Category Archives: Hacktivism

Black Hat Europe: How Machine Learning Offers a New Approach to Uncover IOCs

Indicators of compromise (IOCs) are an incredibly important forensic artifacts which, as the name suggests, are used in incident response and threat research to discover if a system has been compromised. They come in various forms, for example, unusual outbound network traffic, an MD5 file in a temporary directory, or even log-in irregularities. One class of IOCs so far resistant to detection by traditional methods relates to the use of external content in web-based attacks.

At Black Hat Europe earlier today, Trend Micro senior security researcher Marco Balduzzi, explained how a new machine learning approach can reap fantastic results for early detection of such threats. Continue reading

Black Hat: Traditional AV is Dead, Long Live XGen Machine Learning

Today’s IT security bosses are assailed from all sides by a huge variety of online threats. They’re designed to exploit known and unknown vulnerabilities across cloud, mobile, virtual and hybrid environments. And increasingly, they’re developed to outwit traditional signature-based tools. Yet the impact of these threats has never been greater. Data breaches and service outages can lead to heavy industry fines, damage to the brand, lost customers, remediation and clean-up costs, and even heft legal bills.

That’s why we have developed a new statistical-based approach designed to learn as it goes to detect modern unknown threats. This XGen approach was revealed at Black Hat today by senior researcher, Marco Balduzzi. Continue reading

What the BlackEnergy Attacks Can Teach UK Critical Infrastructure Firms

by Ross Dyer

Looking back at the past 12 months you could be forgiven for thinking that cyber security is about little more than stopping data breaches and ransomware. These two trends have certainly dominated the headlines of late. But there’s another strain of cyber threat, which is potentially far more serious than losing some data – however damaging that might be to a company or individual. I’m talking about attacks on critical national infrastructure (CNI) designed to cause physical damage and disruption. Continue reading

TV5 Monde, Russia and the CyberCaliphate

by Rik Ferguson

Yesterday evening French magazine L’Express published a report linking an attack against TV5 Monde very firmly to the Russian state. The attack, which knocked 11 of its global channels off air for a period of time and resulted in a compromised website and Facebook page, took place back in April.

At the time when the attack took place, a group calling itself CyberCaliphate immediately took responsibility for the hack and went on to publish details purportedly of serving French military personnel involved in the struggle against Islamic State or ISIS. The attribution at the time seems simple and immediate; Islamic Extremist motivated hacktivism. Continue reading