Weekly Security Roundup #89: When Hackers Get Hacked

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Not a week goes by without new cyber security threats.

In our latest blog article, my colleage Andra warns about Scylex, a new complex financial security malware that might become a high-threat for financial institutions.

Advertised on a notorious malicious hackers forum, Scylex is a new financial crime kit that strives to be the next Zeus. The creators proudly claim that they developed it from scratch.

It’s currently under monitoring and we’ll keep you updated with any additional information.

Now here are the top 10 most important cyber security news of the past week:



Security articles of the week


1. The NSA hack

In this past week, the spotlight was on the NSA hack.

A group of hackers called “The Shadow Brokers” claimed to have hacked a group linked to the NSA. They dumped a bunch of its hacking tools to prove it and asked for 1 million bitcoin (around $568 million) to release more files.


2. Meet the men who spy on women through their webcams using RATs

So you thought putting tape on your laptop’s webcam is an extremely paranoid measure?

You’ll change your mind after reading this article.


3. Security researcher turns the table on cyber scammers

Scammer gets tricked by security researcher, ends up infected with ransomware.


4. Stealing bitcoins with badges: How Silk Road’s dirty cops got caught

Here’s a long article for you to read over the weekend, about the Silk Road bust.


5. Healthcare’s latest cyber threat: source code for sale on the dark web

A new threat for healthcare: source code went for sale on the dark web. Forbes article explains why this matters.


6. Credit-card stealing malware hits Hyatt, Marriott, Sheraton hotel chains

Hotels belonging to HEI Hotels & Resorts were attacked by hackers who planted credit-card stealing malware on their systems.

HEI Hotels & Resorts includes well known brands such as Westin, Marriott, Sheraton, Hyatt, Intercontinental.


7. SMS scams targeting parents

This one’s a pretty common scam in my country, and it looks like it now reached UK.

It may sound like a parent’s nightmare but it’s just a scam. Here’s how it works: targets receive a text message from someone purpoting to be their child, claiming they were hurt, can’t talk over the phone and need a favor.

Whether to make a few bucks or steal your login credentials, fraudsters have plenty of reasons to send you scam SMS messages. With that in mind, users should always err on the side of caution when they receive any message – especially one that is urgent – from a number they don’t know.


8. New Linux malware installs Bitcoin mining software on the infected device

As my colleague, Andra Zaharia, was saying: malware comes in many shapes and sizes, but its objective is always the same: to make as much money as possible for the attacker.


9. Why ransomware is booming in 2016

Here’s why the 2016 digital landscape is perfect for ransomware.


10. What your hacked account is worth on the dark web

Some people just don’t care about the possibility of getting hacked. They don’t understand how all that information can be used by cyber criminals.

This article from Sophos shows just how valuable our accounts are.


Conclusion


Cyber threats take multiple forms and are in a continuous evolution.

No matter what new malware will appear next, always keep in mind that your data is like gold. Protect it accordingly.