What We Learned From Analyzing Over 40 Million Spam Messages

Posted by Malcovery Security on Tue, Jul 8, '14

Earlier today we announced yet another major milestone at Malcovery: over 47 million spam messages processed and seven thousand email-based attacks identified in one month. In addition, we achieved record automated analysis with auto-classification of 92% of phishing URLs.

As you can imagine, we’re quite pleased to have reached this major milestone as a company. However, the biggest achievement is the lessons that we’ve learned along the way.

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Topics: Email-based Threat Intelligence

How Modern Cybercrime is Like an Episode of Scooby Doo

Posted by Malcovery Security on Wed, Jun 11, '14

“And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids."

This was always one of the last lines of every Scooby Doo cartoon.  This line was always delivered right after the bad guy’s mask was taken off, revealing the criminal.  All of the bad guys in the Scooby Doo cartoons used deception in attempt to make their evil, though overly complex, plan work.  As kids, we would watch very closely from the beginning of the episode, trying to figure out who the bad guy was.  Each clue was analyzed, every person examined.  However, until the gang in The Mystery Machine van took off the mask, you never knew for sure. 

Today’s cyber criminal is no different then the criminals that Fred, Velma, and the gang unmasked. The number one tool that is utilized is deception. Instead of acting like monsters and terrorizing a town, they are terrorizing your email inbox. 

In order to fight the modern cybercrime, we don’t need a cool van and a talking Great Dane. Instead, we need to know how the criminal is acting and how he has acted in the past.  In order to solve the case, we need to be able to gather the clues behind the attack. Threat intelligence provides the ability to look at patterns, trends, and behaviors of emerging cyber-criminals. Any device or person that is taking on this fight needs the most actionable information possible.  Threat intelligence provides both the investigators and the security devices with this information. Just like Scooby Doo, without the proper clues and experience solving crimes, the criminal will never be un-masked.

Threat Intelligence can unmask the cyber thief hiding behind your email.  And he can say “I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn’t for Threat Intelligence.”

Scooby Dooby Doo: are you ready to put your threat intelligence hat on?

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Topics: Email-based Threat Intelligence

The Biggest Misconception About Threat Intelligence

Posted by Malcovery Security on Tue, May 27, '14

Recently, we discussed the important differences between threat intelligence and threat data. The corporate security community is continually moving toward an intelligence-led security approach. It's no secret that we, at Malcovery, think this is a good thing. However, we have noticed that as words like "intelligence" and "big data" continue to rise in buzzword status, some of the meaning gets lost along the way. This leads the buyer of security intelligence solutions to develop certain misconceptions, which could create a buyer disadvantage in choosing the right solution. 

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Topics: Email-based Threat Intelligence

Threat Intelligence: How Major Banks Fight Phishing

Posted by Malcovery Security on Thu, Feb 6, '14

Despite layers of security, employee training, web and email filters, web gateway blacklists, and various other precautions, phishing and malicious spam continues to increase. And, cybercriminals are becoming more efficient and effective in their efforts. While phishing victims span many industries, 20% of attacks are targeted at financial institutions. Criminals are, by their very nature, money motivated. 

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Topics: Email-based Threat Intelligence

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