Author Archives: Rick Holland

Fluctuation in the Exploit Kit Market – Temporary Blip or Long-Term Trend?

Exploit kit activity is waning. Collectively these malware distribution tools used to be a prominent method of infection. They rely on compromised websites, malicious adverts and social engineering to direct web traffic to their landing pages and attempt the exploitation of vulnerable software. Operated by various actors and groups, exploit kits possess different features, use various exploits and distribute different malware to victims. Since June 2016 at least four of the major players in this area ceased to be active. In this blog, I wanted to explore which exploit kits are still around and propose some plausible scenarios for the future of the exploit kit landscape. read more

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Petya-like wormable malware: The “Who” and the “Why”

By Rick Holland, VP Strategy at Digital Shadows read more

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WannaCry might be the tip of the iceberg

The attack on 200,000 plus computers across more than 120 countries around the world by the WannaCry ransomware certainly got the attention of governments, media, consumers and law enforcement. But the actual impact could have been so much worse. read more

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