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Author: Silviu Stahie

Silviu is a seasoned writer who followed the technology world for almost two decades, covering topics ranging from software to hardware and everything in between. He's passionate about security and the way it shapes the world, in all aspects of life. He's also a space geek, enjoying all the exciting new things the Universe has to offer.

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ISPs Can and Should Protect Users Against DDoS Attacks

Sep 25 by Silviu Stahie
  • Household IoT devices face an ever-increasing risk without proper security
  • Hackers compromise IoT devices and integrate them into botnets responsible for major DDoS attacks
  • ISPs can do much more to protect their customers and infrastructure

IoT makes people's lives more comfortable, but for all the good it does, it's also a prime target for botnets and threat actors. Compromised IoT devices launch DDoS attacks against online services, companies, or even people. There's an entire industry built around the DDoS-as-a-Service principle, and the potential victims don't have many options for protection. A possible solution lies in the hands of ISPs when they choose to provide IoT security to their customers.

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Most SMBs Prepare for an Attack in the Next Six Months, Survey Shows

Sep 23 by Silviu Stahie
  • SMBs are not prepared for security incidents but are looking for more protection
  • Cybersecurity investment from SMB will likely rise
  • A majority of SMBs believe that cybersecurity will be outsourced in the next five years

Small and medium businesses (SMB) know that cybersecurity is a priority, but their leaders also believe that their organization will be the target of an attack in the next six months, according to a new survey from ConnectWise.

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IoT Devices Ship with Security Flaws Because Profit Drive the Market

Sep 18 by Silviu Stahie
  • The main driver of the IoT market is not innovation and the final product suffers
  • The IoT gold rush brings more and more unsecure devices because standards and regulations don’t really exit
  • Security for IoT devices can still be achieved, even in these conditions, and the solution is in the ISPs’ hands

The IoT ecosystem is built on a sand foundation, with its devices always in the spotlight for their lack of security, vulnerabilities and other potential problems looming on the horizon. With no solution in sight, even in the long run, the devices' security now falls into the users' or ISPs' responsibility.

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BEC Attack Payments Are on the Rise, Report Finds

Sep 04 by Silviu Stahie
  • Criminals look for higher BEC payments
  • Gift card frauds are the most common BEC incidents
  • One Russian BEC operation tries to hit companies with $1.27 million attack

The average payments made through Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks are increasing significantly, according to a new report APWG Phishing Activity Trends Report.

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Botnet and Exploit Activity Goes Up as Cybercriminals Shift Focus, Report Shows

Aug 31 by Silviu Stahie
  • Botnet activity is on the rise in Q2 2020
  • Threat actors no longer interested in COVID-10 themes
  • ZeroAccess botnet responsible for much of the current activity

Threat actors have changed their attack vectors and other techniques and procedures (TTP), shifting from COVID-19 themes to more timely subjects like the Black Lives Matter movement and the upcoming US election, according to a new report.

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ISPs Have to Protect Smart Homes to Protect Their Business

Aug 26 by Silviu Stahie

  • Smart homes are already here
  • Cybercriminals look for IoT vulnerabilities
  • Smart home security is a job for ISPs

More and more people have smart homes these days, and the IoT industry's expansion will likely rapidly increase the number of smart homes. It's a situation that should make everyone happy, but the current state of IoT security should have ISPs a lot more worried.

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Law Enforcement Agencies Warn of Vishing Attacks Targeting Employees

Aug 25 by Silviu Stahie

The FBI and Cybersecurity and the US Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an advisory regarding a voice phishing, or vishing, campaign directly targeting employees working from home.

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Average Ransom Payment Rises 60 Percent in Three Months, Study Finds

Aug 19 by Silviu Stahie

Companies continue to pay ransomware demands, and the latest data reveals a 60 percent increase in the average ransom payment in just three months.

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Small Business Owners in the US Hit with Phishing Campaign Impersonating SBA Officials

Aug 17 by Silviu Stahie

An unknown cyber actor is spoofing the Small Business Administration (SBA) COVID-19 loan relief website, trying to trick people into entering their credentials, according to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA.)

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Most CIOs Consider Adopting Emerging Security Technologies in 2020

Aug 14 by Silviu Stahie

CIOs are switching focus from the security of endpoints to the protection of identity access, which is a critical aspect of cybersecurity now that so many people work from remote locations.

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ISPs Should Offer Network Parental Controls and Customers Should Demand It

Aug 13 by Silviu Stahie

Parental Control is something that parents will eventually come to consider when their children start to interact with technology and the online world. Not only can ISPs help with that, but ISPs should consider offering extra features to its customers to stay ahead of the competition.

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Most BEC Attacks Come from a Small Pool of Malicious Accounts, Study Finds

Aug 12 by Silviu Stahie

Business email compromise (BEC) attacks tend to arrive from similar sources, affecting different companies. Barracuda's latest report reveals that 45 percent of all BEC attacks detected since April 1 come from malicious accounts. 

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