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VirusTotal Adds Cynet's Artificial Intelligence-Based Malware Detection

VirusTotal Adds Cynet's Artificial Intelligence-Based Malware Detection
June 23, 2020The Hacker News
VirusTotal, the famous multi-antivirus scanning service owned by Google, recently announced new threat detection capabilities it added with the help of an Israeli cybersecurity firm. VirusTotal provides a free online service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs to detect malware and automatically shares them with the security community. With the onslaught of new malware types and samples, researchers rely on the rapid discovery and sharing provided by VirusTotal to keep their companies safe from attacks. VirusTotal relies on a continuous stream of new malware discoveries to protect its members from significant damage. Cynet , the creator of the autonomous breach protection platform, has now integrated its Cynet Detection Engine into VirusTotal. The benefits of this partnership are twofold. First, Cynet provides the VirusTotal partner network cutting-edge threat intelligence from its ML-based detection engine (CyAI) that actively protects the company's clients around th

A New Paradigm For Cyber Threat Hunting

A New Paradigm For Cyber Threat Hunting
June 11, 2018Mohit Kumar
It's no secret that expecting security controls to block every infection vector is unrealistic. For most organizations, the chances are very high that threats have already penetrated their defenses and are lurking in their network. Pinpointing such threats quickly is essential, but traditional approaches to finding these needles in the haystack often fall short. Now there is a unique opportunity for more feasible, more effective threat hunting capabilities, and it stems from a most unusual effort: rethinking the approach to wide area networking. When we look at the cyber kill-chain today, there are two major phases—infection and post-infection. Security experts acknowledge that organizations can get infected no matter how good their security controls are. The simple fact is, infection vectors change rapidly and continuously. Attackers use new delivery methods – everything from social engineering to zero-day exploits – and they often are effective. In most cases, an infecti

Microsoft Shares Telemetry Data Collected from Windows 10 Users with 3rd-Party

Microsoft Shares Telemetry Data Collected from Windows 10 Users with 3rd-Party
November 24, 2016Wang Wei
Cyber security is a major challenge in today's world, as cyber attacks have become more automated and difficult to detect, where traditional cyber security practices and systems are no longer sufficient to protect businesses, governments, and other organizations. In past few years, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning had made a name for itself in the field of cyber security, helping IT and security professionals more efficiently and quickly identify risks and anticipate problems before they occur. The good news is that if you are a Windows 10 user, Microsoft will now offer you a machine learning based threat intelligence feature via its inbuilt Windows security service, which will improve the security capabilities available on Windows 10 devices. But, the bad news is that it is not free. The company is offering this "differentiated intelligence" feature on its newly added service to Windows 10, dubbed Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDAT

What is Threat Intelligence and How It Helps to Identify Security Threats

What is Threat Intelligence and How It Helps to Identify Security Threats
November 07, 2015Wang Wei
Simply put, threat intelligence is knowledge that helps you identify security threats and make informed decisions. Threat intelligence can help you solve the following problems: How do I keep up to date on the overwhelming amount of information on security threats…including bad actors, methods, vulnerabilities, targets, etc.? How do I get more proactive about future security threats? How do I inform my leaders about the dangers and repercussions of specific security threats? Threat Intelligence: What is it? Threat intelligence has received a lot of attention lately. While there are many different definitions, here are a few that get quoted often: Threat intelligence is evidence-based knowledge, including context, mechanisms, indicators, implications and actionable advice, about an existing or emerging menace or hazard to assets that can be used to inform decisions regarding the subject's response to that menace or hazard. – Gartner   The set of data collected, assessed and app

Crowd-Sourced Threat Intelligence: AlienVault Open Threat Exchange™ (OTX)

Crowd-Sourced Threat Intelligence: AlienVault Open Threat Exchange™ (OTX)
July 14, 2014Swati Khandelwal
For years, the systems and networks that run our businesses have been secured by the efforts of IT and security practitioners acting on their own. We continue to deploy the latest countermeasures, always trying to keep up with adversaries. Criminal attackers, on the other hand, have shared information quite successfully to facilitate their exploits. Couple this with the "attacker's advantage" of choosing where, when and how to launch attacks, and it is no surprise that collaborative hackers appear to be winning against even the largest companies, despite generous spending on security tools. As an industry, we need a threat-sharing solution that is open and available to everyone for the mutual benefit of all who contribute. With this goal in mind, AlienVault created the Open Threat Exchange™ (OTX) . What is the Open Threat Exchange (OTX)? OTX is an open information sharing and analysis network that provides real-time, actionable threat information submitted by over 8,

Chinese Hackers spied on European Diplomats during recent G20 meetings

Chinese Hackers spied on European Diplomats during recent G20 meetings
December 13, 2013Mohit Kumar
Security firm FireEye has released a new report  detailing cyber espionage attacks on European Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFA) during recent G20 meetings by Chinese Hackers . According to FireEye's researcher Nart Villeneuve , hackers infiltrated the computer networks of five European foreign ministries by sending emails containing malware files to staff and gained access to their systems to steal credentials and high-value information. "We believe that the Ke3chang attackers are operating out of China and have been active since at least 2010," The cyber espionage campaign named as " Operation Ke3chang " and if the victim will download & open the malware file which disguised itself as files detailing a possible intervention in Syria ( US_military_options_in_Syria . pdf . zip ), it gets installed on the victim's computer with a backdoor. " They have also leveraged a Java zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2012-4681), as well as older, reliable exploits for Mi

CFR watering hole attack also target Capstone Turbine Corporation

CFR watering hole attack also target Capstone Turbine Corporation
January 02, 2013Mohit Kumar
Last week Council on Foreign Relations website was compromised and recently hit by a drive-by attack using a zero day Internet Explorer 6 vulnerability for Cyber Espionage attack, suspected by Chinese Hackers. Later Microsoft confirmed that  Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8 are vulnerable to remote code execution hacks. According to researcher  Eric Romang , CFR watering hole attack (CVE-2012-4969 and CVE-2012-4792) has also target Capstone Turbine Corporation website since mid-September. He was able to find a cached version of the first JavaScript that starts the drive-by attack. Then on further search finds that by doing a Google dork search site:capstoneturbine.com "_include"  we can see something strangely like CFR.org "news_14242aa.html" file. Capstone Turbine Corporation is the world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems, and was first to market with commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone Turbine has shipped thousands of Capstone MicroTurbi
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