Stories by Tim Greene

At Black Hat: A free tool for spear phishing Twitter

A spear phishing tool to automate the creation of phony tweets - complete with malicious URLs – with messages victims are likely to click on will be released at Black Hat by researchers from ZeroFOX.
Called SNAP_R (for social network automated phisher with reconnaissance), the tool runs through a target Twitter account to gather data on what topics seem to interest the subscriber. Then it writes a tweet loaded up with a link to a site containing malware and sends it.

Carbon Black buys Confer for next-gen anti-virus

Carbon Black has bought Confer to boost its protection for network endpoints using a behavioral form of antivirus combined with cloud analysis of threats rather than traditional signature-based software.

Bay Dynamics lands another $23 million to speed expansion

Security-analytics firm Bay Dynamics has pulled down $23 million more in venture funding to help the company speed up its international expansion and execution of its action plan to reach customers and differentiate itself from competitors.

Stuxnet the movie: The U.S. has pwned Iran

The new documentary about Stuxnet, ‘Zero Days’, says the U.S. had a far larger cyber operation against Iran called Nitro Zeus that has compromised the country’s infrastructure and could be used as a weapon in any future war.

Brown University offers Ivy League CISO creds

Freshly minted CISOs as well as other mid-career professionals with a need for a broad grounding in cybersecurity can get an advanced degree in the topic through a new program at Brown University.

Kaspersky: Ransomware that encrypts is booming

Over the past year the number of machines hit by ransomware that encrypts all or part of the hard drive is five-and-a-half times what it was the year before, according to Kaspersky Lab.

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