Fighting Cybercrime with DNS

By Craig Sprosts, Vice President of Product Management

Posted on March 2, 2017 in: Security

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I recently sat down with Steve Saunders of Light Reading to talk about the role DNS plays in understanding and fighting emerging cyberthreats. In the interview, we went through the highlights of Nominum’s recent Data Science report, in which our Data Science team studied more than 15 trillion queries over a three-month period and reported on the world of cybersecurity through the lens of DNS, uncovering trends in phishing attacks, DDoS, the Mirai botnet, Locky ransomware, IoT-based threats and more. Read more

Canadian Internet Registry Authority Protects Business and Public Sector Users with Nominum

By Arlen Frew, GM, security and applications

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Posted on February 15, 2017 in: Security

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With cyberthreats increasing in size and scope, businesses are scrambling to find new ways to protect their financial and human capital assets. Many enterprise solutions offer endpoint protection and network security, but the SMB sector doesn’t have the budget to deploy enterprise security solutions and typically lacks the in-house expertise to keep their networks and users adequately protected. In particular, as employees bring mobile devices onto corporate networks, and with new attack variants being introduced almost daily, small and mid-sized businesses have no way of keeping up. This is where communications service providers (CSPs) can step in to provide a broad layer of protection, visibility, and control from within their own networks.

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Protecting against Mirai with DNS Security

By Yuriy Yuzifovich, Head of Data Science & Security Research at Nominum

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Posted on December 21, 2016 in: Security

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One of the biggest cyberthreats making the rounds on the internet is the Mirai botnet. Mirai targets connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, using each infected device to launch DDoS attacks and cause website outages around the globe by flooding them with queries. Examples of recent Mirai-generated web outages are the Dyn attack which took down or significantly slowed sites like Airbnb, Twitter, the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, Netflix and many other popular domains in late October of this year, as well as the attack that temporarily took down security expert Brian Krebs’ KrebsOnSecurity website in September.

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How Nominum Data Science Thwarts Cybercrime Through Industry-Leading DNS Data Analysis

By Yohai Einav, Nominum Data Science

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Posted on December 6, 2016 in: Security

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Nominum’s inaugural security report published by its Data Science team, Data Revelations: Fall 2016, includes an analysis of some of the largest threats that are impacting organizations and individuals, including ransomware, DDoS, mobile malware, IoT-based attacks and more. Since DNS is the launch point for over 90% of cyberattacks, it offers a great vantage point from which to examine, understand, thwart and proactively prevent threats1. With industry-leading research experience, and by applying machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, neural networks and more, Nominum Data Science is able to locate, analyze, prevent and predict some of the most sophisticated and dangerous cyberthreats ever to hit the internet.

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The Rise in DDoS and other Cyberattacks: Applying New Data Science Insights to Understand Today’s Emerging Threats

By Yuriy Yuzifovich, Head of Data Science and Security

Posted on November 3, 2016 in: General, Security

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Nominum Data Science just released a new Data Science and Security report that investigates the largest threats affecting organizations and individuals, including ransomware, DDoS, mobile device malware, IoT-based attacks and more. Below is an excerpt.

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What CSPs Can Learn from the Latest DDoS Attacks

By Craig Sprosts, Vice President, Product Management & Strategy

Posted on October 24, 2016 in: General, Security

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On Friday, October 21, 2016, there was a major distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that took down major U.S. company websites, including Twitter, Paypal, The New York Times, Box, Netflix and more. The attack targeted managed DNS provider Dyn Inc., which hosts the authoritative DNS for these popular domains. The attack originated from a large number of compromised IoT devices, including internet-connected cameras, routers and digital video recorders.

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Examining the Long-Tail of DNS Queries: A Hotbed of Cybercriminal Activity

By Yuriy Yuzifovich, Head of Data Science and Security

Posted on October 11, 2016 in: General, Security

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Data scientists put in a tireless amount of work tracking cybercriminals—from specific individuals to entire organizations—looking at their behavior and the methods through which they attempt to compromise data. Because DNS is a ubiquitous protocol that’s used for most internet interactions, it also provides fertile ground for cybercriminals to launch malware. Nominum Data Science examines massive volumes of DNS data—100 billion queries daily—to detect anomalies and uncover the patterns of malicious code authors before other security experts.

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Predicting Dynamic Malware Threats

By Bruce Van Nice

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Posted on June 20, 2016 in: General, Marketing, Network, Security

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We just released a new whitepaper outlining the upcoming types of cyberthreats and malicious activity affecting digital consumers, and how organizations and operators can address them. Below is an excerpt. To read the full report, click here to download.

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