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Be it supply chain, email, mobile or the Cloud, no environment is immune to cyber attacks as threat actors continue to develop new tool sets and techniques, thus targeting corporate assets stored on Cloud infrastructure, individuals’ mobile devices, trusted third-party supplier applications and even popular mail platforms, a new report by cyber security firm Check Point Software said on Friday.

“Be it Cloud, mobile or email, no environment is immune to cyber attacks. In addition, threats such as targeted Ransomware attacks, DNS attacks and Cryptominers will continue to be relevant in 2019, and security experts need to stay attuned to the latest threats and attack methods to provide their organisations with the best level of protection,” Maya Horowitz, Director, Threat Intelligence and Research, Products, Check Point, said in a statement.


According to Check Point Software’s “Cyber Attack Trends: 2019 Mid-Year” report, with over 50 per cent increase in attacks when compared to 2018, banking malware has evolved to become a very common mobile threat.

Today, banking malware is capable of stealing payment data, credentials and funds from victims’ bank accounts, and new versions of these malware are ready for massive distribution by anyone that’s willing to pay.


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Email scammers have started to employ various evasion techniques designed to bypass security solutions and anti-spam filters such as encoded emails, images of the message embedded in the email body, as well as complex underlying code which mixes plain text letters with HTML characters.

The growing popularity of public Cloud environments has led to an increase in cyber attacks targeting enormous resources and sensitive data residing within these platforms.

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The lack of security practices such as misconfiguration and poor management of the Cloud resources remains the most prominent threat to the Cloud ecosystem in 2019, subjecting Cloud assets to a wide array of attacks.

Threat actors are extending their attack vectors such as focusing on the supply chain. In software supply chain attacks, the threat actor typically instils a malicious code into legitimate software by modifying and infecting one of the building blocks the software relies upon. (IANS)


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Kishan said that the organisers have been asked to strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols. Also, those who are not vaccinated, will not be allowed without the negative RT-PCR test report, he added. "We have been informed by organisers that a total of 120 guests are invited to the wedding and the events will take place between December 7 to December 10," he added.

Earlier at 10.30 a.m., Kishan called a meeting which was attended by administrative, police and forest department officials, hotel and event managers to ensure adequate arrangements for crowd control, smooth regulation of traffic, and law and order situation amid the VIP movement. The wedding venue Fort Barwara, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, is situated in the panchayat samiti Chauth Ka Barwara. The venue is around 22 km away from Sawai Madhopur and is around 174 km from Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur district is famous for the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve and as per reports, the guests are likely to be taken for a tiger safari. (IANS/ MBI)


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