Tag Archives: Phishing

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

DYRE Banking Malware Surges in Q1: Here’s How to Stop It

by Bharat Mistry

In the cyber security industry there’s often an overwhelming focus on the latest breaking threats and attack techniques – so much so that there’s a danger of forgetting about the staggeringly large volume of existing malware threatening internet users. One such threat is notorious banking trojan DYRE, and the bad news is it has been particularly prolific so far this year.

Trend Micro researchers observed a staggering 125% increase in global infections – from 4,000 in Q4 2015 to 9,000 in the first three months of the year. It seems the cyber criminals behind it have been hard at work once again tweaking the threat to bypass security filters and improve their chances of success. Continue reading

Vishing for Victims: Building Awareness to Beat the Fraudsters

by Ross Dyer

Well that’s the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness over for another year. This curiously American tradition of shopping excess around Thanksgiving weekend has well and truly come to the UK, and with it warnings that online fraudsters are looking to exploit distracted retailers and fraudsters around this period for their own ends. But while it’s obviously important that businesses and their customers stay vigilant to the increased risks of cyber attack, that’s not the only story we should be concerned about this week. Continue reading

Operation Pawn Storm: How to Spot and Block APTs

by Ross Dyer

Most recently, our dedicated team of threat researches at TrendLabs  uncovered a sophisticated and ongoing cyber espionage campaign known as Operation Pawn Storm targeting military, embassies, defence contractors and media organizations in the US and its allied countries. Let’s dig a bit deeper. Continue reading