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Crypto Back Doors Are Still a Bad Idea

In the always interesting Lawfare blog, former FBI counsel Jim Baker in a piece called Rethinking Encryption reiterates his take on the encryption debates. There's a certain amount that makes me want to bang my head against the wall... But it's worth reading to remind us of what the other side is thinking, even with a lot of motivated reasoning that makes him conclude that Congress can pass some laws and the going dark problem will be solved. more

Cybercriminals Benefitting from Stalled Privacy/Proxy Policy

We've seen alarmingly BIG increases in multiple abusive behaviors – like phishing, hacking and malware – that often leverage the domain name system (DNS) and privacy/proxy services. Cybercriminals capitalize on gaps in DNS security measures, and ICANN is holding the door open for them by failing to implement their privacy/proxy policy. If you are ever targeted, you are not alone. more

Cybercriminals Weaponize Bulk-Registered Domain Names

Domain names that can be rapidly acquired, used in an attack, and abandoned before they can be traced are a critical resource for cybercriminals. Some attacks, including spam and ransomware campaigns and criminal infrastructure operation (e.g., "botnets"), benefit particularly from the ability to rapidly and cheaply acquire very large numbers of domain names – a tactic known as bulk registration. more

Encryption and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Just over one week ago, the New York Times published a major investigation into the intractable problem of illegal sexual images of minors being exchanged online. Despite flaws in the story and its companion pieces, the main take-away that Internet companies have failed to adequately address the problem has resonated widely. Prostasia Foundation too has been critical of some of the Internet platforms called out in the article. But at the same time, we need to be realistic about how much responsibility we can (or should) place on tech firms to solve this problem. more

IGF Best Practice Forums, an Opportunity to Bring Your Experience to the Policy Debate

In the run-up to the 14th Internet Governance Forum in Berlin, Germany, 25 to 29 November, different groups are discussing best practices pertaining to specific internet governance policy questions. These groups are open and thrive on your input and experiences. Their findings will be presented at the IGF and published shortly after. The IGF Best Practice Forums intend to inform internet governance policy debates by drawing on the immense and diverse range of experience and expertise... more

How Domain Data Helps Thwart BEC Fraud

It's true, domain data has many practical uses that individuals and organizations may or may not know about. But most would likely be interested in how it can help combat cyber threats, which have been identified as the greatest risks businesses will face this year. Dubbed as the greatest bane of most organizations today, cybersecurity can actually be enhanced with the help of domain data. How? more

Business Email Compromised (BEC) Scams Explode Under the GDPR Implementation

Business email compromised (BEC) attacks targeting American companies are exploding, with an increase of over 476% in incidents between Q4 2017 and Q4 2018. Up as well is email fraud with companies experiencing an increase of over 226%. These highly targeted attacks use social engineering to identify specific company employees, usually in the finance department and then convince these employees to wire large sums of money to third-party banking accounts owned by the attackers. more

Proactive Cybersecurity: What Small Businesses Can Actually Do

In the business world, there are two main paths a company can take with cybersecurity -- the reactive and the proactive approach. The problem with a purely reactive attitude is that it can easily put companies in constant firefighting mode. And for small companies with limited resources, this can turn out to be an increasingly uncomfortable place to be in.
With that in mind, experts today suggest proactive cybersecurity by monitoring suspicious activity and identifying risks before they turn into full-blown attacks. more

GDPR Fine Enough or More Disclosure?

The UK cares about its citizens' privacy to the tune of a $229 million (US) fine of British Airways for a breach that disclosed information of approximately half a million customers. It's exciting -- a significant fine for a significant loss of data. I think GDPR will lead to improved security of information systems as companies scramble to avoid onerous fines and start to demand more from those who provide information security services and products. more

WHOIS Database Download: Proactive Defense Against the Rising Tide of BEC Fraud

How many times have you heard that humans are the weakest link in cybersecurity? The headlines have proven that over and over again. In particular, business email compromise or BEC (also known as email account compromise or EAC) scams, which typically target an employee with access to the financial resources of his company -- this could be a C-level executive or any high-ranking officer -- for fraud are still on a constant uphill trend. more

Greater Caribbean Cooperation Needed to Combat Cyber Crimes

The Caribbean is under virtual siege as incidents of cyber attacks and cyber crimes surge across the region. "The sophisticated use of technology by highly incentivised criminal organisations has created unprecedented opportunities for transnational crime elements that no one region, country or entity can fight on its own. More inter-regional cooperation and collaboration are needed to develop and implement smart and integrated approaches to fight new and emerging cyber threats." more

Domain Related Crime: The 4 Steps of Effective Investigations

There is no rest for the wicked. If you think that 2018 was the climax of cybercrime, wait until you see what happens in the next few years as cybercriminals are constantly learning new ways to strike. Take for instance domain-related attacks now coming in a variety of forms. There's domain hijacking which involves gaining of access to domains and making changes without owners' permission. You have typosquatting where phishing is often utilized to steal valuable information. more

A Case for Regulating Social Media Platforms

There are some who see the regulation of social media platforms as an attack on the open internet and free speech and argue that the way to protect that is to let those platforms continue to self-regulate. While it is true that the open internet is the product of the same freedom to innovate that the platforms have sprung from, it is equally the product of the cooperative, multi-stakeholder organisations where common policy and norms are agreed. more

Investigating Domain Name Crime: Challenges and Essential Techniques

Who would think that so much could go wrong with something as seemingly innocent as a domain name? As cybercrime continues to evolve, causing devastating reputational and financial losses to businesses and organizations, web addresses are used as a weapon -- and it's not always easy to notice their many faces. In this article, let's take a look at the domain name crime landscape, discuss the current challenges investigators and legitimate registrants face, and talk about some useful techniques. more

Putting Cyber Threats Into Perspective

As society uses more digital technologies we are increasingly also faced with its problems. Most of us will have some horror stories to tell about using computers, smartphones, and the internet. But this hasn't stopped us from using the technology more and more. I believe that most people would say that their lives would be worse without technology -- in developed countries but equally in the developing world. more

News Briefs

Leading Domain Registries and Registrars Release Joint Document on Addressing 'DNS Abuse'

More Than 500 Schools in the U.S. Hit by Ransomware in 2019, Says Report

Cyber Risk Now on Top of Corporate Risk Agendas, Cyber Insurance Expanding

281 Arrested Worldwide by US Federal Authorities in Connection With Business Email Compromise Scheme

The Insecurity of the IoT is Only Getting More Profound, Says Principal Researcher at F-Secure

Ransomware Causes 15 Schools in Arizona To Stay Closed For a Second Day

Phishing Attacks Targeting Executives Now Top Cybersecurity Insurance Claims, Says AIG

By 2021 Cost of Cybercrime to Top Annual Natural Disasters and Global Drug Trade Costs, Says Report

Close to 200K Phishing Domains Discovered in a 5-Month Span, 66% Targetted Consumers, Akamai Reports

A Seattle Woman Charged With Capital One Data Theft Affecting 106 Million People

A 60% Rise Reported on Malware Designed to Harvest Consumers' Digital Data, aka Password Stealers

Florida Cities Are Paying Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Ransom to Get Their Data Back

Baltimore Gets Hacked: Main Computer Systems Crippled, Experts Estimate Months to Recover

Hackers in Possession of Over 312K Files, 516GB Financial Data of Some of World's Largest Companies

Hacker Has Released Close to a Billion User Records Over the Past Two Months, Reports ZDNet

FBI, Department of Homeland Security Issue Warning About a North Korean Trojan Malware Variant

Russia Is Studying China's Legislative Experience in Fighting Internet Corruption, Cyber-Terrorism

Cryptominers Infected 10x More Organizations Than Ransomware in 2018

Volunteer-Based Project Succeeds in Taking Down 100,000 Malware Distribution Sites Within 10 Months

McAfee Labs 2018 Report Reveals 480 New Threats Per Minute, Sharp Increase in IoT-Focused Malware

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Taking Back the DNS

Domain Tasting Target of US Federal Cybersquatting Lawsuit

Fake Bank Site, Fake Registrar

When Registrars Look the Other Way, Drug-Dealers Get Paid

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Threat Intelligence Platform Updates – Sponsor

Cloud and IaaS DLP Woes: Is Additional Threat Intelligence a Solution?

Cloud-based technologies are effective means to gain visibility into the IT challenges faced by organizations. Adopting them enabled infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) providers to increase client uptime, security, and compliance, all the while giving more flexibility to scale up or down to respond to opportunities and challenges on time. more

Can Network and Threat Data Correlation Improve SIEM Solutions?

More and more businesses contend with rising cybersecurity threats. The mounting numbers are pressuring managed service providers (MSPs) to employ sophisticated tools to secure each of their client's systems, network architectures, and confidential information. more

Can Security Operations Centers (SOC) Benefit from Third-Party Threat Intelligence?

Businesses today have to deal with cybersecurity issues daily. Recent trends show an ever-increasing number of hacked networks and breached data. Studies also show that those victimized often have weak cybersecurity measures in place, forcing them to spend more on resources to combat oncoming attacks. more

The More Threat Intelligence Integrated Into Security Solutions, the Better?

Today's sophisticated threats present enormous risks for any business. The more connected a company is, the more prone it is to cyber attacks. Enterprises need to devise ways to protect the integrity of their data and ensure that their systems are safe from cyberthreats. more

More than Ever: Why Organizations Need Proactive Defense in 2019

In the first half of 2019 alone, several data breaches have already exposed as many as 4.1 billion personal records. We've seen even industry giants and low-key players alike succumb to all kinds of data compromise. more

Unraveling Unsolved Mysteries with Threat Intelligence

Have you ever heard of Lake City Quiet Pills? It refers to a mysterious site that first made waves on Reddit in 2009 and has since resurfaced. What Is Lake City Quiet Pills? more

How Threat Intelligence Can Solve 3 Common SIEM Problems

Security information and event management (SIEM) solutions are an excellent way to get incident data from an organization's network and put them all in one place. But as a network's complexity grows, so do the problems these SIEM vendors face with regard to providing the right products to clients. more

Industry Updates

Being Cybersecure Is Not Enough, Become Cyber-Resilient Instead

Can Security Analytics Combat Digital Fraud with IP and Domain Name Monitoring?

Alleviating the Constant Clash Between DevSecOps and DevOps Teams

Moving from the Castle-and-Moat to the Zero-Trust Model

Why IT Security and DevOps Teams Are Often at Odds

Mitigation and Remediation: Where Threat Intelligence Fits In

4 Cybersecurity Jobs Created in Response to Evolving Threats

Cloud and IaaS DLP Woes: Is Additional Threat Intelligence a Solution?

Carpet-Bombing Attacks: A Rising Threat to ISPs

How Threat Intelligence Prevents Nameserver Takeovers and Their Far-Reaching Damage

Can Network and Threat Data Correlation Improve SIEM Solutions?

Information Rights Management or User Access Management, Which One Is Better?

Can Security Operations Centers (SOC) Benefit from Third-Party Threat Intelligence?

4 Challenges in Digital Rights Management to Reflect On

The More Threat Intelligence Integrated Into Security Solutions, the Better?

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