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Banks, Globally, Attacked by Fileless Malware

Banks around the world are being infected with a new form of fileless malware. This type of malware is invisible, as it lies undetected within the memory of a bank’s network gathering passwords and administrative information. The malware then feeds this data back to the hackers, who use it to control the bank’s computer system remotely.

According to Kaspersky Lab, who discovered the new form of malware, there have been reports of this malware at 140 different enterprises in 40 different countries throughout the globe, including: banks, telecoms and government institutions. The United States being hit the hardest with 21 reported incidents.

“What is interesting here is that these attacks are ongoing globally against banks themselves,” said Kaspersky Lab expert Kurt Baumgartner to Ars Technica late last week. Baumgartner went on to explain, “the banks have not been adequately prepared in many cases to deal with this.”

Fileless malware attacks are becoming more common than anyone imagined, which is why cyber security has become such an important tool. Digital Forensic Firms, such as,  NightLion Security, offer malware detection and removal with 24/7 service. Vinny Troia, CEO of the St. Louis Digital Forensics Firm, commented that banks are being targeted because they do not have the proper security in place to protect them against this type of invisible malware distribution.

Kaspersky Lab is unsure who is behind the attack or if it is more than one group using the same tools. They plan on releasing their findings later today.

Whoever is behind these attacks is focusing on computers that run automatic teller machines and “pushing money out of the banks from within the banks,” explains Baumgartner. He goes on to say that many of these attacks varied in the way they were executed, which is why they think numerous groups could be involved.

Cyber Security Expert talks about recent hacker

A recent article on Fox News talks about a Bahamian man who hacks into tons of celebrity emails to steal unreleased movies and TV scripts. Alonzo Knowles is the man being investigated for criminal copyright infringement and identity theft charges. Knowles is also giving away social security numbers and other personal things. Vinny Troia, Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator and CEO of Night Lion Security, a digital forensics and penetration testing firm, doesn’t believe that Knowles hacked into celebrity email accounts. In fact, he believes this is all a scam and that Knowles never hacked anything at all.

Troia thinks this was just a challenge to lure customers in to buying some of the things he hacked. Once the customers decided to buy the social security numbers, for example, Knowles would run away and leave the customer with nothing, Troia presumes. Knowles’ plan was working for him because people believe it is hard to obtain social security numbers but it is actually incredibly simple, Troia explains. Troia clarifies that one hack would have been difficult enough to pull off and there is no evidence to suggest that he is skilled enough to pull off all of these hacks and steal all of this information.