Check Point Research said it had flagged a flaw in WhatsApp’s image filter, and reported it to the instant messaging platform. The flaw could have been used by attackers to read sensitive information, but has now been fixed by WhatsApp. Titled CVE-2020-1910, it was an out-of-bounds read and write vulnerability in WhatsApp’s image filter, which caused the app to crash when a particular combination of filters had been applied.
Israel-based Check Point Software said that it has acquired Avanan, a US-Israel-based cloud email security business. Avanan. Founded in 2015, Avanan specializes in protecting email, which is where most cyber-attacks originate. With businesses moving to the cloud, the acquisition represents huge potential, said Dorit Dor, Check Point’s Chief Product Officer. With over 5000 customers, Avanan protects 2.5M email accounts.
Microsoft, during the April-June quarter, was the most imitated brand for phishing attacks. 45% of all phishing attacks were related to Microsoft, six percent point more than Q1. Following Microsoft were DHL with 26% and Amazon with 11%. Amazon Prime Day in Q2 saw 2,300+ domains registered in the name of Amazon. According to CheckPoint Research, hackers have been taking advantage of online shopping.
Mobile cyberattacks in India jumped 845% to 12,719 in March 2021 from 1,345 cases in Oct 2020, said Check Point Software Technologies in a report. The report revealed that ISPs in India, during the first phase of lockdown, had received cyberattack alerts from corporate clients almost every alternate day compared with an average of once a week before the lockdowns. The report said that 97% of firms across the globe faced mobile threats from several attack vectors.
Check Point Research in a new report said that the attempts by Cybercriminals to hack firms using unpatched Microsoft business email servers on-premises servers have multiplied 6X in the past 72 hrs. The US with 21% of all attempts tops the list of countries, followed by the Netherlands (12%) and Turkey (12 %). Govt/military (27 %) is the most targeted industry sector, followed by manufacturing (22 %) and then software vendors (9 %).
Check Point Software, a global cybersecurity solutions provider has appointed Manish Alshi, as head of channels and growth technologies for India. Alshi was previously the director of channels and alliances at VMware Software India. At CheckPoint, he will be responsible for supervising the company’s channel ecosystem in India and the SAARC region along with business growth for cloud, mobile and endpoint security.
Check Point said, monthly cyberattacks on hospitals and healthcare organisations rose by 37% in the last 12 months and therefore, was the most targeted industry in 2020. Cyberattacks targeting healthcare organisations increased by 45% globally in Nov and Dec of 2020. The most common cyber threats the sector faced was ransomware. Check Point added, nearly half of all ransomware incidents in Q3 2020, involved the threat of releasing data stolen from the target organisation.