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Business Email Compromise: A Bigger Threat than Ransomware?

By FP_Analyst
July 20, 2017

The large-scale attacks that have become defining characteristics of 2017 have given rise to stronger defenses across the enterprise. Forced to adapt in response, more adversaries are recognizing that bypassing these defenses to generate illicit funds is sometimes best achieved through less-sophisticated — yet lucrative — schemes like Business Email Compromise (BEC). In fact, the […]

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With a boost from Necurs, Trickbot expands its targeting to numerous U.S. financial institutions

The Necurs botnet first emerged in 2012 and has since become notorious for powering massive, malware-laden spam campaigns. Although the botnet’s historical association with Locky and Jaff Ransomware has long raised concerns from organizations across all sectors, Necurs is now delivering a different type of malware that poses a threat specifically to the financial sector: […]

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Cyber Jihadists Dabble in DDoS: Assessing the Threat

July 13, 2017

Recent events suggest that while cyber jihadists appear to remain of low skill and under-sophisticated, their toolset is expanding. Between December 2016 and January 2017, two distinct pro-ISIS cyber threat groups experimented with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and achieved limited apparent successes. Although the attacks have since ceased, these actors have expressed interest […]

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FPCollab: Intelligence Sharing for Risk, Security and Business Leaders

July 6, 2017

Information sharing in security and intelligence, as we all know, is critical to ensuring the success of defenders of both public and private organizations. This concept has become even more evident in the last twelve months following our expansion into Business Risk Intelligence (BRI). While traditional applications of cyber threat intelligence are largely tactical, indicator-centric, […]

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Flashpoint Advisory Services: A Trusted Intelligence Team

When we launched Flashpoint Advisory Services six months ago, our goal was ambitious: further establish Flashpoint as a “trusted advisor” to organizations of all sizes and capabilities facing a diverse range of threats and challenges. By tailoring our services to each organization’s unique requirements and risk profile, we wanted to help internal teams mature their […]

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Business Risk Intelligence: Finished, Strategic, and Critical for Protection Across the Enterprise

June 26, 2017

Business Risk Intelligence, or BRI, is something we often discuss. BRI is not only our vision for providing better, more contextual intelligence across the enterprise, but it’s something that we currently execute for numerous customers across 18 verticals. The adoption of BRI in the last year has been rapid, as more end users seek help after […]

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WikiLeaks Publishes CIA Documents Detailing “Brutal Kangaroo” Tool and LNK Exploits

On June 22, 2017, WikiLeaks released a new cache of documents detailing four tools allegedly used by the CIA as part of its ongoing “Vault 7” campaign. The leaked tools are named “EzCheese,” “Brutal Kangaroo,” “Emotional Simian,” and “Shadow.” When used in combination, these tools can be used to attack systems that are air-gapped by […]

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Flashpoint at CISO Forum in Half Moon Bay: All about Business Risk… and Golf.

June 22, 2017

A significant amount of small security conferences focus on educating and supporting the unique role of the chief information security officer, or CISO. While many have their significant benefits, one is at the top of my list: SecurityWeek’s CISO Forum. CISO Forum is one of the truly exclusive executive leadership forums for security leadership and strategy. […]

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