Tag: cyber attack

Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: Heightened threat activity expected as global conflicts surge

Cybersecurity Threat Advisory: Heightened threat activity expected as global conflicts surge

As tensions continue to rise between Russia and Ukraine, threat actors have targeted both the Ukrainian government and other Ukrainian organizations. Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks took down the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and Military’s websites. Similar attacks were deployed against PrivatBank and...

/ February 24, 2022
Spear phishing report: Attackers’ evolving tactics and targets

Spear phishing report: Attackers’ evolving tactics and targets

As cybercriminals adjust who they’re targeting most, all employees, not just top executives, need to be prepared for spear phishing attacks. Between May 2020 and June 2021, Barracuda researchers analyzed more than 12 million cyberattacks impacting more than 3 million...

/ August 2, 2021
DDoS “celebrates” 25th anniversary with a spike

DDoS “celebrates” 25th anniversary with a spike

The first documented widespread distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack occurred in 1996 when New York City-based internet provider, Panix, was attacked. The New York Times described it: Beginning Sept. 6 and continuing through at least last Tuesday, a hacker intent on shutting...

/ May 12, 2021
Pandemic cybersecurity in South Africa

Pandemic cybersecurity in South Africa

The coronavirus has brought economic devastation to all parts of the world. As a journalist based in the United States, I understandably tend to focus on the United States. But it’s easy to become so focused on one’s home country that...

/ July 30, 2020
Lateral movement cyberattacks remain relevant

Lateral movement cyberattacks remain relevant

As the pandemic rages around the world and workers continue to hunker down remotely, it seems as everything has changed. Yet, in some ways, the old adage – the more things change, the more they stay the same – still...

/ July 16, 2020
Tax scam season arrives

Tax scam season arrives

While your clients are busy preparing for the impact of coronavirus shutdowns on their businesses, MSPs must stay vigilant when it comes to the annual influx of tax scams. In the past, these scams centered around W-2 form theft. Because...

/ April 21, 2020
Conversation hijacking emerges as a cybersecurity threat

Conversation hijacking emerges as a cybersecurity threat

Recent research by Barracuda Networks highlights the growing dangers of “conversation hijacking.” According to the research, an analysis of approximately 500,000 monthly email attacks shows a 400 percent increase in these types of attacks. There were approximately 500 incidents in...

/ February 6, 2020
The risks of state-sponsored cyberattacks are rising

The risks of state-sponsored cyberattacks are rising

When tensions between Iran and the United States threatened to spill over into an all-out war, concern immediately turned towards state-sponsored cyberattacks. Tom Reagan, U.S. cyber practice leader at Marsh, an insurance brokerage and risk management consulting firm, told CNBC...

/ January 30, 2020
Building a defense from social engineering attacks

Building a defense from social engineering attacks

Last week Smarter MSP examined the security threat that social engineering poses to organizations  of all sizes. Social engineering is a technique that hackers use to gain access to  an organization’s network, without having to break down the metaphorical door....

/ May 29, 2019
Social engineering: a hacker’s most effective weapon

Social engineering: a hacker’s most effective weapon

What is the weakest link in your client’s network? It’s not unpatched software (although you should patch) or the unimaginative passwords (although you should change it). The weakest links are humans themselves. It’s Joan in accounting or Stan in human...

/ May 22, 2019 / 1 Comment