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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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    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.

    The Deep Web: What’s Lurking in the Underbelly of the Internet?

    Organizations should be aware of how the Deep Web works in order to make sure employees aren't accessing it and sensitive information isn't on it.

    Vulnerabilities Detected in Employee-Installed Dating Applications

    Mobile Dating Apps Can Place Confidential Information at Risk As more people utilize mobile dating applications to find companionship, the apps have become increasingly attractive to potential attackers. This study explores mobile security...

    Co-Written By Michelle Alvarez

    Cybersecurity Tips to Help Retailers and Consumers Stay Secure During the Holiday Season

    Consumers and retailers should implement these basic cybersecurity tips year-round to stay secure during the busy holiday shopping season.

    Downward Trend in Publicly Available Exploit Code? Don’t Ease Up on Patch Management Just Yet

    IBM X-Force reported a downward trend in publicly available exploit code, but security teams must still prioritize vulnerability and patch management.

    Apache Struts 2: A Zero-Day Quick Draw

    It took fraudsters less than 24 hours after the disclosure of a previously unknown Apache Struts 2 vulnerability to develop a Python script to exploit it.

    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.