PINDROP BLOG

Category: Hacking

May 26, 2017
RoughTed Malvertising Campaign Bypasses Ad Blockers
A long-running, multi-faceted, malvertising campaign has been found using a technique that enables the sites involved to bypass the protections of ad blockers. Malvertising campaigns can take a lot of different forms and they often involve multiple layers of compromised or malicious sites and lots of redirections. Some campaigns are connected to malware operations and…
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May 25, 2017
Active-Defense Bill Now Allows Destruction of Data, Use of Beacon Tech
A bill that would allow victims of cybercrime to use active defense techniques to stop attacks and identify attackers has been amended to require victims to notify the FBI of their actions and also add an exemption to allow victims to destroy their data once they locate it on an attacker’s machine. The Active Cyber Defense…
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May 25, 2017
Serious Samba Flaw Threatens Networks
There is a severe, remotely exploitable vulnerability in many versions of the Samba software that has been siting unnoticed for seven years. The vulnerability is trivial to exploit and there is proof-of-concept exploit code available for it, making it even more dangerous. The Samba maintainers have released a patch for the flaw, and researchers are warning customer…
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May 24, 2017
DDoS Attacks Continue to Grow in Intensity, Shorten in Length
In a new report, Imperva researchers shed some light on how DDoS attacks are evolving and becoming at once more complex and briefer. In the first quarter of this year, 80 percent of all attacks lasted less than an hour with 90 percent of all network layer attacks lasting less than 30 minutes, compared to only 78 percent…
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May 23, 2017
Researchers Find Deeper Links Between WannaCry and Lazarus Group
The links between the WannaCry ransomware and the Lazarus group, which is believed to be responsible for several high-profile attacks, are deeper and more substantial than previously thought, according to new evidence unearthed by security researchers. The Lazarus group is a hacking team tied to North Korea that researchers have linked to a number of…
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May 22, 2017
Decryption Tools Help Turn Tide Against WannaCry
As the WannaCry ransomware campaign stretches on into its second week, researchers have had more and more success developing tools to help users decrypt the files on infected PCs. Last week, French researcher Adrien Guinet released a tool called Wannakey that could recover the private keys used to encrypt files on Windows XP machines. The…
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May 19, 2017
WannaCry is the Future of Ransomware
We knew this was coming. We’ve known for years that a ransomware attack on the scale of WannaCry was not just possible, but probable. What we didn’t know was that when it came it would involve a vulnerability discovered by the NSA, an exploit developed by the NSA, and a backdoor written by the NSA.…
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May 17, 2017
Experts: WannaCry Kill Switches Just a Temporary Fix
While security researchers have had some success in preventing the WannaCry ransomware campaign from becoming a true epidemic with the use of kill switches hidden in the malware’s code, experts say those are just temporary solutions that may not last much longer. The two versions of WannaCry that have emerged so far each have included…
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May 16, 2017
DocuSign Says Breach Led to Phishing Campaign
A recent compromise of a system at DocuSign, the electronic document signing vendor, led to a phishing campaign that’s hitting some of the company’s customers right now. Officials at DocuSign said they had noticed an increase in phishing emails to some customers and users in recent days and began investigating whether the company’s eSignature service…
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May 15, 2017
WannaCry Ransomware Infections Slow as Researchers Fight Back
Three days after the WannaCry ransomware outbreak began, many organizations are still fighting it, despite some temporary solutions implemented over the weekend and the release of some tools to help stop new infections. The ransomware ran rampant through a number of hospitals, telecom providers, and other companies throughout Europe on Friday and continued to spread…
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