Looking ahead at trends for 2024 on our threat research blog and podcast. And all the latest news on the Five-Minute Forecast.
This week on The Threat Hub: Selena Larson from the Proofpoint threat research team looks back at some of the most notable trends in the threat landscape during 2023—and explores what they could mean for the future of cybersecurity. From the rise of QR codes in phishing and malware campaigns, to the creative use of zero-day and N-day (disclosed and not-yet-patched) vulnerabilities by both e-crime and APT actors, to the increasing sophistication of AI-powered tools and techniques, the threat landscape is always changing and evolving. In the blog post, Selena also discusses best practices and recommendations for defending against these threats, such as leveraging threat intelligence, sandboxing and community sharing.
Or if you prefer your 2024 prognostications in podcast form, the Discarded team is back with episode two of their series on predicting cyber threats in 2024. This time, Selena and Crista are joined by Randy Pargman and Rich Gonzalez, who manage detections and Emerging Threats at Proofpoint. Topics covered include high profile incidents such as WinRAR, Citrix NetScaler ADC, and ScreenConnect vulnerabilities, as well as a discussion about the role of public-private partnerships and international cooperation in enhancing cyberdefenses.
And on this week’s Five-Minute Forecast, 23andMe shares details of stolen data in last year's breach, ransomware payments drop to a new low, and senior threat researcher Greg Lesnewich explains the inspiration behind the 100 days of YARA initiative.
Use of .URL files increased significantly in the fourth quarter of 2023. Threat actors abuse this file type to embed links hosting malware payloads or credential phishing websites. Much of the increase can be attributed to actors abusing CVE-2023-36025, a vulnerability in Windows SmartScreen.
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Cyber attackers target people. They exploit people. Ultimately, they are people. That's why people—not technology—are the most critical variable in today’s cyber threats. This year, the 2023 Human Factor report takes an even closer look at new developments in the threat landscape, focusing on the combination of technology and psychology that makes the modern attack chain so dangerous.
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