Four Steps to Hybrid Workplace Success

As vaccinations roll out across the region, the move to hybrid working presents many new challenges for organisations, but it is also indicative of a greater business challenge – constant change and uncertainty. 2020 proved that it is no longer enough to prepare for the next thing. Organisations, and their networks, must be prepared for everything.

Group-IB exposes fraud schemes globally and in the MEA

At least 16 countries in the MEA region, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, are being targeted by scammers who are harvesting user personal and payment data via a multistage scam that exploits at least 138 popular brands. Group-IB outlines the MEA countries and the various verticals which were targeted by the scams, alongside the impacts of the ongoing “scamdemic”.

Ransomware on the Rise

Ransomware is on the rise again. A recent industry report found that ransomware attacks increased by 150% in the last year, while blockchain research firm Chainalysis saw a 311% increase, year on year, to the end of 2020 in the number of actual ransomware attacks. Ransomware is also a growing concern in the Middle East region, as attack frequency and sophistication rose significantly since last year.

An Edge Computing Breakup: Out with the Old, and In with the New

When COVID-19 arrived in early 2020, enterprises’ first priority was to patch together a communications and information-sharing infrastructure that could sustain operations until work could return to normal. More than a year later, returns are on hold, and enterprises are rethinking their visions of “normal.” They’re reimagining their workplaces and their business practices, embracing more flexible models that take advantage of the benefits of edge technologies.

From Wiper to Ransomware: The Evolution of Agrius

A new threat actor SentinelLabs tracked as Agrius was observed operating in Israel starting in 2020. Initially engaged in espionage activity, Agrius deployed a set of destructive wiper attacks against Israeli targets, masquerading the activity as ransomware attacks. The attacks were carried out using DEADWOOD (aka Detbosit), a wiper with unconfirmed links to an Iranian threat group.

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