Author: Atif Mushtaq

Atif Mushtaq is founder and CEO of SlashNext, the company pioneering a new, more effective way of protecting companies from the growing problem of Web-based phishing. Prior to founding SlashNext, Atif spent nine years at FireEye as a senior scientist, where he was one of the main architects of FireEye’s core malware detection technology. He has spent most of his career on the front lines of the war against cybercrime. He has worked with law enforcement and other global organizations to take down some of the world’s biggest malware networks including Rustock, Srizbi, Pushdo and Grum botnets.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is upon us again, and it’s a great time to be reminded that the top cause of corporate data breaches is phishing. The very nature of phishing is to elicit an end-user response that makes it seem like the responsibility falls on employees. After all, they are ultimately the ones being tricked into clicking on bad web ads or filling in credentials to a fake form. Hackers are smart. They would much rather avoid spending a significant amount of time and resources breaking into what could be a heavily secured network through brute force attacks and…

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It’s tax season once again, when scammers start working overtime to deceive unwitting taxpayers into giving away personal information or sending in money for phony tax preparation services, or even payments for state and federal taxes. Email security tools have become so effective in recent years that the hackers now seek new ways to target users through web browsers. Such browser-based phishing attacks take various forms including malicious advertising, browser extensions and pop-ups, imitation login pages or tech support scams. Don’t be fooled by these increasingly sophisticated phishing attacks launched by cybercriminals. The Internal Revenue Service has issued a notice…

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Cryptocurrencies are catching on with investors and traders based on their rapidly rising values, although digital currency markets remain quite volatile due to wide fluctuations in valuations, both up and down. However, such wild price swings are not the only risks for businesses. Bitcoin is the best known cryptocurrency, but there are many others including Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin. In June, Seoul-based Bithumb reported that almost $32 million worth of cyber cash had been stolen from its cryptocurrency platform overnight after an employee’s PC had been hacked. All cryptocurrencies involve decentralized systems of exchange that rely on advanced cryptography for…

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