Ransomware Rising – Criakl, OSX, and others – PhishMe Tracks Down Hackers, Identifies Them and Provides Timeline of Internet Activities

Over the last few months, the Phishing Intelligence team has observed a huge increase of ransomware. Many attackers are starting to experiment with ransomware as an alternative to quickly monetize. Dridex has employed a new family of ransomware named Locky, which is a pretty drastic shift in what this group is known for doing. We’re even seeing attackers go after OSX with ransomware, something that was once thought to be immune from malware, however there were nearly 6,500 users who downloaded the compromised BitTorrent client.

Follow along with us as we deconstruct a recent ransomware attack and hack the hackers behind the attempt.

PhishMe’s Rohyt Belani Honored as a CEO of the Year in Info Security Products Guide’s 2016 Global Excellence Awards

Judges Recognize PhishMe CEO for Leadership Excellence and Significant Contributions to the Cybersecurity Community

LEESBURG, VA – March 10, 2016 – PhishMe® Inc., the leading provider of human phishing defense solutions, today announced that CEO and co-founder Rohyt Belani has been honored as a “CEO of the Year” category winner of the 2016 Info Security Products Guide Global Excellence Awards®. These prestigious global awards, put on by the industry’s leading information security research and advisory guide, recognize security and IT vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products and solutions that are helping set the bar higher for others in all areas of security and technologies.

PhishMe Takes Home 2016 SC Magazine Award for Best IT Security-Related Training Program

Judges Recognize Human Phishing Defense Solution Used by Fortune 500 Enterprises to Protect Data and Systems Against Multi-Billion Dollar Phishing Threat

LEESBURG, Va. & SAN FRANCISCO – March 3, 2016 – PhishMe® Inc., the leader in human phishing defense solutions, today announced that SC Magazine honored the company with a 2016 SC Award for Best IT and Security Training Program. Winners of this prestigious award were chosen after undergoing a rigorous judging process that included testimonials, industry assessments and additional research. PhishMe was hand-picked by a panel of judges for its outstanding service, qualifications and advancements to the cybersecurity industry.

PhishMe Releases Channel-Exclusive Human Phishing Defense Solution for SMBs for Launch of Formal Channel Program

Trusted Leader in Phishing Defense Expands Offerings to Global Customers Through Expanded Distribution Channels and New Product Offering

LEESBURG, Va. & SAN FRANCISCO – March 3, 2016 – PhishMe® Inc., the leading provider of human phishing defense solutions, today unveiled during RSA 2016 the PhishMe Channel Alliance, a formalized channel distribution program designed to bring premier PhishMe security solutions to the global market. Following PhishMe’s record-breaking 892 percent growth over the last three years, the company is kicking off its global channel efforts by releasing a new solution available exclusively through the channel and made specifically for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

PhishMe Technology Alliance Program Creates Integrated Ecosystem of World’s Leading Security Providers

Join PhishMe at RSA 2016 (S1021) to Learn How Joint Customers Maximize Investments in FireEye, HP Enterprise, IBM, LogRhythm, Splunk, OpenDNS and Recorded Future

LEESBURG, VA & SAN FRANCISCO — March 2, 2016—PhishMe® Inc., the leading provider of human phishing defense solutions, today announced the launch of the PhishMe Technology Alliance Program (TAP), comprised of an ecosystem of leading security providers and multiple, key technical integrations. The alliance provides joint customers with easy and effective integrations that strengthen security, improve operational workflow and manageability, maximize security investments and reduce the risk of falling victim to phishing-driven cyberattacks.

More Tax Time Scams

Every year, attackers try to find some way to innovate and steal more money come tax time. Last year, attackers took advantage of e-filing, which led TurboTax to put a halt on all refunds due to a surge in fraudulent state tax returns. Here is a screenshot of a phishing email that the attackers are using to try and obtain W2’s for all employees:

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Figure 1. Screenshot of phishing email used by attackers

Be on the lookout for these types of scams! Snapchat recently fell victim to one of these scams and did the responsible thing by notifying the affected parties and called on the assistance of the FBI. HMRC related phishing is something to watch out for as well, as well as anything else tax-themed around tax time. Stay alert!

PhishMe Unveils Fully Integrated Phishing Defense Solution to Combat Multi-Billion Dollar Phishing Problem

Human Conditioning, Intelligence and Incident Response Overcome Failing Automation Technology Patchwork

LEESBURG, VA & SAN FRANCISCO — March 1, 2016— PhishMe® Inc., the leading provider of human phishing defense solutions, today announced during RSA Conference 2016 that it has fully integrated its powerful product suite comprised of Simulator, Reporter, Triage and Intelligence. The integration delivers customers with a comprehensive solution for attack identification, human-verified intelligence and incident response that turns employees into the most powerful line of defense against phishing. As the top attack vector in use today, spear phishing is responsible for more than 90 percent of all breaches – costing the world economy hundreds of billions of dollars annually.

PhishMe® Triage Integrates with Recorded Future’s® OSINT Platform for Investigative Incident Response

Phishing Incident Response – Back to the Past, Present, and Recorded Future

Attackers like to boast about their accomplishments as well as announce their plans. They leave trails of evidence across the open web just waiting to be discovered, if you’re looking in the right places. Similarly, as events occur, researchers and those attacked begin to share information. Employees within our organizations are a primary target of attackers with well-crafted spear phishing emails and some of which may stem from over sharing or whatever is personally newsworthy. Indicators of compromise (IOCs) help security teams in their incident response process. Has this been seen before? When did it start? Are there any indicators that this attack will be used again? This is valuable information to help determine the validity of the attack and what may be next.

PowerPoint and Custom Actions

We’ve recently observed a Phishing attack which uses PowerPoint Custom Actions instead of macros to execute a malicious payload. Although using PowerPoint attachments is not new, these types of attacks are interesting as they generally bypass controls that assert on macro enabled Office attachments.

Locky – New Malware Borrowing Ideas From Dridex and Other Ransomware

On February 16, 2016, PhishMe’s Intelligence team identified a number of significantly large sets of emails delivering Word documents containing macro scripts used to download a malware payload. This malware delivery technique has been ubiquitous among many threat actors over the past year but has been most prolifically used by threat actors delivering the Dridex financial crimes trojan. The scope of Locky’s delivery in its first full day of deployment is staggering. As our friends at Palo Alto Networks have shown, over 400,000 endpoints around the world were affected by this encryption ransomware in mere hours. As we pointed out in our recent piece on Dridex, nearly three quarters of Dridex samples in 2015 where delivered using some form of Office documents using macro scripts as a download tool.