That Nigerian Prince Has Evolved His Game

Today Unit 42 published its latest paper focused on Nigerian cybercrime. Applying advanced analytics to a dataset of 8,400 malware samples resulted in the attribution of over 500 domains supporting malware activity linked to roughly 100 unique actors or groups. The breadth and depth of this research has enabled a modern, comprehensive assessment focused on

2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR): Insights from Unit 42

The ninth annual edition of Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) has just been released, and Palo Alto Networks is proud to have contributed data and analysis to help make the report as comprehensive as possible. Palo Alto Networks is committed to sharing threat intelligence across the security industry, exposing the evolving nature of threats,

BackStab: Mobile Backup Data Under Attack from Malware

Today we are releasing a whitepaper describing how malicious actors are stealing private mobile device data by accessing local backup files stored on PC and Mac computers. We have identified 704 samples of six Trojan, adware and HackTool families for Windows® or Mac® OS X® systems that used this technique to steal data from iOS

Understanding Global Application Usage and Threats to Enterprises

“A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.” – Japanese proverb Is prevention of cyber attacks impossible? Is trying to prevent attacks a waste of time? Should we spend all our time focused on incident response? These are constant questions in cybersecurity, and while the truth is that we can’t prevent

2015 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR): Insights from Unit 42

The 2015 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) represents the first time Palo Alto Networks has contributed data to this important publication, and we are proud to be part of an intelligence-sharing ecosystem that, in the end, raises the collective bar for everyone in the industry. While reviewing the findings, a few key points stood

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Unit 42 is the Palo Alto Networks threat intelligence team. Made up of accomplished cybersecurity researchers and industry experts, Unit 42 gathers, researches, analyzes, and provides insights into the latest cyber threats, then shares them with Palo Alto Networks customers, partners and the broader community to better protect enterprise, service provider, and government computing environments. You

CoolReaper Revealed: A Backdoor in Coolpad Android Devices

Coolpad is the sixth largest manufacturer of smartphones in the world, and the third largest in China. We recently discovered that the software installed on many of Coolpad’s high-end Android phones includes a backdoor which was installed and operated by Coolpad itself. Today we released a new report detailing the backdoor, which we’ve named “CoolReaper.”

How Malware Trends Affect Key Industries, From Healthcare to High Tech

Today we released our first Threat Landscape Review, which takes a high-level view of how malware is delivered to networks across major industries around the world. The data used for this report was derived from Palo Alto Networks WildFire™, which automatically identifies threats from malware over a wide array of applications by executing them in

WireLurker: A New Era in OS X and iOS Malware

Today we published a new research paper on WireLurker, a family of malware targeting both Mac OS and iOS systems for the past six months. We believe that this malware family heralds a new era in malware attacking Apple’s desktop and mobile platforms based on the following characteristics: Of known malware families distributed through trojanized

Palo Alto Networks Provides a New Breed of Intelligence to Detect and Prevent

Back in June, Microsoft patched 59 Internet Explorer vulnerabilities and Palo Alto Networks discovered 21 of them, all rated critical. Then in July, we released findings about evolved Nigerian 419 scammers from Unit 42, the new Palo Alto Networks threat intelligence team. The way we perform cybersecurity research is opening the door to a new

Meet the Unit 42 Team at Black Hat 2014

Black Hat USA 2014 kicks off next week, and along with our product and solution experts, you’ll meet team leads from Unit 42, the Palo Alto Networks threat intelligence team. Last week we celebrated the official launch of Unit 42, along with the release of 419 Evolution, a new report examining the evolution of Nigerian

Unit 42: A New Era In Threat Intelligence

Today we would like to officially introduce our new threat intelligence team, Unit 42, and announce the release of our first research paper, 419 Evolution. Unit 42 uses data collected from the Palo Alto Networks security platform to provide context into an attacker’s motivations and methods. Using our Critical Intelligence Requirements developed by our leadership, we

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