Lastline’s Top 10 Blogs of 2017
One could argue that cybercriminals had a real break-out year in 2017. Huge data breaches, new malware techniques, and some headline-grabbing attacks. Our top 10 blog posts demonstrate the interest in what the bad guys are up to, and how to defend against it. From the WannaCry attack to malware being downloaded from simply hovering over a link, to scriptlets embedded in Microsoft Office documents, the attacks, and our coverage of them, clearly captured many readers’ interest. Here is a short walk down memory lane as we provide our 10 most-read blog posts of 2017.
|1.||WannaCry Ransomware – What We Know, and What You Can Do
Here is our summary of what we knew about the WannaCry attack that struck 150 countries (affecting over 200,000 systems) during May 2017.
|2.||A Deep Dive into the NotPetya Ransomware Attack
Here is our summary of the NotPetya ransomware attack that started in Ukraine. The attack was widespread and did not appear to target any particular industry, region, or country.
|3.|| When Scriptlets Attack: Excel’s Alternative to DDE Code Execution
Lastline Labs discovered a malicious Office Excel file that appeared to have the ability to download and execute malware. Examining the file, researchers saw no evidence of macros, shellcode, or DDE functionality.
|4.||Uncovering Nation-Specific, Targeted Attacks ( . . . without Knowing Korean)
These attackers exploit nation-specific applications to propagate malware.
|5.||Ransomware Delivery Mechanisms [Part 1]
Part 1 of this ransomware blog series looks into the delivery mechanisms for ransomware, which file types are commonly used for ransomware distribution, and how an infection typically takes place.
|6.||Ransomware: Too Overt to Hide [Part 2]
Part 2 of this ransomware blog series Lastline Labs dives into how ransomware works.
|7.||From Trapping to Hunting: Intelligently Analyzing Anomalies to Detect Network Compromises
To detect network compromises, companies should use a hunting tool that collects, models, reports, presents, and expands the analysis.
|8.||Malware Evasion Techniques: Same Wolf – Different Clothing
Lastline Labs explains how advanced malware detection systems can identify and defeat emerging malware evasion techniques.
|9.||Top 10 Malicious Email Threats
Malicious email authors can be clever and relentless . . . Cybercriminals use a variety of email-based attacks to deliver malware, lure victims to malicious websites, and steal login credentials.
|10.|| Malware Analysis—Mouse Hovering Can Cause Infection
The dangers of clicking on a link are well understood, but in this attack, merely hovering over the link can trigger the malware to load.
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