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Articles of interest from the week of July 16, 2018

North Korean Hackers Launch New ActiveX Attacks
A new series of reconnaissance attacks targeting ActiveX objects has been associated with North Korean-linked Andariel group, a known branch of the notorius Lazarus Group. (By Ionut Arghire, Security Week)

Cryptomining is the most popular cyber crime malware after ransomware: Report
Malicious cryptominers accounted for 32 percent of cyber attacks in the first half of 2018, while ransomware accounted for 8% such attacks. This was stated in mid-year update to the Vulnerability and Threat Trends Report of cybersecurity provider Skybox Security. (By Gadgets Now)

RATs Bite Ukraine in Ongoing Espionage Campaign
An ongoing espionage campaign aimed at Ukraine is leveraging three different remote access Trojans (RATs), ESET security researchers warn. (By Ionut Arghire, Security Week)

Three Emerging Technologies to Accelerate Incident Readiness
Purple Teaming is a Boon to Incident Readiness and Response, Cyber risk is now widely recognized as one of the top business risks globally, and executives are asking their security leadership what they can do to be better prepared and mitigate this risk. Dusting off that incident response plan when something happens is far from adequate. Organizations need strong incident response capabilities but also incident readiness. To hone their skills, security teams are turning to various exercises designed to help them better anticipate threats and practice their response. One of these exercises is Purple Teaming. (By Ashley Arbuckle, Security Week)

BEC Scam Losses Top $12 Billion: FBI
The losses and potential losses reported as a result of business email compromise (BEC) and email account compromise (EAC) scams exceed $12 billion globally, according to an alert published last week by the FBI. (By Eduard Kovacs, Security Week)

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