PINDROP BLOG

Category: Hacking

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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May 12, 2017
Major Ransomware Attack Sweeps Europe
UPDATE–Attackers have hit several hospitals in the UK, along with major corporations in Spain and other countries with  a ransomware attack, disrupting network and phone operations and forcing some of the hospitals to postpone non-emergency services and divert patients to other facilities. The attack, initially detected at hospitals and other medical facilities in the UK…
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May 10, 2017
Cisco Patches Critical IOS Flaw
More than a month after details emerged of a critical remote code execution vulnerability in hundreds of models of Cisco switches, the company has released a patch to close the hole. The vulnerability is one of the many bugs that was identified when the so-called Vault 7 documents were released in March. The documents are…
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May 5, 2017
New Report Highlights Increasing Strength of DDoS Attacks
The number and intensity of DDoS attacks have sharply increased in the first quarter of 2017, according to a new report by Neustar. There have been more than twice as many DDoS attacks of more than 50 Gbps in the past year as compared to 2016, with 45 percent of attacks being more than 10 Gbps and 15 percent being at least…
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