Palo Alto Networks News of the Week – August 8

Aug 08, 2014
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Here’s a roundup of this week’s top Palo Alto Networks news.



From a well-attended session on our advanced endpoint protection to the buzz at the booth for Unit 42, there was plenty to take in at this year’s Black Hat USA. Here’s a look back.

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Ryan Olson, Unit 42 Intelligence Director, was on the show floor at Black Hat to talk about Unit 42, the team’s 419 Evolution report, and how our threat intelligence process works.



In this Customer Spotlight, find out how Melbourne and Olympics Parks, one of the largest and most diverse multi-purpose sporting, entertainment, conference, and community precincts in Australia, stays secure with Palo Alto Networks.

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Unit 42’s recently released report is on the evolution of “Silver Spaniel” 419 scammers.  Of particular note is how these actors use a Remote Administration Tool (RAT) named NetWire. To better understand this RAT, our team reverse engineered the communication protocol that NetWire uses and we have released a tool that decrypts NetWire traffic and outputs any commands issued by the attacker. Specifics detailed here, and be sure to download the report, 419 Evolution.

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Source: Privacy Canada


Recent events with Backoff Point of Sale malware & a new variant of Citadel continue to highlight the abuse of remote access applications in the enterprise. Check out more information from Unit 42 researchers.

Did you know that Palo Alto Networks provides a new breed of intelligence to detect and prevent threats? Find out how.

We're excited to announce NextWave partner program enhancements that will encourage our partners to go broader and deeper with Palo Alto Networks enterprise security platform technology.

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Watch Brian Tokuyoshi, senior solutions analyst and expert in mobility and wireless network security, map out how to safely enable mobile devices for business use — and how you can get started with Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect.

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Here are upcoming events around the world that you should know about:

Palo Alto Networks: Live Demo

  • When: August 13, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PST
  • Where: Online

Take the Ultimate Test Drive

  • When: August 13, 2014 from 7:30 AM - 1:30 PM EST
  • Where: Richmond, VA

Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security - Ultimate Test Drive

  • When: August 14, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EST
  • Where: Wayne, PA

Tech on Tap Event

  • When: August 14, 2014 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
  • Where: Ashland, VA

Palo Alto Networks: Live Demo

  • When: August 20, 2014 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PST
  • Where: Online

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