Back in 2017, a startup presented a revolutionary product to the world, one that would allegedly change the way people breathe. Treepex, a portable device that cleans the air as you breathe sparked many conversations, causing it to become viral. Thousands of people viewed the product video. And the startup founders, Bacho Khachidze and Lasha Kvantaliani, even appeared in interviews from big news sites, including the Associated Press (AP) and The Huffington Post.
Over the past five years, cyber attackers have been ramping up campaigns targeting the Domain Name System (DNS) as a primary attack vector. The reason? The DNS is a critical part of any organization’s operations because it is responsible for properly resolving domain names to IP addresses. In a nutshell, it directs visitors or even potential customers to the right websites.
However, despite the crucial role that DNS servers play, businesses have yet to recognize the need to secure them. Why is that? Let’s take a closer look to answer this question, starting with why DNS attacks are typically successful.
Business email compromise (BEC), also known as CEO fraud, whaling, email account compromise (EAC), or invoice fraud, is a tried-and-tested attack method. Since 2013, BEC scams have been responsible for close to $12 billion in company losses. And this figure continues to rise, as, in 2018 alone, the said scams cost victims $1.3 billion.
In this post, we will look more closely at two cases of invoice fraud that caused Facebook and Google to almost lose a total of $123 million just this year. We will also demonstrate how our Domain Research Suite (DRS) can help companies prevent their employees from falling for such attacks.
Both the burgeoning use of the Internet and the growing incidence of cybercrime call for insightful information on IP addresses that may be involved in malicious activities. As part of its mandate to maintain Web integrity, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) coordinates the global assignment of IP addresses and Autonomous System Numbers (ASNs).
IANA specifically works with the regional Internet registry (RIR) Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) to maintain a database of IP addresses for Europe, West Asia, and the former Soviet Union. And so, anyone who wishes to find more information about an IP address from this region must do a RIPE NCC IP lookup.
At a time when the world has become a vast global village thanks to technology, marketers are going in a different direction – local instead of global as they found location-based marketing effective in generating more business and converting buyer impulses into sales. A study revealed that 84% of organizations saw an increase in their location data-based marketing campaigns’ effectiveness.
The key to achieving the benefits of location-based marketing is accurate, high-quality location data, which IP Geolocation API can provide. The location data that the API returns include a particular IP address’s country code, region, city, postal code, latitude and longitude, Internet service provider (ISP), Autonomous System Number (ASN) type, time zone, and other associated domain names if any.
“There is no such thing as bad publicity.” We’ve all heard this common PR adage. While bad publicity may work wonders for pop stars, for business owners it is a serious liability. The disadvantages of bad publicity are numerous and include plummets in sales, decreased customer retention, difficulties in talent acquisition, as well as a bad brand image.
Thanks to the rise of social media, bad publicity is much easier to produce and make go viral. It no longer comes only from mass media – any bad review of your product or service could be considered bad publicity. Here’s how unchecked bad buzz can harm your business and a few tips on how to deal with it.
Despite the emergence of instant messaging platforms, email is still the king of digital communication, particularly in the professional and business world. The number of email users globally is expected to reach 4.3 billion by the end of 2023, which accounts for more than half of the world’s population. Also, the total number of emails sent and received every day is forecasted to rise to 347.3 billion by 2023.
Probably because of its vast userbase, email is also a common cyberattack vector. For instance, some 65% of cybercriminal groups use phishing as their primary infection vector, and almost 60% of IT professionals view phishing as a top security threat.
The Domain Name System (DNS) is commonly abused because successfully attacking it reaps great rewards for threat actors and cybercriminals. Domain hijacking, for instance, can allow attackers to siphon off personally identifiable information (PII) and confidential corporate data from compromised domains. And since not all security solutions and technologies monitor DNS packets, threat actors can exploit this to infiltrate target networks.
Not all is lost, however, as regularly checking your DNS records for anomalies is an excellent proactive security measure. A DNS history lookup resource such as DNS Database Download can provide you with actionable threat intelligence.