In 2017-2018, Kaspersky Lab specialists were invited to research a series of cybertheft incidents. Each attack had a common springboard: an unknown device directly connected to the company’s local network.
What were the most interesting developments in terms of APT activity throughout the year and what can we learn from them? Not an easy question to answer. Still, with the benefit of hindsight, let’s try to approach the problem from different angles to get a better understanding of what went on.
Kaspersky Lab’ experts investigated one such toolkit, dubbed KoffeyMaker, in 2017-2018, when a number of Eastern European banks turned to us for assistance after their ATMs were quickly and almost freely raided. It soon became clear that we were dealing with a black box attack.
During the year, Kaspersky Lab solutions repelled 1 876 998 691 attacks launched from online resources located all over the world, 554 159 621 21 643 946 unique malicious objects were detected and unique URLs were recognized as malicious by web antivirus components.
All too often, both rely on manipulating human psychology as a way of compromising entire systems or individual computers. Increasingly, the devices targeted also include those that we don’t consider to be computers – from children’s toys to security cameras. Here is our annual round-up of major incidents and key trends from 2018
Cyberwarcon is a brand new event organized yesterday in Arlington, Virginia, and delivered eight hours of fantastic content. The list of speakers was diverse in their interests, from big data visualization technologies and analysis of social media misinformation campaigns, to incidents of Russian speaking APT in the US electrical grid.
Year 2018 began with a rise in the number of miner-related attacks. However, after a drop in the value of the main cryptocurrencies, which lasted from January to February, infection activity noticeably declined. General interest in cryptocurrencies also waned. Yet the threat is still current.
It should therefore come as no surprise that our predictions from last year are still linked to currently unfolding trends. And while the fog has yet to clear, we decided to focus on the major problems that will affect the work of professionals involved into the industry, in 2019.
In the second half of 2018, the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry faced a major development: falling prices for cryptocurrencies. The impact was felt across the landscape, with rapid decline in public interest, the activity of the crypto community and traders, and in the related activity of cybercriminals. While this will certainly affect our forecasts for 2019, let’s see how the forecasts we made for this year worked out.
The past year has been extremely eventful in terms of the digital threats faced by financial institutions: cybercrime groups have used new infiltration techniques, and the geography of attacks has become more extensive.