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  • Landmark terror finance resolution adopted by Security Council

    March 28, 2019

    Speaking via video-link from Rome, where he has been meeting specialist Italian law enforcement officials to discuss building closer ties to tackle the problem; The UN’s counter-terrorism chief, Vladimir Voronkov, said that the adoption comes at a “critical time,” with recent attacks demonstrating that terror groups continue to have access to both legal and illegal ...

  • Elfin: Relentless Espionage Group Targets Multiple Organizations in Saudi Arabia and U.S.

    March 27, 2019

    Although heavily focused on the Middle East, Elfin (aka APT33) has also targeted a range of organizations in the U.S. including a number of major corporations. The Elfin espionage group (aka APT33) has remained highly active over the past three years, attacking at least 50 organizations in Saudi Arabia, the United States, and a range of ...

  • Grindr Poses National Security Risk, U.S. Gov Says

    March 27, 2019

    The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has named the ownership of popular gay dating app Grindr a national security risk, according to a report. Grindr describes itself as “the world’s largest social networking app for gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.” As of 2018, it said that Grindr app reaches 196 countries ...

  • Ransomware Behind Norsk Hydro Attack Takes On Wiper-Like Capabilities

    March 27, 2019

    Researchers are still looking for answers when it comes to LockerGoga’s initial infection method – and what the attackers behind the ransomware really want. LockerGoga, the malware that took down Norsk Hydro last week, has taken the industrial world by storm, as researchers race to uncover more about the mysterious ransomware that crippled several of the ...

  • The latest dark web cyber-criminal trend: Selling children’s personal data

    March 27, 2019

    Imagine you’re a teenager, applying for credit to buy your first car or maybe a loan to go to university. You don’t remember taking out a credit card when you were six years old, but the bank is adamant, and now you have a poor credit rating and in their eyes, you’re persona non grata. ...

  • Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation Systems in H2 2018

    March 27, 2019

    All statistical data used in this report was collected using the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), a distributed antivirus network. The data was received from those KSN users who gave their consent to have data anonymously transferred from their computers. We do not identify the specific companies/organizations sending statistics to KSN, due to the product limitations and regulatory ...

  • Malware Payloads Hide in Images: Steganography Gets a Reboot

    March 25, 2019

    Low-key but effective, steganography is an old-school trick of hiding code within a normal-looking image, where many cybersecurity pros may not think to look. One of the challenges of cybersecurity is that overfocusing on one threat trend means that another one can sneak up on you. This is especially problematic as our networks and the attack ...

  • UK: Police Federation Confirms Ransomware Breach

    March 22, 2019

    The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has confirmed that it has suffered a ransomware attack, but has said that it was not specifically targetted and was likely to have been impacted as part of a wider campaign. The ransomware attack has apparently only impacted computers at its headquarters in Surrey, and the PFEW said ...

  • Medtronic’s Implantable Defibrillators Vulnerable to Life-Threatening Hacks

    March 22, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Thursday issued an advisory warning people of severe vulnerabilities in over a dozen heart defibrillators that could allow attackers to fully hijack them remotely, potentially putting lives of millions of patients at risk. Cardioverter Defibrillator is a small surgically implanted device (in patients’ chests) that gives a patient’s heart an ...

  • Facebook Stored Millions Of Passwords In Plaintext – Change Yours Now

    March 21, 2019

    By now, it’s difficult to summarize all of Facebook’s privacy, misuse, and security missteps in one neat description. It just got even harder: On Thursday, following a report by Krebs on Security, Facebook acknowledged a bug in its password management systems that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords for Facebook, Facebook Lite, and Instagram to be stored as plaintext ...

  • OceanLotus adopts public exploit code to abuse Microsoft Office software

    March 21, 2019

    The OceanLotus hacking group is back with a new campaign in 2019 complete with new exploits, decoys, and self-extracting malicious archives. Also known as APT32, SeaLotus, APT-C-00, and Cobalt Kitty, OceanLotus is a hacking group which operates across Asia and focuses on gathering valuable intel on corporate, government, and political entities across Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos, ...

  • Cisco Patches High-Severity Flaws in IP Phones

    March 21, 2019

    The most serious vulnerabilities in Cisco’s 8800 Series IP Phones could allow unauthenticated, remote attackers to conduct a cross-site request forgery attack or write arbitrary files to the filesystem. Cisco Systems is urging customers to update several models of their IP phones after issuing patches for five high-severity flaws found in its popular business-focused IP phones. Impacted ...

  • Global threat group Fin7 returns with new SQLRat malware

    March 20, 2019

    The notoriously well-known threat group Fin7, also known as Carbanak, is back with a new set of administrator tools and never-before-seen forms of malware. Fin7 has been active since at least 2015 and since the group’s inception has been connected to attacks against hundreds of companies worldwide. Over 100 companies have been impacted in the United States ...

  • Aluminium Maker Hydro Goes Old School After Ransomware Attack

    March 20, 2019

    A large Norwegian manufacturing firm has had to close its website and IT operations and go old school by resorting to manual processes for its factories. It comes after a devastating ransomware attack crippled Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest producers of aluminium. As of Wednesday afternoon, its website was still offline, and the firm has ...

  • German States Approve Criminal Law Targeting Dark Web Infrastructure

    March 18, 2019

    Germany’s federal states have voted in favour of a measure to extend criminal sanctions against those providing infrastructure to so-called “dark web” sites used for illegal purposes, such as selling firearms, drugs or illegal content. The measure, which critics have called overly broad, is the latest sign of a crackdown in Europe and elsewhere on the internet’s perceived ...

  • London’s top attractions besieged by more than 100 million cyber attacks

    March 18, 2019

    Kew Gardens, National History Museum, Tate Gallery and Imperial War Museum have been hammered by a total of 109 million cyber attacks over the last few years according to Parliament Street. The research firm issued a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the four leading tourist attractions in London to uncover just how secure their IT ...

  • Is it still a good idea to publish proof-of-concept code for zero-days?

    March 18, 2019

    More often than not, the publication of proof-of-concept (PoC) code for a security flaw, especially a zero-day, has led to the quick adoption of a vulnerability by threat actors who usually start attacks within hours or days, and don’t give end-users enough time to patch impacted systems. There has been a debate about this issue, especially ...

  • Mirai Variant Goes After Enterprise Systems

    March 18, 2019

    The newest Mirai variant is targeting WePresent WiPG-1000 Wireless Presentation systems and LG Supersign TVs used by enterprises. Researchers have discovered a new variant of the infamous Mirai IoT botnet, which has been sniffing out and targeting vulnerabilities in enterprise wireless presentation and display systems since January. Palo Alto Network’s Unit 42 researchers said that the newest ...

  • Round 4: Hacker returns and puts 26Mil user records for sale on the Dark Web

    March 17, 2019

    A hacker who has previously put up for sale over 840 million user records in the past month, has returned with a fourth round of hacked data that he’s selling on a dark web marketplace. This time, the hacker has put up for sale the data of six companies, totaling 26.42 million user records, for which ...

  • UK cyber-security efforts criticised by audit office

    March 15, 2019

    The government has been told there are “failings” in the way it is planning to protect the UK’s critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks. The warning came in a National Audit Office (NAO) assessment of the UK’s national cyber-defence plan. The government is increasingly worried that these essential sectors will be targeted by foreign states seeking to disrupt UK ...