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Cybersecurity
New botnet uncovered known for sextortion and crypto-jacking
Check Point Research is warning of a new variant of Phorpiex, a botnet known for sextortion and crypto-jacking.
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Malware
Check Point reveals the top 10 malware affecting New Zealanders in November
Formbook, Emotet, and Trickbot take the top three spots in November's list from the Check Point Software threat intelligence arm.
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Ransomware
Trickbot rebirths Emotet: 140,000 victims in 149 countries
There is potential for increased ransomware attacks due to new Emotet samples spreading through Trickbot, according to Check Point Research.
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Endpoint Protection
Check Point named a major player in endpoint security
Cybersecurity provider Check Point Software Technologies has been recognised as a Major Player by IDC.
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Smartphone
Security flaw identified in smartphone chip used in Android devices
"Left unpatched, a hacker potentially could have exploited the vulnerabilities to listen in on conversations of Android users."
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Cloud
Phishing emails double in November as COVID-19 spurs hacker appetite
Coronavirus is responsible for the increase in hacker appetite, as shoppers rely more on e-shopping this year to practice social distancing.
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Firewall
Check Point named Leader in Network Firewalls for 22nd time
“This year’s recognition solidifies our position as a leader in delivering a hybrid data centre security architecture."
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Cryptocurrency
Scammers using Google Ads to steal $500k of cryptocurrency
"What’s most alarming is that multiple scammer groups are bidding for keywords on Google Ads, which is likely a signal of the success."
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Malware
Trickbot remains top malware impacting NZ - report
CPR observed a concerning increase of various malware impacting New Zealanders, with 16 additional malware families tied at tenth place for the month.
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Cyber attacks
Cyberattacks on organisations worldwide surge 40% in 2021
"Since the outbreak of the pandemic globally, cybercriminals have sprung into action to take advantage of the opportunities presented to them."
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Cloud Security
Check Point and Alkira alliance to bring enterprise-class security to cloud workloads
"The combination of Check Point CloudGuard and Alkira simplifies the process of provisioning and ongoing management in the cloud networking environment."
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Whatsapp
WhatsApp security vulnerability could have exploited two billions users
The vulnerability was rooted in WhatsApp’s image filter function.
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Check Point
Check Point acquires cloud email and collaboration security firm
Organisations can modernise legacy solutions with email security as-a-service and protect cloud email and collaboration suites from sophisticated attacks.
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Cybersecurity
Australia's largest cybersecurity firm Tesserent expands to NZ - Hamish Soper appointed senior partner
Australia's largest listed cybersecurity company, Tesserent, expands to New Zealand, creating a new entity and appointing new senior leadership in the region.
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COVID-19 vaccine
Surge in fake COVID-19 vaccine certificates on darknet following delta outbreak
"The broader market surge is fuelled by the rapidly spreading Delta variant and the stemming urgency for everyone to become vaccinated."
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Ransomware
More than a third of global organisations have experienced ransomware — report
The report found increasing instances of ransomware victims experiencing multiple breach events, as well as a rise in the average ransom payment.
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Cyber attacks
Global cyber attacks up as ransomware surges by 93%
Global cyber attacks have increased by 29% in the last six months, as hackers continue to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Malware
New malware strain targeting Mac users for only $49
A new malware strain has evolved to steal the information of MacOS users.
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Phishing
Microsoft tops list for most imitated brands for phishing attempts
Tech giant Microsoft was again the brand most frequently targeted by cybercriminals.
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Ransomware
SonicWall ransomware attack "should have been avoided"
"The cybercrime actors behind these ransomware attacks are very agile, always looking for new tricks and techniques that will allow them to do their malicious deeds."
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Cloud Security
Check Point expands cloud platform to support Alibaba Cloud
"As more enterprises move to the cloud, many are looking for the best solutions to manage their security and compliance posture across their entire cloud infrastructure."
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Cybercrime
Check Point Research warns of a surge in malicious activity around Amazon Prime Day
Researchers warn of increased cybercrime on and around Amazon Prime Day 2021 as malicious activity surges.
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Ransomware
Trickbot takes over from Dridex as most prevalent malware
Established Dridex trojan has dropped off altogether after being one of the most popular malwares in recent months amidst a global surge in ransomware. 
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Android
Mobile app developers potentially expose personal data of 100 million Android users
Application developers have left their data and millions of users’ private information exposed by not following best practices.