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The Blueliv blog is home to the latest threat intelligence analysis, content from investigations, corporate news, information about our modular cyberthreat intelligence solutions, and more. Take some time to explore the archives and perspectives from our intelligence analysts and management team.

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Changing the channel: some significant updates for our strategic partners
New team members, new wins and partner portal upgrades to deliver better services The past year, we have been making numerous improvements to our Strategic Partnership Program, to help Distributors, MSSPs and VARs sell our modular threat intelligence solutions to customers. In January, the relaunch of our multi-market program...
Blueliv receives double honors at Computing Security Excellence Awards
We have been recognized for industry leadership and promoting new collaborative models in Enterprise Security and Enterprise Threat Detection categories We are thrilled to announce today two significant award wins at the Computing.co.uk Security Excellence Awards: the Enterprise Security and Enterprise Threat Detection categories for 2018. The independent panel...
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What is Threat Intelligence and why is it important?
Index Introduction What threat intelligence isn’t ‘Data’ ‘Information’ What threat intelligence is? Gathering Processing and actionable delivery Integration, visualization and dissemination Categories of threat intelligence Tactical Operational Strategic When to use threat intelligence Before an attack During an attack After an attack The benefits of real-time, dynamic threat intelligence...
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CryptoAPI in Malware
For a considerable period, cryptography algorithms with varying levels of complexity have been detected in most malware families. Many have different purposes, from decrypting configuartions carried by the malware or downloaded from a server, to encrypting communications with C2s, to encrypting user files in the case of ransomware, and...
Managing cyber-risk: Cyberthreat intelligence and the Insurance sector
Organizations in all sectors face increasingly virulent and sophisticated cyberthreats on a weekly, if not daily basis. The insurance sector is particularly at risk.  From organized criminal groups seeking PII (personally identifiable information), financial account data and anything else that can be monetized, to hacktivists trying disrupt the day-to-day...
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North American credential theft industry records substantial quarterly increase, against declines in Europe and Asia
141% increase in compromised credentials detected in North America during Blueliv quarterly analysis Fewer compromised European and Asian credentials detected over same period (22% and 36% decreases respectively) LokiPWS malware family distribution continues to increase faster than Pony this quarter Our latest quarterly credential theft analysis follows the initial...
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Blueliv shortlisted for four of Computing’s Security Excellence Awards
Following our recent recognition as Threat Intelligence Company of the Year 2018 by Cybersecurity Breakthrough, we are pleased to announce that we have been named Finalists in the following categories by Computing’s Security Excellence Awards: Security Vendor of the Year – SME Enterprise Security Award Enterprise Threat Detection Award...
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ARS Loader evolution, a new stealer (ZeroEvil) and AirNaine (TA545)
This blog post details the research performed by the Blueliv Labs team and presented by Jose Miguel Esparza at Virus Bulletin in Montreal. The research is related to ARS Loader and its evolution, the appearance of a new stealer based on ARS, ZeroEvil, and how both malware families have...
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Threat Exchange Network blog: September 2018
The Blueliv Threat Exchange Network is a global community of thousands of cybersecurity experts, IT professionals and academics. Each month members publish the latest news, threat data, IOCs and more in order to improve resilience and accelerate incident response. Members can create your own intelligence feed for free by...
Blueliv named ‘Threat Intelligence Company of the Year’ in Cybersecurity Breakthrough Awards 2018
We’re delighted to announced that today we have been named ‘Threat Intelligence Company of the Year 2018’ in the Cybersecurity Breakthrough Awards. Our innovations in cyber-risk management and the promotion of new collaborative models saw us win recognition from an independent panel of experts within the information security industry....
The right tools for the job: how to protect against credential theft
Humans are often described as the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain. This is certainly true to an extent: witness the fact that phishing enabled 93% of data breaches last year. However, it might be more accurate to describe credentials themselves as the biggest threat to organizations. Whether we’re...
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Why Proactive Cybersecurity Begins with Monitoring for Compromised Credentials
Most IT security teams today are under a huge amount of pressure. With dwindling human resources, they must tackle a growing volume and range of sophisticated threats, as well as support ambitious digital transformation projects which could make or break the fortunes of their organization. Faced with this uphill...
Detecting Compromised Credentials
Why Proactive Cybersecurity Begins with Monitoring for Compromised Credentials Most IT security teams today are under a huge amount of pressure. With dwindling human resources, they must tackle a growing volume and range of sophisticated threats, as well as support ambitious digital transformation projects which could make or break...
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Insurance Identity theft: The weakest link
Anyone following the cybercrime landscape over the past two decades will be aware of one inalienable truth: online criminals will always go where there are people and money. Unfortunately, a side effect of the digital revolution has meant there are more online users and resultingly greater access to highly...
Banking on Threat Intelligence: The Impact of Credential Theft on Financial Services
A couple of years ago cyber-thieves managed to compromise the accounts of thousands of Tesco Bank customers in the UK, stealing £2.5m in the process. The attack was labelled “unprecedented” at the time. But while major incidents like this are few and far between, attackers are certainly turning the...
Stopping Password Theft: The Value of Proactive Threat Intelligence
Password Theft and passwords represent the “keys to the kingdom” in our modern, digital-centric world. They protect our personal and corporate email, our social networking accounts, and access to our most sensitive financial and healthcare data. At a business level, they’re also still widely used to protect enterprise accounts,...
Identity theft: mitigating risk for the enterprise
Today’s CIOs and CISOs have a problem. On the one hand they’re under increasing pressure to support digital transformation efforts designed to drive business growth and agility. But in moving to new technology platforms they inevitably also expose the organization to increased cyber risk. One of the most damaging...
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Threat Exchange Network blog: July 2018
The Blueliv Threat Exchange Network is a global community of thousands of cybersecurity experts, IT professionals and academics. Each month members publish the latest news, threat data, IOCs and more in order to improve resilience and accelerate incident response. Members can create their own intelligence feeds for free by exporting these...
Credential theft: the business impact of stolen credentials
Cybercriminals are stealing credentials using a wide range of techniques, tactics and procedures. The compromised data has a variety of uses and enables attackers to breach organizations and steal sensitive information. In fact, all it takes is a single good credential to gain access to an organization’s infrastructure and...
European credential theft industry booming as US market sees decline
39% increase in compromised credentials detected in Europe and Russia in 2018 Europe-only credential theft success at 62% growth rate Europe and Russia home to half of credential theft victims worldwide (49%) LokiPWS malware family distribution increases over 300% since start of 2017 Today we announced our new report...
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Threat Exchange Network blog: June 2018
The Blueliv Threat Exchange Network is a global community of thousands of cybersecurity experts, IT professionals and academics. Each month members publish the latest news, threat data, IOCs and more in order to improve resilience and accelerate incident response. Members can create their own intelligence feeds for free by exporting these...
Combatting password re-use
A recent article on The Register discussed an academic paper proposing that high-profile websites cooperate to stop users re-using passwords. If sites like Twitter and Facebook share users’ credentials, it suggests, they can then work together to make sure users don’t use the same password across different sites. The...
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Threat Exchange Network blog: April 2018
The Blueliv Threat Exchange Network is a global community of thousands of cybersecurity experts, IT professionals and academics. Each month members publish the latest news, threat data, IOCs and more in order to improve resilience and accelerate incident response. Members can create your own intelligence feed for free by...
Introducing Threat Context: our newest deep defense tool for richer investigations
Today we release a brand new module to help cybersecurity teams improve their productivity. Threat Context provides contextualized, qualified threat indicator information, enhancing incident triage, post-incident forensics and red teaming activities. SOC, Incident Response and Threat Intelligence teams are plagued by information overload, making it difficult to prioritize threats...
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Recap: Blueliv at RSA Conference 2018
Last week, RSA Conference 2018 pulled 45,000 attendees from all over the world to San Francisco’s Moscone Centre. The week was packed with keynotes from tech luminaries, networking events and sessions discussing the latest themes, threats and solutions from the world of cybersecurity. RSA is always a great barometer...
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Drupalgeddon2 (SA-CORE-2018-002 / CVE-2018-7600) – an analysis of payloads observed in the wild 
A few weeks ago a highly critical Drupal vulnerability dubbed as Drupalgeddon2 (SA-CORE-2018-002 / CVE-2018-7600) was discovered and patched by Drupal developers. This security problem permits remote code execution (RCE) without user authentication and affects the Drupal core of versions 7, 8 and the unmaintained 6 too. Aside from...
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Threat Exchange Network blog: March 2018
The Blueliv Threat Exchange Network is a global community of thousands of cybersecurity experts, IT professionals and academics. Each month members publish the latest news, threat data, IOCs and more in order to improve resilience and accelerate incident response. Members can create your own intelligence feed for free by...
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Blueliv Annual Cyberthreat Report advises increased intelligence sharing and cross-industry collaboration
Malware advances no longer focused on ‘traditional’ enterprise targets as cybercriminals expand their scope Today we release our Annual Cyberthreat Report, compiling actionable intelligence from Threat Compass with expert insight from our analyst team. We conclude that a higher level of collaboration and intelligence-sharing between industries is ever-more crucial...
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Threat Exchange Network blog: February 2018
The Blueliv Threat Exchange Network is a global community of thousands of cybersecurity experts, IT professionals and academics. Each month members publish the latest news, threat data, IOCs and more in order to improve resilience and accelerate incident response. Members can create your own intelligence feed for free by...
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Blueliv secures €4 million Series A funding, strengthens leadership team to accelerate global expansion
Vento’s investment boost accompanied by senior hire and growth into new Barcelona headquarters 14 February 2018 – Barcelona, Spain – Blueliv, Europe’s leading provider of enterprise-class cyberthreat intelligence solutions, today announced it has raised €4 million in Series A funding, made a senior appointment and relocated its Barcelona headquarters...
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Threat Exchange Network blog: January 2018
The Blueliv Threat Exchange Network is a global community of thousands of cybersecurity experts, IT professionals and academics. Each month members publish the latest news, threat data, IOCs and more in order to improve resilience and accelerate incident response. Members can create your own intelligence feed for free by...
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Blueliv Partner Program opens up our modular cyberthreat intelligence tools to the channel
Multi-market Strategic Partnership Program is designed to drive higher margins and accelerate partner revenue and growth Today we launch our Strategic Partnership Program, featuring deal registration incentives, dedicated sales and marketing support, and flexible engagement so partners can develop a model to suit their business. The Strategic Partnership Program...
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GDPR: Accelerate your reaction time, reduce your penalty
New whitepaper shows how threat intelligence can help mitigate the impact of GDPR on your business The new European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into force soon, and personal data breaches will be among the most seriously penalized issues a company can face. In fact, an organization in breach of GDPR...
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Research from Blueliv honored at Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning conference
Blueliv recently participated in the 20th International Conference of the Catalan Association for Artificial Intelligence (Congrés Català en Intel·ligència Artificial or CCIA), whose objective is to foster discussion among the local Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning research community. Blueliv’s Daniel Gibert presented a poster of his collaborative work on...
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Making the headlines: Bad Rabbit and Reaper malware
Though we process thousands of malware samples per day, very few of them attract the attention of the mainstream media in the way that Bad Rabbit and Reaper have recently. Here’s a quick overview, their potential impact on business and some suggested mitigation techniques to help you and your...
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TrickBot banking trojan using EFLAGS as an anti-hook technique
In one of our analysis of the TrickBot banking trojan, we found an interesting anti-sandbox that catches (almost) all user-mode (ring3) sandboxes, and we would like to share it with you. hash: 2ebeef906142f328168e7e62e8be7fbaee48e3521853d76ea778005ada6e938a The sample does something like this: lea eax, ; 1. prepare buffer for GetSystemTime push...
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Sonic Drive-In | Credit Card Theft Detection Use Case
Photo courtesy Sonic Franchises On September 26, 2017, Sonic the U.S. fast-food chain based in Oklahoma City, OK, with about 3,600 locations across 45 states, acknowledged that their payment processor detected some unusual activity. “The first hints of a breach at the Oklahoma City-based fast-food chain came last...
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Data Breach | Avoid being the next Equifax
Image Courtesy CNN Money On 29 July 2017, Equifax, one of the big-three credit reporting companies, announced the discovery of a data breach exposing an estimated 143M Americans. Unauthorized access took place between mid-May through July 2017. One source has called this a category-5 event.   Details of the...
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4 Strategies to bolster your 2017 security posture
Is your business prepared for a cyber threat? Here are some considerations to help you understand the important dynamics of your security posture strategies: End users are the number one security risk in any organization Your security strategy needs to be adaptable to a changing threat landscape BYOD, 3rd-party...
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Threat intelligence to help you avoid toxic rogue mobile apps
Image Courtesy BBC News How did my dad’s Uber account get hacked? Sometime around July 6, 2017, ABC News Brisbane reporter Josh Bavas, received 2 a.m. notification that someone had just accessed his Uber account in Los Angeles and shortly after, someone in Moscow. (He was in Australia.) He...
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10 things you need to know about brand abuse and how to stay alerted to them
Brand abuse is a big problem, and it’s getting bigger. Between 2010-2014, the EU, US, and Japanese customs authorities seized and estimated €467.5M EU / $953.2M US / ¥100M JA in counterfeited products from China alone. The next 4 countries–Hong Kong, Turkey, Greece, and Panama–accounted for another third. Brand...
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How banks can protect customers from “Man in the browser attacks”
Criminal groups use a wide range of methods to compromise users and siphon its bank accounts, for this reason, when a user’s computer is infected by a malware, depending on its main goal and its capabilities, it could use multiple methods to obtain sensitive information, such as changing the...
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Targeted Malware Detection
Today’s cyber criminal wants one thing. He wants to get his malware into your IT network because once he’s in, he can go to work–remotely–achieving the myriad of other criminal activities he and his accomplices have in mind. Your best defense against targeted malware is to thwart the criminal...
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Avoid the cost and headache of leaked data (here’s how)
“Leaked data falls into 4 types,” says Peter Gordon from SANS Institute: confidential information, intellectual property, customer data and health records. Data leakage, however, is not limited to deliberate efforts of cyber espionage. In fact, a surprising amount of it tends to be the result of human error–well into...
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Successful CISO 360 Congress sponsored by Blueliv
Last week, Pulse Conferences hosted the CISO 360 Congress at the Grand Marina hotel in Barcelona; an incomparable frame by the Mediterranean Sea where more than 80 CISOs gathered to discuss the most trendy and relevant cyber security topics. The event went on for 3 days and it gave...
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The many colors of cybersquatting – Do not underestimate them
Blueliv Guest Post | Jean-Jacques Dahan, Managing Director and Expert Consultant for Online Brand Security & Global Domain Strategy at Zeusmark. Cybersquatting is a constant challenge for a company. It is a broad concept involving many aspects of risk, speculation, and fraud. It should not be underestimated as it provides a...
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Protect your business against ruthless cybersquatters
Also this week: Blueliv is pleased to announce a featured post on the subject of Cybersquatting from Jean-Jacques Dahan–Managing Director and Expert Consultant for Online Brand Security & Global Domain Strategy, Zeusmark. This article continues the discussion begun with the Phishing module article. Now, the focus will be on...
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Petya Ransomware cyber attack is spreading across the globe – Part 2
Following our first blog providing an early analysis about Petya, we are sharing further findings of the malware analysis that we have performed. We divided this post into the three areas we have briefly analyzed after the Petya attack: the propagation techniques of the malware, the encryption techniques used,...
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Petya Ransomware cyber attack is spreading across the globe – Part 1
As you might know, Petya Ransomware is currently devastating Airlines, Banks & Utilities and many other businesses across the globe. Denmark, France, Spain, Ukraine, and the USA are already impacted and many others might be too in the coming hours. So far, it seems that the sample is being...
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Business threat intelligence | Win the fight against phishing attacks
Blueliv has one module that handles two of the main cyber threats targeted at businesses–Phishing and Cybersquatting. This module plugs into our threat monitoring Enterprise Platform Solution. For completeness, we’ll divide these threats into separate articles. First, it’s important to understand the inherent nature of these attacks. Criminals who...
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Blueliv at Infosecurity Europe 2017
This year, we had the opportunity to exhibit in this year’s edition of Infosecurity Europe (Infosec) in London, Europe’s largest and most comprehensive Information Security event, which welcomed more than 13,500 visitors including industry’s thought leaders and experts.   Threat Intelligence high in the Agenda The 22nd edition took...
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Blueliv Threat Exchange Network | A community of early cyber responders
Cybercrime has become a socialized industry, and as such criminals employ community knowledge and resources found on the dark web and deep web to intensify efforts. In 2016, Europol identified some startling trends that demonstrate how sophisticated cyber criminals have become. Here are some top specialties and readily available...
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Cyber Threat Intelligence Feeds | Secure your network before an attack
Which malicious malware attack does your boss need you to block today? Blueliv Cyber Threat Intelligence Feeds provide security information that’s granular, industry specific and on time. Experts from respected think tanks like Gartner and RSA agree. Knowledge-based information and targeted action are having a profoundly positive effect on...
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What our honeypots taught us about Wannacry ransomware
WannaCry has been on the lips, and especially in the concerns of everyone these last days. As we have addressed in recent posts, Friday, 12th May, marked the beginning of a massive global campaign to spread the WannaCry ransomware (a.k.a. WCry, WannaCrypt, WCrypt, WannaCrypt0r…). The ransomware spreads through a...
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WannaCrypt Malware Analysis
Last Friday, 12th May, a worm targeting outdated Windows machines was detected. The worm in question used leaked NSA exploits to propagate and dropped a variant of a ransomware called WannaCrypt. This post will try to give you an insight into the infection process, as well as the spreading...
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