From the Winter 2023 Issue

Fighting Against Cybercriminals: Using The FBI’s Out-of-the-Box Approach

Author(s):

Anh Tran, Senior Data Scientist, DevoTeam

Fighting Against Cybercriminals

It is no exaggeration that cybercrime, if not addressed effectively, could change the shape of the economy. Its costs are predicted to reach $10.5 trillion USD annually by 2025, up from $3 trillion USD in 2015, according to Cybersecurity Ventures [1]. If it were measured as a country, cybercrime would be the world’s third-largest economy … Read more

From the Winter 2023 Issue

Dynamic Malware Including Trends from 2022

Author(s):

Meghan Jacquot, Security Engineer, Inspectiv

Dynamic Malware

As cybersecurity professionals, defenders and red teamers, we are well aware of the pervasiveness of malware. Malicious software, written in a variety of programming languages and distributed in many ways, continues to be a main lever in cyber-attacks.  Just as we read articles, attend conferences, and continue our learning, so do threat actors. It is … Read more

From the Summer 2022 Issue

Enterprise IoT is Currently Extremely Inadequate – But it Doesn’t Have To Be

Author(s):

Brian Contos, Chief Security Officer, Phosphorus Cybersecurity

The state of Internet of Things (IoT) security across the enterprise and government agencies is shockingly bad. IoT devices are highly vulnerable; therefore, making organizations vulnerable. In many ways enterprise IoT security today is like IT security in the early 1990’s with poor asset inventories, limited patching, and weak credentials, which is to say, enterprise … Read more

From the Fall 2020 Issue

Guidelines for Identifying Social Engineering Techniques Associated With COVID-19

Author(s):

Jeanna Bray, Freelance Training Consultant, Author

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Cybercriminals do not empathize with global health emergencies. They take advantage of any situation they can profit from. Such is the case with the current COVID-19 outbreak. This is aggravated by the stress that organizations in the Healthcare and Logistics sectors are under. The overload they experience makes them a much more vulnerable target, and … Read more

Logic Bombs: How to Prevent Them

Author(s):

Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

Logic Bomb concept, illustrating logic bombs, tick tock, white time bomb

A logic bomb is a piece of malicious code that hackers insert into a software or operating system. This code lies dormant until a specific condition occurs. These conditions could be a pre-determined time (often referred to also as a time bomb) or a specific command that the user types in. Once the conditions occur, … Read more

Cybercriminals in Movies and TV Shows

Author(s):

Frankie Wallace, ,

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Hollywood has long held a certain image of cybercriminals. What they look like, how they commit their crimes, and their motivations. However, like many things in Hollywood, the portrayal of hackers and cybercrime in general often misses the mark. A lone-wolf hacker takes on a corrupt corporation. They simultaneously drain their enemies bank accounts while … Read more

Deepfake Technology: Implications for the Future

Author(s):

Caleb Townsend, Staff Writer, United States Cybersecurity Magazine

It has been over a year since Jordan Peele made a video warning us of the impending spike in deepfake technology. In the video, Peele uses ML technology and his legendary Obama imitation to effectively ventriloquize Obama. He effectively makes it appear as if Obama is saying outlandish statements. Since the video’s release, we have … Read more

Denial of Service: Access Denied

Author(s):

Patrick Putman, ,

Denial of Service, girl at laptop, access denied

As an internet user, you have likely experienced an interruption in service at some point. Maybe your favorite website was unavailable. Or perhaps your internet service was completely down. Sometimes this happens due to scheduled maintenance. Other times it happens due to hardware or software issues. However, interruptions are occasionally the result of what is … Read more

Watering Hole Attacks: The Tainted Oasis

Author(s):

Josh Henry, ,

Antelopes at a Watering Hole in the desert drinking

Watering Hole Attacks: The Tainted Oasis Watering hole attacks are still wreaking havoc on targeted groups and institutions around the globe. These attacks target major corporations and financial institutions. However, now they are penetrating these corporations’ servers by trapping a single user. The Name In the wild, there are many predators that lurk in the … Read more