A ground-breaking new study from Trend Micro has revealed for the first time the size and maturity of the online fake news business, where a 12-month campaign to influence the result of an election could cost as little as €357.700.
The comprehensive 77-page report breaks down the key steps used to influence public opinion: from reconnaissance of the target audience and weaponisation – preparation of the fake story – to delivery and exploitation via social media, and sustainment with additional propaganda. Continue reading
The Wannacry ransomware has been keeping us busy for several days now. This software has infected systems worldwide by exploiting an older (already patched) Windows vulnerability. Though many may wonder how a vulnerability that has been patched can still infect so many systems worldwide, it appears that the attack hasn’t brought in much money yet. Considering the attack and the errors made by the criminals, I wonder if this attack hasn’t been a first test or a general rehearsal for a much bigger attack. Continue reading
In the never-ending war against cybercrime, half the battle lies in raising public awareness about the nature of the threats out there. If everyday computers users are more clued into the security and privacy dangers facing them online, they’re more likely to take steps to reduce risk. But there’s always more to learn – that’s the problem when you’re faced with a fast-moving industry like cybercrime. Continue reading
All crime reflects the culture that it happens in. What is perfectly legal in one country can be a serious crime in another. What makes the difference, generally, is the different cultures in those counties. Cultural reflections in crime are something you see in online crime as well.
While there are some things that are universal to online crime around the globe (like malware), a lot of online crime reflects the culture just like real-world crime does. This is a theme that has emerged over the past three years in our ongoing investigations into the different countries’ markets that make up the global Cybercrime Underground Economy. We’ve just released our latest report in that series, focusing on France, a new addition to our country roster. Continue reading