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Financial Sector Business Leaders Targeted by Cyberattacks from India

May 29 by Silviu Stahie

Companies in financial services, consulting and healthcare, along with business leaders, have been targeted by hackers from India using accounts spoofing the World Health Organization (WHO). 

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Enemy Unseen – Part I: How the Dark Web is Shaping Cybercrime

May 29 by Andrei Pisau

While public safety measures have started to relax, the surge of malware accompanying the pandemic is still making headlines. As a recent study points out, hackers have created no less than 130 000 new e-mail domains related to Covid-19 to carry out what analysts now call ”fearware” attacks.

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Executives Bypass Security Protocols for Fear IT Admins Might Peek into Their Private Lives

May 29 by Filip Truta

A point of tension between business leaders and IT departments is exposing organizations to security risks. New research shows that executives are pressuring IT administrators to ease off on security protocols when it comes to their devices, fearful that they might expose their personal lives but also because they find obeying security standards a hassle.

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84% of Businesses Are Likely to Expand WFH Ability Despite Security Risks. Is Remote Work Becoming the New Normal?

May 28 by Alina Bizga

Despite the downsides of replacing on-premise work with remote work, 84% of companies anticipate a consistent expansion of remote work practices, according to a 2020 Remote Work-From-Home Cybersecurity Report published earlier this week.

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Law firm: Phishing Still Top Cause of Data Security Incidents

May 28 by George V. Hulme

In its sixth annual Data Security Incident Response (DSIR) Report, BakerHostetler found that phishing attacks ranked as the leading cause of data incidents among the 959 cybersecurity incidents the law firm helped clients manage last year. This is the fifth year in a row phishing proved to be the top cause of data security incidents in the law firm’s report.

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Secure Your IoT Devices, Hackers Are Coming for Them

May 27 by Silviu Stahie

Our homes are littered with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, even if we might not be aware that they fall into that category. Left unattended, unpatched or unprotected, they are just waiting to be taken over by malicious actors who can use them in numerous nefarious ways. We can now take a closer look at the most vulnerable devices and at what constitutes a threat in the home or business IoT ecosystem.

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Price of Access to Corporate Networks on the Dark Web Went Up in 2020

May 26 by Silviu Stahie

Access to company networks is sold on the dark web, and the latest research indicates that it’s a growing business, with advertisements for this type of illegal access increasing by 69% in Q1 2020 compared with the Q4 2019. 

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Better business days to follow – our channel partners confirm it

May 25 by Andrada Georgescu

We’ve faced life-altering changes over the past few months, and many of us are still learning to cope. The COVID-19 pandemic has also changed the way we do business. After all this disruption, we wanted to take a close look at how our channel partners are doing, so we asked them how the pandemic is influencing their businesses in general. Our project, called Special Bitdefender Research, ran throughout the month of April, giving all our partners worldwide the chance to share their opinion.

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Companies Overwhelmingly Expect Security Risks from Work-from-Home Employees, Survey Shows

May 25 by Silviu Stahie

Many companies rushed to provide their employees with a procedure to work from home, leading to a drastic increase in cyber risks that could directly affect the business, according to a new survey from HiveIO. 

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Growing Threat of Destructive Attacks is One of the Top Cyber Risks Organizations Face

May 25 by Bob Violino

At a time of technological transformation and “cyber everywhere”, the attack surface for organizations is exponentially growing and cyber criminals are going after operational systems and backup capabilities simultaneously in highly sophisticated ways—leading to enterprise-wide destructive cyber attacks.

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Data Breaches and Security Incidents Surged to Record High in 2019, Verizon Report Shows

May 22 by Silviu Stahie

Security incidents and confirmed data breaches jumped to a record high in 2019, according to the 2020 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, which covers 16 industries. 

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The Link Between IoT Botnets and the ' 'ISP's Unpreparedness

May 21 by Silviu Stahie

For the past few years, IoT botnets have set new standards in DDoS attacks. From the notorious Mirai incident in September 2016 that broke the US Internet to ' 'GitHub's record-breaking 1.3 Tbps attack in 2018, cyber-criminals have been constantly trying to outdo themselves. And vulnerable devices in the Internet of Things are surely lending a helping hand. The role of the Internet of Things (IoT) botnets in denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks has been increasing steadily in the past few years.

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94% of IT Professionals Worry More about Security After the Coronavirus Outbreak

May 21 by Alina Bizga

94% of security and IT professionals across the globe have become more concerned about their digital security in the era of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study from Tripwire in partnership with Dimensional Research.

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Downtime Costs up to $50,000 per Hour for SMBs Struggling with Cybersecurity, New Research Shows

May 20 by Filip Truta

Software failure and security issues are the most common causes of costly downtime for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and nearly a quarter of SMBs say they have gone offline in the past year.

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Adding MDR Services to EDR is an Easy Way to Improve Security Outcomes

May 19 by Michael Rosen
  • EDR alerts require rapid and thorough investigation and response to deliver beneficial security outcomes
  • Your business may be at risk and attackers can sneak in and remain if you don’t keep on top of your alerts
  • Upgrading to MDR lets you quickly and painlessly add network security analytics visibility to your defenses
  • MDR brings critical security response capabilities found at Fortune 500 companies to midmarket customers

Raising defenses to meet the demands of the changing threatscape

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40% of IT professionals believe that public clouds are more secure than on-premise environments

May 19 by Alina Bizga

40% of cybersecurity and IT professionals from private and public organizations perceive public clouds as more secure than on-premise environments, according to the latest Cloud Threat Report published by Oracle and KPMG.

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FICO Survey Shows 21% of People Reuse Five or Fewer Passwords on Multiple Services

May 19 by Silviu Stahie

User names and passwords are an essential part of security. A new survey, though, shows people, including employees, tend to reuse the same passwords across multiple online services, leaving both personal and work accounts vulnerable. 

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Hackers Steal $10M in "Wonderfully Done" fraud from Norway’s State Investment Fund

May 18 by Graham Cluley

Norfund, the Norwegian state-owned investment fund for developing countries, has revealed that it has been swindled out of US $10,000,000 (approximately 100 million Norwegian Krona) intended for an institution in Cambodia.

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Infosec Professionals Are More Worried About Corporate Security than Their Own Home Security

May 18 by Filip Truta

New research indicates that infosec professionals are more concerned about their employers’ security than the security of their own home, with the vast majority saying recent data breaches in the business sector have increased their organization’s focus on securing data.

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During a Pandemic, No One Wants to Swipe Their Finger

May 15 by George V. Hulme

While some of the impacts of the current global pandemic could be predicted, such as the move to work from home, cloud computing, and other technological change, one of the changes that one might not consider until in the thick of the pandemic would be biometrics.

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11 Details Your E-Mail Scan May Have Missed And How our Antispam SDK Can Help You Track Them

May 15 by Angel Icusca

As uncertainty continues to dominate the news, the striking wave of cybercrime we’ve seen lately is becoming less of an anomaly and more of a reality. Even the World Health Organization has reported a five-fold increase in attacks directed at its staff, with e-mail scams being the most prevalent.

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Fake Zoom Phishing Campaign Targets Employees for their Office 365 Credentials

May 14 by Silviu Stahie

A phishing campaign using a fake Zoom notification is targeting employees in an effort to steal Office 365 credentials, looking to trick people into entering their user names and passwords into a lookalike website. 

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Tech and Social Media Companies Risk Losing $32.2 Billion Following a Major Data Breach

May 13 by Alina Bizga

Data breaches have turned into an unfortunate reality for companies around the world, accounting for more than 50% percent of all security incidents reported in 2019.

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7 Hot Takes on Cyber Incident Response Planning

May 12 by Ericka Chickowski

When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. And according to a plurality of veteran security experts, far too many organizations today plan to fail at cyber incident response.

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Almost a Third of Companies in Europe and Middle East Still Rely on Classic Credentials for Security

May 11 by Silviu Stahie

Almost 30% of all organizations in Europe and the Middle East continue to rely on passwords as their exclusive authentication method, despite the dangers posed by using such a strategy, according to a recent survey. 

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Employees Share an Average of 8 Passwords between Personal and Work Accounts, Survey Shows

May 08 by Silviu Stahie

A new survey reveals a worrying habit of people reusing old passwords in enterprise environments, not to mention employees sharing the same password between private and work accounts. 

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Time to see it with your own eyes!

May 08 by Bogdan Carlescu

Bitdefender’s hard-to-beat track record in third-party independent testing stretches back many years. The latest 100% APT detection score from AV-Comparatives and the new Best Protection Award from AV-TEST are just the most recent proof of what the industry already knows: Bitdefender builds superior Endpoint Security solutions. There’s a good chance these technologies are protecting you even without you knowing it: a significant portion of the security vendors around the world use Bitdefender security technologies.

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New Kaiji Botnet Malware Targets IoT, But ‘New’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Undetectable’

May 07 by Silviu Stahie

Kaiji is a new IoT malware botnet written in Golang from scratch that searches for poorly configured SSH services and brute-forces its way in. But even if it’s a new strand of malware, a powerful security solution can still pick up its nefarious behavior and intercept it on the way. 

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As Cyberattacks Continue to Rise, Half of Organizations Claim Their Security Professionals Are Able to Tackle Them

May 07 by Alina Bizga

According to research by Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), 51% of companies believe their security and IT professionals are in a position to detect and respond to the wave of cyberattacks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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86% of U.S. and European Companies Suffer Network Security Disruptions Amid Work-from-Home Switch

May 06 by Alina Bizga

A new study from Neustar International Security Council (NISC) shows that 86% of companies have experienced network disruptions due to the sudden shift to remote work.

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Average Enterprise Ransomware Payments Surge 33% in First Quarter

May 06 by Silviu Stahie

The average payment to ransomware operators increased in the Q1 2020, according to a new Coveware report. The COVID-19 pandemic and the troubling economic times are making their mark on ransomware attacks, leaving companies more willing pay. 

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U.S. Officials Anticipate Rise in BEC Scams Against Businesses Seeking Economic Relief

May 05 by Alina Bizga

Losses from cybercrime totaled a staggering $3.5 billion in the U.S. alone, and BEC scams accounted for nearly half, according to the 2019 Internet Crime Report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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DDoS Attack Stats Accelerate in Quarantine Era

May 04 by Ericka Chickowski

Even as internet and cloud solution providers are scrambling to reliably handle increased traffic due to the sudden shifts to distributed workforces in the face of COVID-19, they're also battling strains against their bandwidth from a decidedly less legitimate front. According to several pieces of research out recently, DDoS attackers are turning up the heat in the quarantine era.

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