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Imperva Research Labs Uncovers Global Rise in Security Incidents in August 2020 Cyber Threat Report

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Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada hit by the largest increase in incidents as data leakage attacks are also on the rise

Imperva, Inc., the cybersecurity leader championing the fight to secure data and applications wherever they reside, published its August 2020 Cyber Threat Index Report. The report showed most countries saw an increase in the number of security incidents in August. Simultaneously, the number of data leakage attack attempts also grew, targeting Apache servers, Git repositories, and databases.

The monthly report also revealed the overall Cyber Threat Index score rose for the second month in a row, gambling sites are facing larger DDoS attacks, and the number of high-risk vulnerabilities is growing.

Key findings between August 1 and August 30, 2020 include:

  • Globally, the number of security incidents increased during August. Most countries experienced more security incidents in August than June and July. The largest increases in incidents were in Australia (+19%), the United Kingdom (+15%), and Canada (+13%). The only exception to this global trend was Russia, which saw the volume of incidents reduce by 6%.
  • Data leakage attack attempts are on the rise. The number of data leakage incident attempts grew by 30% in August, targeting Apache servers, Git repositories, and databases. The most targeted industry for these attacks was Financial Services, which experienced a 55% growth in data leakage attack attempts since May.
  • Overall Cyber Threat Index score rose for the second month in a row. The CTI score went up by six points both in both July and in August, reaching a score of 798, due to the increase in revealed high-risk vulnerabilities and a 5% increase in security incidents. Counterintuitively, the volume of blocked malicious requests dropped, indicating more targeted tactics and fewer randomized “spray-and-pray” attacks.
  • The size of application DDoS attacks against gambling sites is increasing. DDoS attacks against gambling sites grew larger in size over the past few months. Imperva Research Labs measured a 281K requests per second (RPS) attack in August and a 250K RPS attack in July—larger attacks in comparison to the months prior.
  • The number of high-risk remote code evaluation (RCE) and remote file inclusion (RFI) vulnerabilities is growing. Continuing a trend Imperva Research Labs has observed over the past eight months, the number of published vulnerabilities continues to increase. More than 250 vulnerabilities published in August—half of which were published with an exploit, and 5% of them are considered “high risk.”
  • Travel industry traffic volume drops to a third of August 2019 levels. From November 2019 to April 2020, traffic decreased every month as the COVID-19 pandemic spread, becoming a global crisis. Although travel site traffic kicked off an upward trajectory in May 2020, it remains far below its pre-COVID 19 level. In addition, the number of security incidents in travel websites also decreased by 40% when compared to this time last year.

The Cyber Threat Index is a monthly measurement and analysis of the global cyber threat landscape across data and applications based on data gathered from Imperva sensors all over the world—including over 25 petabytes of network traffic passing through the Imperva CDN per month. With over one trillion total requests analyzed and 21 billion application attacks blocked, it offers an unrivaled comprehensive look at application security and provides an easy-to-understand score to consistently track cyber threat levels and observe trends over time. Viewers can dive deeper into the score and drill down for individual industries and countries, and also view historic Index scores.

The August 2020 Cyber Threat Index is available at https://www.imperva.com/cyber-threat-index/.

“Countries around the world are dealing with a similar problem in terms of increased security incidents. This is also exemplified by the increase in specific threats such as data leakage attacks, and vulnerabilities like RCE and RFI,” said Nadav Avital, head of security research at Imperva. “Furthermore, even though the volume of blocked malicious requests dropped, organizations must not lose focus, or assume they are safer because volume is down. Additionally, to address data leaks they must ensure assets are properly configured, to only allow necessary access to their systems.”

The Cyber Threat Index was created by Imperva Research Labs, a premier research organization for security analysis, vulnerability discovery, and compliance expertise. The organization provides round-the-clock research into the latest security vulnerabilities and is comprised of some of the world’s leading experts in data and application security.

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SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator Starts Partnership With Abocasino

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The SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator grows its client portfolio by starting a partnership with Abocasino. This collaboration will allow the online casino to enhance player engagement and gain deeper insights into their player community by launching jackpot campaigns.

Abocasino is an online casino rapidly gaining popularity. It is registered and operated under the laws of Curacao. Abocasino has an extended loyalty program for VIP players, a comprehensive portfolio of games, as well as live casino titles.

For a new partner, the Jackpot Aggregator has launched a jackpot promotion named ‘Call of jungle’. It is a progressive jackpot campaign with three independent levels: Mini, Middle, and Mega. Lastly, an online casino will award a prize ranging from 50,000 to 100,000 EUR.

This jackpot campaign not only increases player activity but attracts and retains new users. It will give Abocasino a deeper understanding of its audience’s playing behaviour and interest, and will facilitate the development of a promotional campaign that piques the interest of several player segments.

Aliaksei Douhin, Head of SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator, commented: “Both the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator and the client side have done a high-quality job of launching the jackpot campaign, particularly on the design of the ‘Call of jungle’ jackpot. Abocasino has dedicated solid attention to all the details and we are confident that this will benefit the online casino. I am sure we have a long and productive collaboration ahead of us.”

“We are delighted to work with the SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator team. They confidently prove their professionalism and expertise, and always complete goals promptly. The jackpot campaign will be a new round of development for our casino,” noted Abocasino Team.

The SOFTSWISS Jackpot Aggregator lets its clients launch jackpot campaigns with different prize tiers. The tool helps online casinos to set up new jackpot promotion projects in line with their business goals. The first results of the Jackpot Aggregator campaigns showed that almost 70% of casino players make more daily wagers after participating in jackpot campaigns. 

 

About SOFTSWISS 

SOFTSWISS is an international iGaming company supplying certified software solutions for managing gambling operations. The expert team, which counts 1,400+ employees, is based in Malta, Poland, Georgia, and Belarus.  SOFTSWISS holds a number of gaming licences and provides one-stop-shop iGaming software solutions. The company has a vast product portfolio, including the Online Casino Platform, the Game Aggregator with thousands of casino games, the Affilka affiliate platform, the Sportsbook Platform and the Jackpot Aggregator. In 2013 SOFTSWISS was the first in the world to introduce a bitcoin-optimised online casino solution.

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BINGOTON: PADDY POWER PRESENTS A DRAMA…WITH BALLS

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Mischievous betting brand Paddy Power presents an eyebrow raising ‘drama with balls’ after teaming up with creative agency Octagon for their latest ad campaign. 

“Bingoton” was formally rolled out in a fashion befitting the brand’s proverbial bingo debutante today (23rd September).  

Written and art directed by Jonny Watson, Dan Harrison and Neil Richardson of Octagon UK, and directed by Jim Gilchrist of Outsider, the 30-second TVC will get its first showing on ITV this evening during Coronation Street.  

The commercial takes viewers back to the early 19th century, with Miss Bingoton and her lady-in-waiting assessing a selection of ‘gentlemen callers’, cleverly creating a humorous parallel with the perils of modern-day dating.  

According to Josh Green, Executive Director at Octagon, this was the ideal comical conduit to convey the Paddy Power Bingoproposition:  

“In the simplest terms, bingo is drama with balls. That’s how the idea of Bingoton was born.” 

Tom Muldowney, Head of Gaming Marketing with Paddy Power adds:   

“We wanted to make a ballsy ad and Miss Bingoton felt like the perfect leading lady to convey our ‘more chances’ message. That’s with the exception of the Suitor who sent her (Charles) Dickens pix. He remains on the cutting room floor.”    

The advert opens with stunning views of high society types gathering at the palatial grounds of Bingoton Manor. Centre stage is Miss Bingoton, who is joined by her lady-in-waiting and Master of Ceremonies, all of whom eagerly anticipate a parade of potential suitors for her viewing pleasure.   

Suitor Number 10 gets the (bingo) balls rolling. But he’s quickly dismissed by Miss Bingoton who instructs her footmen to “swipe left” on her behalf.   

  Suitor Number 3 is quickly dispatched in an equally decisive manner, having been judged by Miss B to be “catfishing again” after she takes in his dated and unrecognizable profile painting.  

Trying his luck next is Suitor Number 66, a handsome gentleman from Essex who only has eyes for his own reflection.   

“The only way is EXIT,” she giggles under her breath to her lady-in-waiting.  

Paddy Power’s latest campaign comes with all the easter eggs punters have come to expect from the mischievous brand, who manages to marry drama (and balls) to make it a perfect match.   

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Turbo Mode in the Game ‘Mines’ is On – Fasten the Seat Belts

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Classics are eternal, but classics with new improvements are captivating. One of the first
Turbo games has undergone visual and functional changes and has transformed into one
more game Turbo Mines.

The Head of Product at Turbo Games says:

“Visually, this is the successor to the super hit of our classic Mines. We are a young
progressive team that improves our product regularly, but not just observes what works
well. There is no limit to perfection, especially when you can change quickly and
qualitatively to open an even wider potential of Turbo hit.”

What does it mean for the players?

The rules remain the same as in Mines, but some additional features modify the perception
of the interface and the game pace.

Firstly, it is possible to change the game field size: to 3*3, 5*5, 7*7, and 9*9. Such
modification gives a player a chance to work on their strategy and choose the risk rate. So
to say, every round can be absolutely different from all points of view.

Secondly, those players who enjoy speed can experience it in Turbo Mines too. Such a
function enables a player to choose the same pattern for opening the blocks for many
rounds in a row. If a player sticks to the strategy that they believe in, they will win for sure
because dripping water wears away a stone not with its strength but with its constancy.
But there is no need to wait, do it in Turbo mode with Turbo Mines.

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