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This week, Fortinet released its Threat Landscape Report for Q4 2016. This report provides an analysis of threat data gathered between October 1st and December 31st, 2016 from millions of devices spread around the world.


On March 15th, two Russian intelligence officials, together with two hackers hired by the Russian government, were charged with stealing more than half a billion accounts from Yahoo!. The breach happened in 2014, but the data stolen has been reported to have been used as recently as December 2016. A...


2016 was the year of the Brexit vote, the Rio Olympics, and the US presidential election. It was also the year of ransomware. Throughout 2016, we watched ransomware grow in popularity, frequency, and effectiveness. We also observed the introduction of...

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Last week was very intense for everyone in the Infosec community. As many of you are aware, the WannaCry ransomware hit a very large number of users running MS Windows. The modular ransomware worm exploited an SMB vulnerability that was patched a couple of months ago by Microsoft. However, numerous...

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Last weekend, researchers at Google discovered several Microsoft vulnerabilities, one of which was labeled "the worst Windows remote code exec in recent memory." Fortunately, the people at Microsoft took this very seriously and were able to release a fix for the bug in a matter of days. That said, s...

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Over the past few days, a very dangerous and effective phishing campaign targeting Google Docs users has been perpetrated with relative success. The victim receives an email from a trusted email address containing a link to view a Google Document. What is peculiar about this campaign is that it actu...

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This week's highlight for most of us was surely Valentine's day - a day known for love and kindness to others. At FortiGuard Labs we'd hoped that same wave of kindness would have spread to the far reaches of the net, inducing a love-inspired cease-fire, even if for a single day.

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This week was marked by the news of the arrest of one of Kaspersky Labs' researchers, Ruslan Stoyanov, along with Sergei Mikhailov, a division head of the Russian intelligence service FSB, on charges of treason. According to a statement released by Kaspersky Labs, Stoyanov is under investigation for...

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Over the past few months, IoT (Internet of Things) devices have been the focus of attention in both the research world and the mainstream news. The reason behind this lies not only in the increase in popularity of these devices but also, and more im...


This week, the world's attention has been focused on US President-elect Donald Trump and the allegations that purport to connect him to data stolen by Russian hackers during the 2016 US election.