Veteran security researcher Chester Wisniewski says the takedown of the Emotet botnet is to be welcomed but notes that the primary Emotet operators were not apprehended, which meant that they would rebuild new infrastructure and go back to business as usual.
Authorities in a number of European countries, along with the US and Canada, have disrupted the activities of the Emotet botnet.
GUEST OPINION by Tim Roughton, regional sales manager at Varonis: In 2020, many organisations struggled to secure their networks against the expanded threat surface created by the sudden transition to remote work. Businesses sped up plans to move to the cloud and relied on new collaboration approaches and adoption of tools to keep business moving. Companies focused on ensuring business continuity and remote access — all too often at the expense of security.
GUEST RESEARCH: Q3 2020 Internet Security Report sheds light on COVID-19 threat trends, growing network attacks, malware targeting US SCADA systems, and more.
Webroot has released its annual list of the Nastiest Malware, "revealing phishing, botnet attacks and ransomware as 2020’s most vicious cybersecurity threats".
Criminals are taking advantage of the coronavirus outbreak according to analyst firm GlobalData which has revealed the spread of new malware by criminals raising fears about the disease.
An infection of Windows systems by the Emotet malware was the precursor to the recent ransomware attack on Victorian hospitals, the Australian Cyber Security Centre says, as part of a warning that Emotet, which has been around since 2014, is being spread in Australia by malicious emails.
A borough in Alaska, which has been reduced to using typewriters after a massive ransomware attack on its Windows machines, has begun a PR campaign to try and portray the dire situation it finds itself in as one that brings out the best in its people.
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