As the coronavirus drives a massive upsurge in remote working, a review of remote desktop protocol usage suggests RDP adoption hasn't spiked. But as IT teams rely more heavily on remote access, experts warn that too many RDP systems remain internet-exposed.
The FBI warns that the notorious FIN7 cybercrime gang has a new trick up its sleeve: Mailing victims a $50 gift card portrayed as good for redeeming items listed on an accompanying USB storage device, which in reality downloads Griffon backdoor software to give attackers remote access.
Zoom has apologized for sharing large sets of user data by default with Facebook, blaming the social network's software development kit, which it has removed from its iOS app. With COVID-19 driving unprecedented levels of remote working, video conferencing software is under the privacy and security microscope.
If vulnerabilities in 4G cellular networks that can expose them to denial-of-service and other attacks are not addressed, emerging 5G networks could inherit these same issues, the security firm Positive Technologies reports.
Cybercriminals are waging brute-force attacks that enable them to change DNS settings on home and small business routers to redirect victims to fake COVID-19-themed websites that push infostealer malware, according to the security firm Bitdefender.
With the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, and the global shift to work from home, Tom Kellermann of VMware Carbon Black sees a corresponding increase in hacking and espionage attempts against U.S. agencies, businesses and citizens. He says add "digital distancing" to your precautions.
As cybercriminals and nation-states take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to further their own aims, authorities are calling on victims to report online attacks as quickly as possible to help them better disrupt such activity.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes how cybercriminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. Also featured: A discussion of potential 2020 election changes; tips for staying secure in a remote workplace.
COVID-19: Modern society has never seen anything like it, and neither have financial markets. Venture capitalist Alberto Yépez analyzes the impact of the disease caused by the new coronavirus on public and private companies' valuations, as well as technology buyers and the threat environment.
Cybercriminals, and perhaps nation-state hackers, that are attempting to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic are now turning their attention to mobile devices to spread malware, including spyware and ransomware, security researchers warn.
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, cybercriminals increasingly are targeting organizations that now have more remote workers and fewer IT and security staff at the ready to mitigate hacker attacks and intrusions, security experts say.