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Cybersecurity
Palo Alto Networks responds to rise in threats with MDR service
August 2022
Unit 42 Managed Detection and Response is a new service that can offer continuous 24/7 threat detection, investigation and response.
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Palo Alto Networks
New study reveals opportunistic behaviour of cyber criminals
July 2022
"Ransomware attackers are also becoming more organised [...] as they engage with cyber criminals and the victimised organisations."
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Cyber espionage
At least nine global organisations compromised by new active cyber-espionage campaign
November 2021
A new active cyber-espionage campaign has compromised global organisations in the defence, education, energy, healthcare and technology sectors.
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IOT
IoT devices more at risk of cyber attack than ever - report
March 2020
Among the most disturbing discoveries: 98% of all IoT device traffic is unencrypted, exposing personal and confidential data on relevant networks.
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Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks and Europol sign MoU to expand collaboration
October 2019
Palo Alto Networks participates in regular meetings with Europol investigators to discuss security challenges related to cybercrime trends and share insights on tackling them.
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Ransomware
Pseudo-ransomware Xbash targeting Linux and Windows discovered
September 2018
Xbash is data-destructive; destroying Linux-based databases as part of its ransomware capabilities.
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Malware
A look at the evolution of the Nemucod malware
May 2017
Unit 42 researchers have uncovered details about how the slippery Nemucod malware has been able to avoid detection.
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Palo Alto Networks
Kazuar trojan hijacks Microsoft .NET framework to conduct espionage attacks
May 2017
Researchers have uncovered the ‘Kazuar’ backdoor trojan, which has been detected in espionage campaigns across the globe, Unit 42 reports.
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Android
Unit 42 researchers suspect Ewind adware Trojan is 100% Russian
April 2017
The Android Ewind family has just become a little bigger, after Unit 42 researchers discovered multiple new samples of the family.
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Malware
Amnesia malware forms DVR botnet and wipes virtual machines
April 2017
'Amnesia', the new IoT botnet variant of 'Tsunami' targets an unpatched remote code execution vulnerability in DVR devices made by TVT Digital.
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Ransomware
Unit 42 reports 'Blank Slate' malspam campaign pummels hosting providers in 'cycle of abuse'
March 2017
Unit 42 has provided an inside look at how a malicious spam campaignis using double-zipped Word files to spread ransomware on Windows computers.