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Time to Establish that Bitcoin Account: Ransomware isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon
Wanna cry? I’m guessing quite a few people did back on May 13, 2017, a Saturday, when a unique new ransomware, dubbed WannaCry, swept the world, targeting computer systems in almost 100 countries. This malicious software, stolen from the National Security Agency, was distributed via email to many large global companies and government agencies, taking over the computers and encrypting the data files. The ransom demand was for $300 or more via Bitcoin (anonymous online currency), to receive the encryption key needed to unlock the files. Ransomware of this nature leaves many corporations in a bit of quandary. Should they pay... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Manager
Fraud Prevention Part 1 of 2: Trends in Social Engineering
In Part 1 of a 2-part blog on fraud prevention, Stefanie reviews  current trends in social engineering. Fraud today is often based on Social Engineering, or the psychological manipulating of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. It’s a type of confidence trick for the purpose of information gathering, fraud, or system access. It differs from a traditional "con" in that it is often one of many steps in a more complex fraud scheme. There are three main categories of fraud: [1] Phishing is the ‘grandfather’ of all online scams. It has been around for over 15 years. Fraudsters are... Read More
Portfolio Marketing Manager
Malware Reach Is Expanding -- Ransomware is on the Rise
  We live in an online age, one where malware infections have become commonplace. Some might say this is the price of doing business online. News headlines report damaging attacks on well-known brands with depressing regularity. Consumer confidence suffers as customers look to organizations to sort out the issue, secure their transactions and fix the problem. But will it every truly get sorted? Fraudsters are now so skilled in their knowledge of human nature – how and why a person will respond to social engineering lures – that malware is growing faster than organizations' ability to respond to, never mind educating... Read More
While typosquatting is not a new phenomenon, recent research highlights that it is being used to collect sensitive corporate information from employees and lure consumers to interact with dubious websites. Typosquatting is a type of cybersquatting where cybercriminals register a domain name that closely resembles a well-known site or brand, often taking advantage of common typos people make while typing in URLs. Once a user unknowingly types in a typosquatted domain or uses a typosquatted domain in an email address, unintended events begin to happen. Security consultancy Godai Group recently uncovered the use of specific type of typosquat – a “doppelganger... Read More
A recent paper by six Google braniacs describes the complex system Google has developed to detect and block “adversarial advertisements” for the benefit and safety of its users. Brands will be glad to hear that adversarial ads encompass those selling counterfeit goods, as well as those that proliferate phishing and malware attacks, among others. Put simply, Google’s system combines both machines and human experts to create what Google claims is a highly reliable system for detecting adversarial ads and then blocks them from being served. The human element is used to uncover constantly evolving tactics used by adversaries that cannot be... Read More

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Alison Simpson
With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More