The realm of cyber security changes very quickly, with new malicious techniques emerging on a regular basis even as mitigation solutions try to keep up. By understanding the threats and solutions that are being created, organizations can better protect themselves. Let’s take a look back at some of the biggest cyber security news that took place in September:
Ransomware-as-a-Service Targets Android Devices
Ransomware-as-a-Service kits are making it easier than ever before for aspiring cyber criminals to create malicious apps and make a quick payday from unsuspecting users. According to ZDNet, hackers simply need to download the Trojan Development Kit app onto an Android phone, follow simple instructions and fill out the forms to create a ransomware program of their own without writing a single line of code. The kit comes with a variety of customization options including keys used to unlock infected devices, the icon used by the malware and animations to be displayed on infected devices.
TDK and other similar kits should be worrying to any security professional. Once attackers pay a one-time fee, they’re free to distribute the ransomware and make as many variants as they want. This offers a capable tool for low-level criminals and seasoned developers alike. Organizations must reinforce app policies and ensure employees know how to spot suspicious programs.
Ransomware-as-a-Service makes it easy for anyone to create a malicious app.
Equifax Breach Affects Millions
Earlier this month, Equifax, one of the three major consumer credit reporting agencies, was hacked, exposing sensitive information for 143