GUEST OPINION: The world learned about the Hafnium attacks on Microsoft Exchange servers last year, and it was bad. Since then, more vulnerabilities have been discovered, as well as additional ways that cybercriminals exploit them.
The financial impact of ransomware rose by 60% in 2018, losses from business email compromise (BEC) doubled, cryptojacking incidents - the unauthorised use of others’ computing resources to conduct cryptomining - more than tripled, and there continued to be a steady stream of high-profile data breaches, according to a report from the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance.
A bog standard attack aimed at planting a cryptocurrency miner has been found to be using advanced targeted attack tools as well, the security firm Trend Micro says, pointing out that this behaviour marks a departure from the norm.
The fall in the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has led to a fall in the planting of cryptomining scripts by Windows malware in the third quarter of this year generally, but not in Australia and New Zealand.
Cyber security solutions vendor Trend Micro has released a new program designed to leverage its Zero Day Initiative and to minimise vulnerabilities as smart products are developed.
Security vendor Trustwave has detected an outbreak of router-based cryptojacking in Brazil that is spreading to other parts of the world.
A new strain of cryptomining scripts that work through browsers continue their activity through a pop-under window even after a user shuts their browser, researchers have found.
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