This Week in Security News

Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days.

Below you’ll find a quick recap of topics followed by links to news articles and/or our blog posts providing additional insight. Be sure to check back each Friday for highlights of the goings-on each week!



Industrial Routers in the Industry 4.0 Ecosystem Are Vulnerable to Hacking

Industrial robots have replaced humans in many large-scale production and manufacturing activities because of their efficiency, accuracy and safety. These mechanical, programmable devices can now be seen in practically all industrial sectors.

Facebook and Google Were Conned Out of $100M in Phishing Scheme

Google and Facebook were phished for more than $100m, it has been reported, proving not even the biggest technology companies in the world are immune from the increasingly sophisticated attacks of online scammers.

OAuth Phishing on the Rise

Recently there was a significant volume of new phishing emails aimed at capturing access to Google accounts…specifically your email and contacts. This phish is a great example of a sophisticated attempt to gain access to a large number of users’ accounts. 

The Google Docs Phishing Attack Is Particularly Sneaky

Attackers just managed to launch what might be fastest-spreading spear phishing campaign in history. Have you gotten an email lately (or perhaps several), saying that someone from your contacts list shared a Google document with you? Think twice before opening it or clicking the link to access the doc. 

Super Free Music Player Strikes Super Free Malware Note

An app in the official Google Play store with the fun name of Super Free Music Player is striking a malware-laden note for those unwittingly downloading it—and so far, between 5,000 and 10,000 people have done just that. 

Snake Malware Attack Used for Targeted Espionage Discovered for MacOS

A version of Snake, a malware framework associated with espionage targeting government agencies and corporations, designed to attack MacOS devices has been discovered. Researchers announced Wednesday that a version of the malicious attack has been targeting computers running MacOS.  

Cerber Version 6 Shows How Far the Ransomware Has Come

A little over a year after its first variants were found in the wild, Cerber (Detected by Trend Micro as RANSOM_CERBER family) now has the reputation for being the most prolific family of ransomware in the threat landscape. 

Organizations Protect Against New CERBER Variations

Ransomware hit hard in 2016, with big attacks, large payouts and many new strains developed to thwart security measures. At the end of last year, Locky and CERBER ransomware families seemed to be neck and neck for market dominance. But that changed as CERBER evolved to avoid detection. 

POS Malware Continues to be a Threat

Point-of-sale systems have seen numerous changes in recent years. From the shift to chip-card readers and the inclusion of new technology for contactless mobile payments, POS systems aren’t just for swiping cards anymore. 

6 Million Cybersecurity Jobs Globally Remain Unfilled

It’s a “dire situation” for recruitment in the cybersecurity field, said Sandra Sargent, cybersecurity lead at The World Bank, speaking at a morning panel at RiskSec NY on Tuesday. The challenge, she said, is that six million jobs are globally left unfilled in the cybersecurity field.

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