September’s Most Wanted Malware: Locky Shoots Back Up Global Rankings

 
Check Point’s latest Global Threat Index has revealed a massive increase in worldwide Locky attacks during September, with the ransomware impacting 11.5% of organizations globally over the course of the month. Locky has not appeared in our Global Threat Impact Index, which reports on the top ten most prevalent malware attacks globally every month, since November 2016. However, attacks in September were powered by the hefty Necurs botnet, which in itself was ranked at number ten in the table. These attacks shot Locky up 25 places overall, to sit just behind the Roughted malvertising campaign in pole position. Locky’s distribution began in February 2016, and it rapidly became one of ...

Check Point IoT Blog Series: Smart Cities Need Smart Security

 
The second in our Check Point IoT series, read our first post about securing IoT devices in healthcare here.  The smart city is sparking the imagination of planners, developers, governments, businesses and citizens all over the world. Smart cities combine pervasive web connectivity, smart IoT devices, artificial intelligence and machine learning. They collect and analyze, in real-time, multiple forms of data in order to create an interconnected fabric of devices that drive efficiencies across services critical to the city’s infrastructure such as utilities, transport, healthcare and emergency services. We’ve already seen smart cities improving citizens’ lives while realizing ...

Check Point IoT Blog Series: First, Do No Harm. Securing Healthcare IoT Devices

 
"When a hacker takes control of all networked medical devices at a hospital in Dallas and threatens to kill one patient every hour if his demands are not met, the Cyber team must find the source and figure out how they accessed an airtight security system." That’s the plot summary of an episode of crime drama CSI: Cyber, which was broadcast in late 2015. The episode proved to be prescient by predicting two attack trends that have emerged over the past 18 months. The first is targeting of hospitals by cybercriminals: in 2016, at least 14 hospitals were attacked with ransomware. A Los Angeles hospital reportedly paid $17,000 to regain access to medical records showing treatment history, ...