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              September 2016 Threat Intelligence Executive Summary Report

              Review cybersecurity events and information security trends from last month

              Threat Intelligence provides the power to protect your organization against emerging threats.

              SecureWorks® Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) security intelligence research team delivers this power by offering learnings and observations of the cyber threat landscape in a monthly Threat Intelligence Executive Summary.

              In this report you will learn the latest security trends from the previous month that were identified as significant by the CTU™ research team. The Executive Monthly report covers trends as they relate to vulnerabilities, malware, threat actors and methodologies, and law enforcement and government.

              SecureWorks Threat Intelligence Executive Summary — September 2016 discusses the following events and trends that were significant in August 2016:

              • Firewall Vulnerabilities Exposed - Security vendors scrambled to address multiple vulnerabilities in firewalls after threat actors dumped exploits.
              • RIG Popularity Increased - The RIG exploit kit was one of the most versatile and popular tools to compromise targeted systems with multiple malware families.
              • Ransomware Diversified - The Locky, Cerber, CryptXXX, and TorrentLocker ransomware families diversified their infrastructure to expand into new regions and increase monetization.
              • POS Systems Breached - An organized crime threat group allegedly breached multiple point-of-sale (POS) systems for financial fraud.
              • Threat Group Objectived Varied - Government-sponsored threat groups used extortion, cyberespionage, and disruption for intelligence gathering, financial gain, and intimidation.
              • Aggressive Policies Endorsed - Governments and law enforcement bodies endorsed aggressive policies to pursue suspected cybercriminals.

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