Author: Christiaan Beek

Christiaan Beek Christiaan Beek manages threat intelligence research within Intel Security’s Office of the CTO. He leads research in advanced attacks and assists in cyberattack take-down operations. In previous roles, Beek was Director of Threat Intelligence in McAfee Labs and Director of Incident Response and Forensics at Foundstone, Intel Security’s forensic services arm. At Foundstone, he led a team of forensic specialists in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Beek develops threat intelligence strategy, designs threat intelligence systems, performs malware and forensic analysis, and coaches security teams around the globe. He is a passionate cybercrime specialist who has developed training courses, workshops, and presentations. He speaks regularly at conferences, including BlackHat and BlueHat. Beek contributed to the best-selling security book "Hacking Exposed." Twitter: @ChristiaanBeek

Intel Security and Kaspersky Lab, partners in the project NoMoreRansom, are pleased to announce today the availability of a decryption tool for victims of the Wildfire variant of ransomware. This tool is available following successful collaboration with the Dutch police and the European Cybercrime Centre. This strong public-private partnership has led to the seizure of […]

In recent months, we’ve seen headlines about the compromise of a bank in Bangladesh from which cybercriminals attempted to steal US$951 million. The malware they used was able to manipulate and read unique messages from SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), as well as adjust balances and send details to a remote control server. […]

Sometimes the impact of an attack can extend well beyond the attack itself. Intel Security’s five-year threats projection report predicted that ransomware would become a major growth area, given higher ransom “returns” achievable from organizations suffering the potential loss from paralyzed organizational systems. By Q1 of 2016, these predictions have already come true. From February […]

This post was written by Christiaan Beek and Andrew Furtak. In 2015, Intel Security investigated a ransomware campaign that targeted the financial sector of a certain country. This was the first time we had observed ransomware targeting a particular sector. The infection vector in that case involved a phishing campaign directed at multiple financial institutions. […]

When we develop threats predictions at Intel Security, I personally like to conduct some proper research and base my statements on indicators of what we have seen in the field and what we believe will increase in the next six to 12 months. In the McAfee Labs 2016 Threats Predictions, we stated that ransomware would […]