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Arrest, Seizures Tied to Netwalker Ransomware

U.S. and Bulgarian authorities this week seized the darkweb site used by the NetWalker ransomware cybercrime group to publish data stolen from its victims. In connection with the seizure, a Canadian national suspected of extorting more than $27 million through the spreading of NetWalker was charged in a Florida court.


Microsoft: “Congrats KnowBe4 On being One Of The Top Apps In 2020”

Natee Pretikul, Senior Program Manager in Microsoft’s Identity Engineering Strategic Alliances team just send us the following:

Hi KnowBe4 team,
We have just released the state of Azure AD Gallery apps that made the most impact in 2020. KnowBe4 has been featured prominently in multiple categories as such:
Top 15 apps by numbers of organizations
Top Security Apps
Top Apps in mid-market and small business segments
Our team feels very thankful for our good partnership! Together, we have helped numerous customers to accelerate their work-from-home needs. Please pass our gratitude to all your team members as well.
Cheers to another amazing year in 2021!
Best regards, Natee Pretikul 

We could not be more pleased. Check out the progress over the years from 12 to 8 to 5!
Thanks very much Microsoft. Here is their full blog post with many more graphs.


Emotet Botnet dismantled in a joint international operation

A global operation of law enforcement has dismantled the infrastructure of the infamous Emotet botnet. A global operation of law enforcement, lead by Europol, has dismantled the infrastructure of the infamous Emotet botnet. The Emotet banking trojan has been active at least since 2014, the botnet is operated by a threat actor tracked as TA542. In the middle-August, the malware was […]
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Law enforcement takes over Emotet, one of the biggest botnets

Law enforcement agencies from several countries collaborated in a joint operation that resulted in taking over the command-and-control infrastructure behind Emotet, one of the world’s largest botnets. Whether this disruption to the botnet will be permanent remains to be seen, but it’s a promising development according to security experts.
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“This operation is the result of a collaborative effort between authorities in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Lithuania, Canada and Ukraine, with international activity coordinated by Europol and Eurojust,” Europol announced Wednesday. “This operation was carried out in the framework of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT).”To read this article in full, please click here


Building a Security-First Culture

Application Security Is Like Wearing a Mask
Wearing a face mask to prevent coronavirus is becoming the norm in my city. It was hit heavily by the COVID crisis, and now we have reached an unspoken consensus: wear masks wherever you go.
This is quite different from where we were just a few months ago. Face masks had a bad reputation, and the local health department had a hard time getting people to wear them. What was stopping people from wearing masks? It turns out, people hated masks because they make breathing difficult, make glasses foggy, and can look quite awkward. But the pros of masks outweigh the cons, and by wearing face masks, we protect ourselves and our communities from the virus.


Pwn2Own 2021, more than $1,500,000 in cash and prizes for contestants

Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative announced the Pwn2Own Vancouver 2021 hacking competition that will also cover Zoom, MS Teams Exploits. Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) on this week announced the forthcoming Pwn2Own Vancouver 2021 hacking competition that will take place on April 6-8. The organizers provided information about the targets, prizes and rules for […]
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