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Limor Kessem

Executive Security Advisor, IBM

Limor Kessem is one of the top cyber intelligence experts at IBM Security. She is a seasoned security advocate, public speaker, and a regular blogger on the cutting-edge IBM Security Intelligence blog. Limor comes to IBM from organizations like RSA Security, where she spent 5 years as part of the RSA research labs and drove the FraudAction blog on RSA's Speaking of Security. She also served as the Marketing Director of Big Data analytics startup ThetaRay, where she created the company's cybersecurity thought leadership. Limor is considered an authority on emerging cybercrime threats. She participated as a highly appreciated speaker on live InfraGard New York webcasts (an FBI collaboration), spoke in RSA events worldwide, conducts live webinars on all things fraud and cybercrime, and writes a large variety of threat intelligence  publications. With her unique position at the intersection of multiple research teams at IBM, and her fingers on the pulse of current day threats, Limor covers the full spectrum of trends affecting consumers, corporations, and the industry as a whole. On the social side, Limor tweets security items as @iCyberFighter and is an avid Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter.

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Mobile Malware GM Bot v2 Released, Price Triples

The Android malware known as GM Bot has been updated, and this newest version comes packed with exploits ready to deploy on mobile devices.

Android Malware About to Get Worse: GM Bot Source Code Leaked

Android malware may become more widespread after one malicious buyer leaked the source code details of GM Bot on underground Web forums.

Dark Web Suppliers and Organized Cybercrime Gigs

Suppliers offering cybercrime-as-a-service on the Dark Web are helping organized groups achieve more effective bank fraud schemes.

Dyre Straits: Group Behind the Dyre Trojan Busted in Moscow?

Early reports indicate that the cybercrime gang behind the Dyre banking Trojan has been busted in Moscow by Russian authorities.

Organized Cybercrime Big in Japan: URLZone Now on the Scene

IBM X-Force researchers have discovered a third cybercrime group using the URLZone malware to target banks and their unsuspecting customers in Japan.

Dridex Launches Dyre-Like Attacks in UK, Intensifies Focus on Business Accounts

IBM X-Force researchers have been following new developments in the Dridex Trojan's attack methodologies and share intelligence in this alert.

2016 Cybercrime Reloaded: Our Predictions for the Year Ahead

2015 was a big year for cybercrime, but 2016 may see even more advanced threats, sophisticated schemes and damaging data breaches.

Konnichiwa, Rovnix! Aggressive Malware Hits Japanese Banks

The Rovnix banking Trojan is now attacking 14 major financial institutions in Japan with its highly sophisticated and targeted malware.

Mitigating Malware in a Modern, Mobile World

Mitigating malware is possible for smartphone and PC users who follow a few simple computing hygiene tips and security best practices.

I’m Yelling Tinba! Trojan Sets Sights on Singapore Banks for Holiday Season

The Tinba Trojan was recently spotted targeting major banks in Singapore, continuing its trend of attacking new locations across the globe.

Co-Written By Limor Kessem

Brazilian Malware Client Maximus: Maximizing the Mayhem

A new, upgraded version of remote access malware Client Maximus points to the growing sophistication of cybercriminals in Brazil.

QakBot Banking Trojan Causes Massive Active Directory Lockouts

IBM X-Force attributed a recent wave of malware-induced Active Directory (AD) lockouts across several IR engagements to the operators of the QakBot Trojan.

Relying on Data to Mitigate the Risk of WordPress Website Hijacking

To protect their WordPress sites from scammers, administrators must proactively patch and monitor their installations to weed out unwanted content.

Brazilian Malware Never Sleeps: Meet EmbusteBot

IBM Research — Haifa Labs detected yet another malware campaign, dubbed EmbusteBot, designed to target dozens of financial institutions in Brazil.

GootKit Developers Dress It Up With Web Traffic Proxy

X-Force researchers revealed the cybergang behind Gootkit had upgraded the banking Trojan with new network interception and certificate bypass methods.

The Full Shamoon: How the Devastating Malware Was Inserted Into Networks

X-Force IRIS researchers found that the Shamoon malware operators relied on weaponized documents that leveraged PowerShell to infiltrate targeted networks.

Anatomy of an hVNC Attack

Cybercriminals who rely on remote control tactics to commit financial fraud may use hidden virtual network computing (hVNC) modules to cover their tracks.

Client Maximus: New Remote Overlay Malware Highlights Rising Malcode Sophistication in Brazil

IBM X-Force researchers discovered a new malware called Client Maximus that contains advanced code written specifically to attack banks in Brazil.

Two Heads Are Better Than One: Going Under the Hood to Analyze GozNym

IBM X-Force researchers recognized that the GozNym banking malware leverages features from two types of malware to make it double the threat.

Gozi Banking Trojan Upgrades Build to Inject Into Windows 10 Edge Browser

The developers of the Gozi banking Trojan have built some improvements into the malware that now allow it to attack Windows 10 operating systems.

Dyre Summer Renovation: Randomized Config File Names Keep Antivirus Engines Guessing

Developers of the Dyre malware are keeping a close eye on security, making several changes to the file configuration to avoid detection.

Tsukuba: Banking Trojan Phishing in Japanese Waters

IBM Security Trusteer researchers recently discovered a new financial malware dubbed Tsukuba, which targets Japanese online banking users.