Category Archives: Malware

Pawn Storm: Back with a Vengeance to Target French Presidential Hopeful Macron

by Ross Dyer

Thought you’d seen the last of prolific hacking group Pawn Storm? Think again. Just-published research from Trend Micro reveals fascinating new insights into one of the world’s longest-running cyber espionage groups. As politicians in the US continue to argue over the impact of its audacious campaign against Democratic Party officials last year, Pawn Storm is at it again, attempting to influence public option ahead of major elections in France and Germany.

We’ve discovered multiple phishing domains set up by the group explicitly to target French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron and German political organisations allied to two main parties there.

Our report, Two Years of Pawn Storm, reveals a highly organised and sophisticated group whose tactics should make essential reading for any IT security professional looking to improve their organisation’s defences. Continue reading

Attention CEOs: Report Reveals Major Impact of Breaches on Share Price

by Bharat Mistry

We’ve been talking about the importance of elevating cybersecurity to the boardroom for decades. And despite the growing number of errant companies out there suffering high profile data breaches over the years, there are many CEOs who still don’t get it. That’s why we were interested to read a new piece of research linking serious cyber incidents for the first time to share price performance.

It revealed that severe breaches on average cost public companies 1.8% of their value, running into £120 million for a typical FTSE100 firm. That should be enough to make any board sit up and take notice, and begin plans to implement effective layered security to mitigate cyber risk.

It’s just part of the message we’ll be taking to the Infosecurity Europe show in London this June. So be sure to drop by Stand D25 to find out more. Continue reading

Trend Micro’s TECHDAY a Hit as IT Leaders Tackle Challenge of User Education

by Bharat Mistry

We all know the job of the under-pressure IT boss is getting harder by the day. And as recent revelations from WikiLeaks have shown us, it’s not being made any easier by those institutions nominally designed to keep us safe. With the likes of the CIA allegedly actively developing exploits, the threat landscape is certainly broader and more complex than it has ever been, and that makes mitigating information security risk all the more challenging. That’s why Trend Micro runs events like yesterday’s TECHDAY. They offer a great opportunity for IT practitioners to learn from some of the leading figures in the industry, as well as network with their peers.

Interestingly, some of the key take-aways for Trend Micro after the event were the number of attendees who ranked user education as their top challenge for the year ahead. Continue reading

The UK is Under Cyber Attack, But the Fightback Starts Now

by Bharat Mistry

We all know the UK is under attack on an unprecedented scale. A government report from 2016 claimed two-thirds of large businesses had been hit over the past 12 months. The launch of the National Cyber Security Centre will help, of course. But for IT and business leaders looking to craft an effective cyber response, it’s vital to know what’s actually happening on the ground. That’s why Trend Micro recently interviewed hundreds of decision makers on the IT coal face. With their feedback, we produced a report which will help to reveal the scale of the problem facing firms, their key cybersecurity challenges, major areas of weakness, and what IT teams are doing to respond.

We found that the vast majority favour a coordinated, multi-layered approach featuring advanced security tools from a single, established vendor. Continue reading