The latest in the non-stop evolution of global cybercrime tactics and methods is “Avalanche”, a large global network hosting infrastructure used by cybercriminals to implement malware and other hacking schemes. This month, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a Technical Alert on Avalanche in the hopes of helping American businesses to prevent it from compromising their data.
So far, hackers have used Avalanche to host and spread a number of different types of malware to their targets in the business world. Effects range from stolen information to encrypted and ransomed data (ransomware), unauthorized remote access to affected systems, Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and more. Using a fast-flux DNS masking technique, Avalanche has so far hosted the following malware:
Here are the vital steps you can take to better prepare your IT security for threats like Avalanche:
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