Forcepoint 2016 Global Threat Report: Evasion, Insider Threats, and Ransomware Advance; New “Jaku” Botnet Targets Asia

AUSTIN, Texas—April 26, 2016 — Forcepoint, a global leader in empowering organizations to drive business forward through transformative security technologies, today rel
eased the Forcepoint® 2016 Global Threat Report, detailing some of the latest evolving threats, gathered from more than three billion data points per day in 155 countries around the world.

This year’s report analyzes the impact of:

  • A brand new botnet campaign that Forcepoint is calling “Jaku” that was discovered as a result of a 6-month investigation by Forcepoint’s Special Investigations (SI) team
  • A new crop of opportunistic ransomware, anti-malware tools and issues caused by the ever-dissolving perimeter that are posing serious challenges to cybersecurity professionals and the organizations they aim to protect
  • Increases in data breaches caused by both malicious and “accidental” insiders
  • Inconsistent security controls between cloud providers and businesses, which are complicating data protection
  • The continuing convergence of email and web attack vectors as nine out of ten unwanted emails contain one or mcyberthreatore URLs and millions of malicious macros are being sent

“The rapid evolution of the cyber threat environment has consequences that are much broader than just technical, operational, and financial – they can impact every piece of a business,” said Forcepoint Chief Scientist Dr. Richard Ford.  “With this Threat Re
port, we want to demystify these threats and help enable businesses with tools, recommendations and, quite simply, knowledge, so they can continue to move forward without fear.”

The Forcepoint 2016 Global Threat Report details multiple behavioral and technique-based trends and provides guidance on today’s most impactful threats to assist security professionals in planning their cybersecurity defense strategy.

Top findings include:

  • Malicious content in email increased 250% compared to 2014, driven largely by malware and ransomware
  • The United States hosts more phishing websites than all others countries combined
  • Ransomware focus is sharpening, targeting countries, economies and industries where a high ransom is more likely to be paid
  • “Insiders” – malicious and accidental – represent the biggest threat to company security and the one for which businesses feel least prepared
  • Advanced evasion techniques are gaining in popularity and are combining multiple evasion methods, such as IP fragmentation and TCP segmentation, to create new ways to bypass access controls, attack watering holes and disguise traffic

The Forcepoint 2016 Global Threat Report data was collected and evaluated using the Threatseeker® Intelligence Cloud, working behind-the-scenes 24x7x365 to provide Forcepoint visibility into the very latest threats. The Forcepoint team provided expert interpretation, with researchers and engineers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America performing interviews and investigations that examined attack activity and its impact across the full Kill Chain.

To download the Forcepoint 2016 Global Threat Report, visit www.forcepoint.com/threatreport. For ongoing research updates, be sure to follow the Forcepoint Security Labs blog at https://blogs.forcepoint.com/security-labs.

LatestOne.com encourages a Fitness Revolution through accessories By PTron!

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Gen-X life is about technology & fitness. Technology leaders are coming out with best in class fitness gadgets that would be your companions in your run towards fitness. Those who are trying hard in order to go fit may now find their chase towards fitness goals easier with these new PTron wearable accessories from LatestOne.com.

The smart bands have grabbed a wide market worldwide by shipping 45.7 million units in 2015. Global smart wearable devices market is estimated to grow at Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 25.38% during the period 2015 to 2019. By 2020, there will be over 100 Million users of fitness trackers. PTron wearable accessories deliver a wide range of capabilities like track a person’s heart rate, calories burned, step pedometer, distance tracker, goal setter, sleep tracker, and sleep quality monitor etc. Health conscious middle class group of Indian society is gradually picking up with major share in the demand for smart wearable devices. Interestingly, elderly educated are developing penchant for wearable gadgets.

The “trending now” attitude has expanded to demographics like gender and age. Customers need and desire for wearable gadgets  is ever increasing. It is a task for companies to cater to this need of a customer. LatestOne.com, with its in-house brand PTron have successfully managed to inspire existing and prospective customers in offering state-of -the-art tech accessories at affordable prices while creating trend in wearable technology.

Mr. Ameen Khwaja, the CEO and Founder of LatestOne.com  said ,“Fitness is not just a trend, it is becoming a habit and lifestyle. We have launched PTron fitness bands with affordable price tags and amazing colors in order to satisfy the needs of a wide customer segment. We expect 15% to 20% revenue to be generated from fitness wearable devices in the current quarter. The PTron fitness bands on LatestOne.com, blend technology and comfort in compact wearable devices. The display unit on the band makes it convenient to use and read the metrics easily without going back to the mobile device.”

Top 5 Tech gadgets to make your vacations perfect

It is always a good time to plan a trip, pack your bags and set out to explore new adventures and new destinations. And whether you are a business traveler or a backpacker there is always a handful of small pocket-sized gadgets that you can carry to make your travelling memorable. From entertainment gizmo to keeping your smartphone powered up, we have round up a few top end gadgets that you should surely consider for your next trip.

  1. Portronics POR 341 Power Brick (13000 mAh Battery): A must-have that tops the chart is a portable charge of a high mAh ( 10000 and above) to be able to take care of your handheld devices while travelling. This power bank offers multiple protection features; it is equipped with protection against overcharging, excess voltage and excess current.  Another important feature is short circuit protection.  The device also deploys LED lights to indicate remaining battery. This is a perfect gadget for when your phone dies right when you need it the most.
  1. Lifestraw: This would probably not be your first choice when you are off to a luxurious kind of holiday. But if you like adventure and camping, this could be your tool and even life saver. Containing no chemicals, no batteries and no moving parts, the Lifestraw is a gizmo that no adventure enthusiastic can do without. The Lifestraw’s microbiological water purification system means it can filter 1,000 litres of water sucked up through the straw, removing 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, including E. coli, and 99.9% of waterborne protozoa. It does take a good hard suck to get the water up, but that’s hardly a problem when it’s a matter of life or death, right? Perhaps save this one for emergencies.
  1. Lechal shoes: Lechal – World’s first haptic footwear, and allows you to navigate hands-free and also tracks your fitness metrics. For users visiting a new city, or looking to rediscover their own, the footwear allows users to tag locations, set destinations and get real-time data on landmarks all around you. Lechal also boasts unique voice commands and an inherently social nature, enabling you to share your location with other users.  The footwear is also ideal for groups of families and friends that want to keep track of everyone. For example, if a group is scattered across an amusement park but plans to meet at the same restaurant for dinner, Lechal can provide real-time location data. It’s a boon for additional convenience and safety.
  1. GoPro Hero 3+: If you love surfing or skiing, what better than to be able to capture every moment of your adventure. GoPro Hero 3+ is a gadget for some serious action-adventure and wide landscapes in HD. For the ones who do not want to go all pro with f-stops and focusing, this is your magic pony! It allows you to connect via WiFi and syncs to your iPhone, iPad or smartphone device for remote viewing and it has longer battery life. Just push the button and create amazing memories.
  1. Divoom Airbeat 10: This portable bluetooth speaker has a suction cup that turns any hard surface into an extra subwoofer to amplify the bass. This one is perfect to enjoy your time in the hotel room or on a beach with some great foot tapping music. Since it is small and powerful, it won’t consume too much space in your luggage.