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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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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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U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Raise Questions Over National Security Policy

December 29, 2016

On December 29, 2016, United States President Barack Obama formally enacted measures targeting the Russian Federation in response to a campaign of Russian state-sponsored interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. The President approved an amendment to Executive Order 13964, updating a previous executive order that gave the Federal government expanded authority to respond to […]

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Insider Threats: “The Shadow Brokers” Likely Did Not Hack the NSA

UPDATED 12/20/2016 3:45 PM ET  Key Takeaways • Based on the data released in the most recent dump by the threat actor known as “The Shadow Brokers,” Flashpoint assesses with medium confidence that the stolen information was likely obtained from a rogue insider. Flashpoint is uncertain of how these documents were exfiltrated, but they appear to […]

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New Mirai Variant Leaves 5 Million Devices Worldwide Vulnerable — High Concentration in Germany, UK and Brazil

Key Takeaways • Flashpoint confirms the existence of a new Mirai variant and its involvement in the recent Deutsche Telekom outage. Flashpoint has linked at least one distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack to this variant. Flashpoint assesses with high confidence that the new Mirai variant is likely an attempt by one of the existing Mirai botmasters […]

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By Accident or Design? Supply Chain Risks of Chinese-made Devices

Key Takeaways • On November 15, 2016, American media outlets reported that Android devices in the United States were found to be transmitting sensitive user information back to a server in Shanghai, China. The total number of known affected devices is 120,000, which were manufactured by Florida-based BLU Products. • The incident was caused by […]

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Overview of President-Elect Donald Trump’s Cyber Policy

November 10, 2016

Key Takeaways • President-elect Donald Trump’s unique campaign and status as an outsider have made his cyber policy positions difficult to predict. • Trump’s cybersecurity vision calls for a “Cyber Review Team” composed of law enforcement, military, and private sector experts. The team would conduct a “top-to-bottom” review of U.S. cybersecurity infrastructure. • Trump’s vision […]

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Flashpoint Monitoring of Mirai Shows Attempted DDoS of Trump and Clinton Websites

Key Takeaways Between 16:20:43 UTC on November 6, 2016 and 8:19 UTC on November 7, 2016, Flashpoint observed four 30-second HTTP Layer 7 attacks targeting the campaign websites of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. There were no observed or reported outages for either of the sites.   Flashpoint assesses that unsophisticated actors are […]

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