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All in a Spammer’s Workweek: Where Do the Busiest Spammers Work Around the Clock?

IBM X-Force Kassel is a research team that operates massive spam honeypots and monitoring, gleaning data from billions of unsolicited emails every year. With such large amounts of spam coming in, we can more easily map trends. We looked at one recently when analyzing the spammer’s workweek. Our goal in this analysis was to delve into six months of data
Publish At:2017-08-21 15:05 | Read:151 | Comments:0 | Tags:Advanced Threats Fraud Protection Threat Intelligence IBM X-

Protecting Against Spam and Phishing Attacks With a Layered Approach to Email Security

Layered schemes are used in most information security strategies, and it is essential to establish a similar approach to protecting the organization from unwanted email. In fact, spam and phishing are some of the biggest problems IT security managers face today. According to LinkedIn’s “2017 Cybersecurity Trends Report,” phishing attacks ar
Publish At:2017-08-17 19:00 | Read:202 | Comments:0 | Tags:Fraud Protection Risk Management Email Fraud Prevention Phis

Incident Response and Threat Intelligence: A Potent One-Two Punch to Fight Cybercrime

Cybercriminals and their tactics are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Given the rash of widespread, devastating attacks thus far in 2017, this trend shows no signs of slowing down. It’s no longer enough to simply implement incident response solutions. Today’s threats require a dedicated team of security experts to maximize these tools with
Publish At:2017-08-17 19:00 | Read:170 | Comments:0 | Tags:Incident Response Security Services Threat Intelligence Adva

Stay Up to Date on Threat Intelligence With New X-Force Exchange Capabilities

As both a parent and a bit of a nerd, I have a lot of corny jokes in my arsenal that cover a wide range of topics including animals, food, science fiction and the like. One of my favorite jokes comes from my data science background: “I never metadata I didn’t like.” This joke has it all: wordplay, the spirit of a joke your uncle might tell
Publish At:2017-08-16 09:00 | Read:185 | Comments:0 | Tags:Threat Intelligence X-Force Research IBM X-Force Exchange IB

Elementary, My Dear Watson: Identifying and Understanding Malware With Cognitive Security

Malware is a major cause of cyberattacks today, with fraudsters using targeted spear phishing emails and social engineering to distribute malicious files to unsuspecting employees at various organizations. To make matters worse, malware has evolved to avoid detection by traditional security tools and systems. Take the CozyDuke malware campaign as an example.
Publish At:2017-08-14 16:57 | Read:170 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cognitive Security Intelligence & Analytics Cognitive Securi

Cloud Security and the New Cold War: Corporate Strategies for Winning Digital Battles

Thirty years ago, the Cold War threatened to spill over from high-level espionage into full-blown warfare between the world’s two great superpowers. But there could be a new conflict on the horizon. Nature recently highlighted “The Darkening Web,” a new book by Alexander Klimburg, program director at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
Publish At:2017-08-11 15:05 | Read:286 | Comments:0 | Tags:Cloud Security Cloud Connected Devices Data Breach Data Prot

Where Are They Today? Cybercrime Trojans That No One Misses: Shifu Malware

This is the first installment in an ongoing series about banking malware that faded away in 2017. Cybercrime is a very dynamic threat landscape. With over 100 million malware strains tracked by AV-TEST in 2016, malware can be a dime a dozen. When it comes to the more organized cybercrime groups and sophisticated banking Trojan projects, malware families are
Publish At:2017-08-08 16:20 | Read:234 | Comments:0 | Tags:Banking & Financial Services Fraud Protection Malware Threat

Security Monitoring and Analytics: From Tools to Platforms

Janus, the ancient Roman god of beginnings and endings — from which we get the name for January, the first month of the calendar year — was depicted as having two faces: one looking backward and one looking forward. In the context of time, it can be argued that security monitoring and analytics initiatives are the Janus of contemporary cybersecurity. LetR
Publish At:2017-08-07 21:55 | Read:140 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Intelligence & Analytics Incident Forensics Securit

Threat Hunting Services Are Now a Basic Necessity

For the past few years, the security industry has seen a gradual move away from traditional, resource-heavy endpoint protection agents to next-generation solutions in response to the increasing sophistication of malware, cybercriminal tactics and the threat landscape at large. Traditional host intrusion detection systems (HIDS) built on signature-based det
Publish At:2017-08-07 21:55 | Read:253 | Comments:0 | Tags:Endpoint Security Intelligence & Analytics Security Services

Hello, My Name Is Space Rogue

IBM X-Force Red marked its first-year anniversary with the addition of security specialists, including Space Rogue, who increases the team’s impressive roster of talent. Hello, my name is Space Rogue. Well, actually, it’s Cris Thomas, but the security community is most likely to recognize my work over the past two decades under my pseudonym. The
Publish At:2017-07-28 03:30 | Read:316 | Comments:0 | Tags:Application Security Security Services X-Force Research IBM

Employee Education Is the Key to Enhanced Protection for Energy Companies

It’s a surprise to no one that computer systems need enhanced protection to reduce their susceptibility to cyberattacks, as recent events such as the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks have shown us. These infestations proved that government operations and critical infrastructures are as much at risk as corporate systems. Of particular concern are energy
Publish At:2017-07-21 15:25 | Read:246 | Comments:0 | Tags:Energy & Utility Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) E

TrickBot Habla Español: Trojan Widens Its Attack Scope in Spain, Brings Redirection Attacks to Local Banks

The TrickBot Trojan has been steadily ramping up its activity this year, going into a rather intensive period of updates and attacks that started in Q2 2017. From the looks of it, TrickBot’s operators have been investing heavily into widening the scope of their attacks and are preparing redirection attacks against banks in 19 different countries. After
Publish At:2017-07-19 08:05 | Read:288 | Comments:0 | Tags:Banking & Financial Services Fraud Protection Malware Threat

How Virus Protection Software Has Evolved With the Threat Landscape

John McAfee turned some heads in the security community two years ago when he declared that the virus protection software industry, which he is widely credited with creating 30 years ago, is dead. “In 1987, new applications for the Windows platform were being developed and released at a rate of about one new application per month,” he wrote. &#
Publish At:2017-07-17 19:15 | Read:347 | Comments:0 | Tags:Endpoint Fraud Protection Antivirus Malware Security Service

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Industry: Second-Most Attacked Sector in 2016

The information and communication technology (ICT) industry has evolved greatly over the last several decades. The interconnected nature of ICT devices and systems, along with modern society’s dependence on the technologies and services this sector provides, increases the risk of cyberattack. Furthermore, firms in this industry often act as a clearingh
Publish At:2017-07-10 21:30 | Read:303 | Comments:0 | Tags:Industries Threat Intelligence X-Force Research Buffer Overf

The Emergence of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in the Security Operations Center

Organizations are increasingly clustering their skills and capabilities into security operations centers (SOCs). An SOC is a focused facility where security specialists monitor, assess and defend against computer security issues. Introducing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology into this environment can enhance the team’s performa
Publish At:2017-07-03 23:50 | Read:279 | Comments:0 | Tags:Security Intelligence & Analytics IBM QRadar SIEM Security I

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