The annual Black Hat show, which wrapped up yesterday, is an early indicator of some ways attackers might target your customers in the coming year. Among the 2015 high (or low, depending on your perspective) spots were sessions showing how a Jeep was hijacked through an open port, how a hacktivist group from Iran and Syria operates, and a keynote discussing why women make up only 10 percent of the information security industry.
Speaking of attacks, on Friday, Cisco’s Talos security team warned of a phishing campaign where emails purporting to be from Microsoft offering Windows 10 upgrades actually carry CTB-Locker, a ransomware variant. “Currently, Talos is detecting the ransomware being delivered to users at a high rate,” wrote the team, which also shows how to detect the fake offers. It’s worth warning customers and end users to be very cautious. Ransomware is difficult, though not impossible, to recover from.