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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Some Small Business Owners Expect IRS and WHO to Send them Emails, Survey Reveals

Apr 29 by Silviu Stahie

The economics behind the current COVID-19 pandemic creates gateways for possible cybersecurity intrusions, and consumers and small business owners (SMB) are among the most affected, according to a survey from IBM Security and Morning Consult. 

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Bad Bot Traffic Is on the Rise, and Financial Services Industry Takes the Brunt

Apr 23 by Silviu Stahie

Companies with an online presence are directly affected by bad bot traffic, forcing them to divert essential resources to deal with a problem that’s becoming increasingly larger. Just in 2019, 24.1% of the entire Internet traffic came from bad bot traffic. 

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Coronavirus Is a New Challenge for Cybersecurity

Apr 20 by Silviu Stahie

If you think the COVID-19 epidemic means a respite from cyberattacks against companies, you’d be wrong. If anything, the situation is worse, as organizations divert resources to other parts of the business, leaving their infrastructure exposed. And the proof of that is the flurry of attacks against hospitals.

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Don’t Underestimate Spam and Phishing Scams - Pandemic Gives ISPs the Job of SOCs

Apr 10 by Silviu Stahie

The COVID-19 epidemic has sent the world into a frenzy. With so many companies choosing to send their employees to work from home, the job of the security department has become all the more important.

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FBI Issues Warning about BEC Scams Using Cloud-based Email Services

Apr 08 by Silviu Stahie

Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams are on the rise and have already generated actual losses totaling $2.1 billion in the past five years. Now, the FBI has issued yet another warning regarding the impersonation of a couple of popular cloud-based email services used in BEC scams. 

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