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              October 2016 Threat Intelligence Executive Summary Report

              Review the IT security news, events and information from last month

              Threat Intelligence provides the power to protect your organization against emerging cybersecurity 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 — October 2016 discusses the following events and trends that were significant in September 2016

              • SEVERE VULNERABILITIES EXPOSED - Researchers disclosed several vulnerabilities in Apple, Cisco, and Microsoft products.
              • MALWARE MODIFIED - Malware authors experimented with changes to the Bugat v5 (Dridex) trojan, Cerber and Locky ransomware, and RIG exploit kit to increase their success.
              • SOURCE CODE RELEASED - After the Mirai botnet unleashed a record-breaking distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, the malware developers released Mirai's source code.
              • BREACH PROMPTED REACTIONS - A threat group stole data from Yahoo users, leading to government investigations, acquisition delays, and allegations of a culture that values convenience over security.
              • SECURITY INITIATIVES ANNOUNCED - The United Kingdom (UK) and Russia announced initiatives to strengthen IT security and encourage security innovation.

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