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Linguistic Analysis of WannaCry Ransomware Messages Suggests Chinese-Speaking Authors

Since the May 12, 2017, “WannaCry” ransomware worm attack, researchers have struggled with the question of attribution. As of this writing, a number of researchers have linked the activity to the suspected North Korean-affiliated “Lazarus Group” due to similarities in the code and the infrastructure. Flashpoint analysts conducted similar analyses, but also included a linguistic […]

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Threat Actors Leverage “Phonecord” Bot to Harass Victims

Although the majority of cyber threat actors are fueled by the desire for financial or political gain, some actors lack traditional motivations altogether. Often referred to as “attention-seekers”, these actors’ malicious activities are driven typically by nothing more than a desire to attract attention by causing chaos for their own amusement. Despite their reputation for […]

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Large Protests Expected for May Day 2017

The origins of International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, stem from an 1880s Chicago-based movement by labor unions to force the adoption of eight-hour work days. May 1, 1886, is considered the first official International Workers’ Day, which included several days of protests, violent clashes with police, and heavy anarchist involvement during the […]

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Best Practices for Addressing Four Common Threats

Flashpoint’s customers represent a diverse mix of global organizations and business functions spanning nearly every industry. On one hand, this means that our team has gained extensive experience using Business Risk Intelligence (BRI) to help our customers address some of the rarest, most obscure threats emerging from the Deep & Dark Web. On the other […]

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Business Email Compromise: The Oft-Overlooked Costly Dark Horse of Attacks

Business Email Compromise (BEC), also known as “free money scams”, is a constant threat to organizations, their employees, and their users. Although little sophistication is needed to carry out a successful BEC, these types of attacks continue to occur more frequently and inflict greater damage than ever before. Unfortunately, this means that many of us […]

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Business Risk Intelligence: Threat and Capabilities Matrix for Decision-Makers (Preview)

January 12, 2017

Yesterday we released our inaugural Business Risk Intelligence Decision Report. Unlike traditional end-of-year reports, we chose to eschew providing predictions for the coming year, which from our experience are overly generic and do not lend themselves to supporting informed decision-making. Instead, the Flashpoint team looked back at 2016 and drew from our unique tools and […]

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Flashpoint’s Inaugural Business Risk Intelligence — Decision Report

January 11, 2017

Cybercriminals, jihadists, nation-state cyber actors, hacktivists, and cyber attention-seekers received widespread global attention throughout 2016, laying the foundation for what is already shaping up to be an eventful and challenging 2017. Consequently, the resulting complexity of the current geopolitical and cyber threat climate has led many decision-makers to reevaluate the role of cybersecurity within their […]

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MongoDB Ransomers Overwriting Each Others’ Notes, Leaving Admins with No Options

Open MongoDB database servers with default settings have been a source of stress for security teams for well over a year. These vulnerable databases can result in breaches affecting millions of people. Though administrators have been warned to secure these servers, the lack of doing so has resulted in tens of thousands of open MongoDB […]

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