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  • Microsoft Patch Tuesday – June 2017

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    This month the vendor has released 94 vulnerabilities, 18 of which are rated Critical.



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    Hello, welcome to this month's blog on the Microsoft patch release. This month the vendor has released 94 vulnerabilities, 18 of which are rated Critical.
    As always, customers are advised to follow these security best practices:
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  • Latest Intelligence for May 2017

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    The WannaCry outbreak dominated the news cycle, while the phishing rate reached a high for 2017.



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    Some of the key takeaways from May’s Latest Intelligence, and the threat landscape in general, include another increase in the number of web attacks blocked, a peculiar Google phishing scam, and of course, the WannaCry ransomware outbreak.

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    The #phishing rate reached a high for 2017 in May



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  • Criminals increasingly using malvertising to direct victims to exploit kits

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    Once popular exploit kit redirection campaigns see a significant decline as redirection through malvertising increases



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    The exploit kit scene these days strongly resembles a sinking ship—with very few survivors, struggling to keep themselves afloat.
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  • Financial malware more than twice as prevalent as ransomware

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    Three Trojans dominated the financial threat landscape in 2016 and attackers increased their focus on corporate finance departments



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    Financial threat space 2.5 times bigger than that of ransomware

    38% of financial threats were detected in business locations in 2016



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  • Bachosens: Highly-skilled petty cyber criminal with lofty ambitions targeting large organizations

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    Eastern Europe based attacker’s advanced malware bears comparison with that used by nation-state actors, but basic missteps indicate a threat actor who is skilled but lacking in expertise.



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    In attacks reminiscent of the early days of malware, a lone wolf threat actor who appears to be based in a disputed part of eastern Moldova is using advanced malware to carry out cyber attacks against large organizations for relatively modest rewards.

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    Highly-skilled petty cyber criminal is using advanced malware to target large organizations for meager gain #infosec

    Petty #cyber criminal's advanced #malware bears comparison with tools used by nation-state actors



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  • WannaCry: Ransomware attacks show strong links to Lazarus group

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    Similarities in code and infrastructure indicate close connection to group that was linked to Sony Pictures and Bangladesh Bank attacks



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    Tools and infrastructure used in the WannaCry ransomware attacks have strong links to Lazarus, the group that was responsible for the destructive attacks on Sony Pictures and the theft of US$81 mi
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  • Adylkuzz Crytocurrency Miner Is Not The Next WannaCry

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    Adylkuzz impact and prevalence is much lower than WannaCry



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    There have been reports of another threat, known as Adylkuzz, leveraging MS17-010 to propagate to vulnerable machines.
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  • What you need to know about the WannaCry Ransomware

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    The WannaCry ransomware struck across the globe in May 2017. Learn how this ransomware attack spread and how to protect your network from similar attacks.



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    UPDATE: May 15, 2017  23:24:21 GMT:
    Symantec has uncovered two possible links that loosely tie the WannaCry ransomware attack and the Lazarus group:
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  • What you need to know about the WannaCry Ransomware

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    WannaCry ransomware spreads aggressively across networks, holds files to ransom.



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    What has happened?
    On May 12, 2017 a new strain of the Ransom.CryptXXX (WannaCry) strain of ransomware began spreading widely impacting a large number of organizations, particularly in Europe.

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  • Latest Intelligence for April 2017

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    Number of web attacks blocked by Symantec rises to more than 1 million per day and Longhorn cyber espionage group linked to malware detailed in Vault 7 leak.



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    Some of the key takeaways from April’s Latest Intelligence, and the threat landscape in general, include an increase in the number of web attacks blocked per day, the Hajime worm takes on Mirai, and Longhorn cyber espionage group linked to tools and operational protocols detailed in Vault 7

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    Symantec blocked more than 1 million web attacks per day in April



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