Threat Intelligence Blog

Posted February 18, 2015

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Since threat intelligence is constantly evolving, we publish this weekly report to keep our customers updated on the latest threats across a variety of industries. You can read an abridged version below. Follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our blog to make sure you don’t miss any of the latest security articles from Cyveillance experts.

Top Incidents

Insurance/Healthcare

  • Members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners want a multi-state examination of Anthem, Inc. and its affiliates, following the discovery of a cybersecurity breach at the health insurance company.

Financial Services

  • The largest British bank admitted failings by its Swiss subsidiary in response to media reports it helped wealthy customers dodge taxes and conceal millions of dollars of assets. The client list included many international celebrities, arms dealers, people linked to former dictators and traffickers in blood diamonds, and several individuals on the current U.S. sanctions list.
  • Financial institutions are getting smarter about fighting fraud. They are deploying multi-layered protection, and as a result, stealing credit card data or launching direct attacks on these institutions and customer bases is becoming increasingly complex. This is forcing hackers to look for alternative sources of financial gains. In 2015, there will likely be an increase in this type of attack outside of the financial sector. Look for attacks to expand into other verticals, including pharmaceutical companies, airlines, hotels, as well as into the lines of businesses within the enterprise.

Global Intelligence

  • An  article on 17173.com reports that Electronic Soul, a Chinese online game developer, suffered a massive scale DDoS attack from the end of 2014 until recently. According to the article, the hacker group responsible for the attack has been arrested after a series of investigations by Electronic Soul and the Chinese police force.

Legal and Regulations

  • On February 10, the White House announced it will establish the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC). In prepared remarks, Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, revealed that the CTIIC will be responsible for integrating intelligence about cyber threats, providing analysis to policymakers and operators, and support the work of existing Federal government Cyber Centers, network defenders, and local law enforcement agencies. The agency will operate under the auspices of the Director of National Intelligence.

Retail

  • USA Today reported that the Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle had their Twitter feed hacked early Sunday. After about 1 a.m. ET on Sunday, racially offensive and other insensitive tweets began emerging from the @ChipotleTweets account. The account’s profile picture of a pepper had been replaced with a swastika. The company later issued an apology tweet stating the account had been hijacked.

Defense

  • The Defense Contract Management Agency, the U.S. federal government entity responsible for performing contract administration services for the Department of Defense, is responding to a suspected cybersecurity breach and has pulled a number of its servers offline while the investigation continues.

 

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