This week on Lock and Code, we discuss the top security headlines generated right here on Labs. In addition, we tune in to a special presentation from Adam Kujawa about the 2021 State of Malware report, which analyzed the top cybercrime goals of 2020 amidst the global pandemic.
If you just pay attention to the numbers from last year, you might get the wrong idea. After all, malware detections for both consumers and businesses decreased in 2020 compared to 2019. That sounds like good news, but it wasn’t. Behind those lowered numbers were more skillful, more precise attacks that derailed major corporations, hospitals, and schools with record-setting ransom demands.
Tune in to hear about how cybercrime has changed, along with examples of some of the most nefarious malware upgrades, on the latest episode of Lock and Code, with host David Ruiz.
We cover our own research on:
- Microsoft Exchange attacks cause panic as criminals go shell collecting
- TinyCheck: Stalkerware detection that doesn’t leave a trace
- 5 common VPN myths
- REvil ransomware’s calling, and it’s not good news
- OVH cloud datacenter destroyed by fire
- iPhone app exposed other people’s call recordings
- Police credit “unlocked” SKY ECC encryption for organized crime bust
Other cybersecurity news
- Spanish government falls prey to Ryuk ransomware. (Source: The Record)
- FIN8, a threat group who has been inactive for a couple of years, returns with a new malware and a new target: the hospitality sector. (Source: ZDNet)
- PSA: Russia, China will likely use deepfakes in the coming weeks (Source: Cyberscoop)
- TikTok account of popular Korean band, BTS (Burn The Stage), was hacked. (Source: InfoSecurity Magazine)
- Russia is attempting to beat rival COVID-19 vaccine companies via disinformation campaigns (Source: Endgadget)