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APWG Q2 Cybercrime Report: Phishing Sustains Elevated ‘New Normal’ Attack Volume Into the Middle of 2021

[news release] The APWG’s new Phishing Activity Trends Report reveals that phishing sustained near-record levels through the first half of 2021, after doubling over the course of 2020. APWG saw 222,127 attacks in June 2021, which was the third-worst month in APWG’s reporting history.

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M3AAWG/APWG Report Finds GDPR Impact on WHOIS Impedes Criminal Investigations

The Messaging, Malware and Mobile Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG) and The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) have again collaborated to conduct a survey of cyber investigators and anti-abuse service providers to understand how ICANN’s application of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has impacted on the distributed WHOIS service and anti-abuse work. The resulting report, published in June, discusses the effect of the Temporary Specification on anti-abuse actors’ access and usage of domain name registration information, which is central for various types of investigations.

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Beware Free Wi-Fi: Government Urges Workers to Avoid Public Networks

The Biden administration would like you to get a vaccine and wear a mask. Oh, and one more thing: It has just proclaimed that it’s time for government employees and contractors to get off public Wi-Fi, where they can pick up another kind of virus.

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DNS Abuse Institute Publishes Roadmap For Combatting Abuse

DNS Abuse –malware, botnets, phishing, pharming, and spam – is a growing and ongoing global threat to every country’s national and economic security. In the last months, the DNS Abuse Institute has worked to bring together – both in public forums and individual meetings – leading experts to help guide the creation of a roadmap for combating abuse.

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Average Digital Shadows Client Has 1,100 Impersonating Domains and Subdomains Detected Each Year

The average Digital Shadows client isn’t a small company, but the company reports in their latest Impersonating Domains Report an average client has 1,100 impersonating domains and subdomains detected on average per year.

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Russia’s most aggressive ransomware group disappeared. It’s unclear who disabled them.

Just days after President Biden demanded that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia shut down ransomware groups attacking American targets, the most aggressive of the groups suddenly went off-line early Tuesday.

The mystery is who made it happen.

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The anatomy of a ransomware attack: Inside the hacks that lock down computer systems and damage businesses.

Just hours before the Fourth of July weekend, a huge, coordinated cyberattack hit hundreds of businesses across the world. A group of hackers broke in by exploiting a hole in the software code of an information technology company with a wide-ranging client base, then demanded $70 million in ransom.

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Widespread ransomware attack likely hit ‘thousands’ of companies on eve of long weekend

A sprawling ransomware attack that hit hours before the beginning of the July Fourth holiday weekend has already affected hundreds of businesses and is likely to hit many more, researchers said.

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How remote work opened the floodgates to ransomware; plus How to Cut Down on Ransomware Attacks Without Banning Bitcoin

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Ransomware has roared into the headlines in recent weeks after criminal hacking networks, tentatively linked to Russia, launched attacks on the major US meat packing plant JBS and the nation’s largest fuel pipeline.

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