Scamming Tax Refunds and COVID-19 Relief: The Weaponization of Trash and Recycling

Scamming Tax Refunds and COVID-19 Relief: The Weaponization of Trash and Recycling
In a recent study, researchers have discovered an upward surge in threat activity designed to capture a wide range of payments and appropriations between taxpayers and the government, targeting tax refunds to COVID-19 appropriations. Some of these efforts trace back to accountants involved in tax preparation services that dispose of customer hard copy paperwork insecurely via...

Ransomware’s New Double Threat

Ransomware’s New Double Threat
The common ransomware attack pattern has traditionally involved threat actors holding access to data hostage in return for a ransomware payment. There is now an uptrend in a second layer of extortion…increasingly hackers are extracting large quantities of sensitive information (such as customer, financial and employee information) and threatening publication unless ransom demands are paid. To prove that they intend to execute on the threat, a small portion is leaked on the dark...