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Michelle Alvarez

Threat Researcher and Editor, IBM Managed Security Services

Michelle Alvarez is a Threat Researcher and Editor for IBM's Managed Security Services; she brings more than 10 years of industry experience to her role. In this role she focuses communications efforts around threat research and mitigation. Michelle joined IBM through the Internet Security Services (ISS) acquisition, where she served as an Analyst on the X-Force Vulnerability Database Team.

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Cybercriminals Phish Their Way Into Customer Loyalty Programs

Loyalty programs can bring big rewards to customers, but they also may make organizations more appealing to cybercriminals looking to steal data.

Don’t Get Pantsed: Embrace a Culture of Cybersecurity With Greater Security Awareness

Every organization needs to evaluate their current cybersecurity culture and work to improve their employees' overall security awareness.

Blurred Lines: Researching the Ashley Madison Data

Ashley Madison's recent data dump provided security researchers with a treasure trove of information — but is looking into the breach completely legal?

DDoS Extortion: Ransomware’s Older Cousin

Though ransomware has been received a lot of press, extortion by threat of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is still very real — and dangerous.

Ransomware: The Enterprise’s Boogeyman

Ransomware is a growing problem in today's threat landscape, but organizations can prepare for and prevent this type of malware from becoming an issue.

IBM X-Force Research: Battling Security Threats From Within

Imagine a scenario: In a single day, a disgruntled employee downloads sensitive or confidential company documents, announces his or her resignation, and gives the inside scoop to a journalist friend. The revelations hit the headlines, and the...

Uptick in Wire Transfer Scam: I BEC Your Pardon?

A global wire transfer scam expertly targets businesses and their email accounts. How can your enterprise protect against this type of fraudulent event?

Got Linux? BillGates Botnet Activity on the Rise

While it may be just one form of malware currently plaguing Linux systems, the BillGates botnet has recently increased its activity.

Study: Basic Needs Critical Infrastructure Sectors Account for 8 Percent of All Incidents in 2014

According to a recently released IBM study, the basic needs critical infrastructure sectors accounted for 8 percent of all security incidents in 2014.

Pressing Your Luck With WordPress? A Look at CMS Security Risks

A new paper from IBM discusses the security of content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress and how attackers are targeting them.

Co-Written By Michelle Alvarez

Mirai IoT Botnet: Mining for Bitcoins?

Just in time for IoT Day, the Mirai botnet is launching attacks with a new trick up its sleeve: a built-in bitcoin mining component.