Banking and Finance


  • Upgraded Prilex Point-of-Sale malware bypasses credit card security

    September 29, 2022

    Security analysts have observed three new versions of Prilex PoS-targeting malware this year, indicating that its authors and operators are back in action. Prilex started as ATM-focused malware in 2014 and it pivoted to PoS (point of sale) devices in 2016. While development and distribution peaked in 2020, the malware disappeared in 2021. Kaspersky analysts now report ...

  • Ukrainian hackers attacked the Mir payment system

    September 24, 2022

    Hackers staged a powerful and large-scale DDoS attack on the national payment system “Mir” against the backdrop of news about the possible refusal of a number of countries to work with it. How informs “Kommersant”, the goal is to overload the system so that malfunctions in the work of “Mir” begin. The publication refers to ...

  • Rewards plus: Fake mobile banking rewards apps lure users to install info-stealing RAT on Android devices

    September 21, 2022

    Microsoft analysis of a recent version of a previously reported info-stealing Android malware, delivered through an ongoing SMS campaign, demonstrates the continuous evolution of mobile threats. Masquerading as a banking rewards app, this new version has additional remote access trojan (RAT) capabilities, is more obfuscated, and is currently being used to target customers of Indian ...

  • FBI: Cyber Criminals Targeting Healthcare Payment Processors, Costing Victims Millions in Losses

    September 14, 2022

    The FBI has received multiple reports of cyber criminals increasingly targeting healthcare payment processors to redirect victim payments. In each of these reports, unknown cyber criminals used employees’ publicly-available Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and social engineering techniques to impersonate victims and obtain access to files, healthcare portals, payment information, and websites. In one case, the attacker ...

  • New Wave of Espionage Activity Targets Asian Governments

    September 13, 2022

    A distinct group of espionage attackers who were formerly associated with the ShadowPad remote access Trojan (RAT) has adopted a new, diverse toolset to mount an ongoing campaign against a range of government and state-owned organizations in a number of Asian countries. The attacks, which have been underway since at least early 2021, appear to ...

  • KeyBank: Hackers of third-party provider stole customer data

    September 3, 2022

    Hackers stole personal data including Social Security numbers, addresses and account numbers of home mortgage holders at KeyBank, the bank reports, in the breach of a third-party vendor that serves multiple corporate clients. The hackers obtained the information on July 5 after breaking into computers at the insurance services provider Overby-Seawell Company, according to a letter ...

  • Nelnet Servicing breach exposes data of 2.5M student loan accounts

    August 29, 2022

    Data for over 2.5 million individuals with student loans from Oklahoma Student Loan Authority (OSLA) and EdFinancial was exposed after hackers breached the systems of technology services provider Nelnet Servicing. Technology services from Nelnet Servicing, including a web portal, are used by OSLA and EdFinancial to give online access students taking out a loan access to ...

  • Grandoreiro banking malware targets manufacturers in Spain, Mexico

    August 19, 2022

    The notorious ‘Grandoreiro’ banking trojan was spotted in recent attacks targeting employees of a chemicals manufacturer in Spain and workers of automotive and machinery makers in Mexico. The malware has been active in the wild since at least 2017 and remains one of the most significant threats of its kind for Spanish-speaking users. The recent campaign, spotted ...

  • Examining New DawDropper Banking Dropper and DaaS on the Dark Web

    August 2, 2022

    Malicious actors have been surreptitiously adding a growing number of banking trojans to Google Play Store via malicious droppers this year, proving that such a technique is effective in evading detection. Additionally, because there is a high demand for novel ways to distribute mobile malware, several malicious actors claim that their droppers could help other ...

  • Huge network of 11,000 fake investment sites targets Europe

    July 31, 2022

    Researchers have uncovered a gigantic network of more than 11,000 domains used to promote numerous fake investment schemes to users in Europe. The platforms show fabricated evidence of enrichment and falsified celebrity endorsements to create an image of legitimacy and lure in a larger number of victims. The goal of the operation is to trick users into ...

  • Weak data protection helped China attack US Federal Reserve, report says

    July 27, 2022

    China’s cyber espionage activities are extensive and sophisticated but when the Middle Kingdom tried to steal sensitive economic data from the US Fed, poor security meant its operatives didn’t have to dip too far into their bags of tricks. Or at least that’s according to the findings of an investigation by the Senate’s Committee on Homeland ...

  • Evilnum hackers return in new operation targeting migration orgs

    June 28, 2022

    The Evilnum hacking group is showing renewed signs of malicious activity, targeting European organizations that are involved in international migration. Evilnum is an APT (advanced persistent threat) that has been active since at least 2018 and had its campaign and tools exposed only recently, in 2020. At that time, ESET published a technical report describing the threat ...

  • Europol: Phishing gang behind several million euros worth of losses busted in Belgium and the Netherlands

    June 21, 2022

    A cross-border operation, supported by Europol and involving the Belgian Police (Police Fédérale/Federale Politie) and the Dutch Police (Politie), resulted in the dismantling of an organised crime group involved in phishing, fraud, scams and money laundering. The action day on 21 June 2022 led to: 9 arrests in the Netherlands 24 house searches in the NetherlandsSeizures including firearms, ...

  • 1.5 million customers impacted by Flagstar Bank data breach

    June 21, 2022

    Flagstar Bank has disclosed a security incident that led to the exposure of personal data belonging to up to 1.5 million customers. As reported by Bleeping Computer, the data breach occurred between December 3 and December 4, 2021. The US financial organization is headquartered in Michigan and operates over 150 branches in areas including Indiana, California, Wisconsin, ...

  • Android-wiping BRATA malware is evolving into a persistent threat

    June 19, 2022

    The threat actor behind BRATA banking trojan has evolved their tactics and improved the malware with information-stealing capabilities. Italian mobile security company Cleafy has been tracking BRATA activity and noticed in the most recent campaigns changes that lead to longer persistence on the device. “The modus operandi now fits into an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) activity pattern,” ...

  • GALLIUM Expands Targeting Across Telecommunications, Government and Finance Sectors With New PingPull Tool

    June 13, 2022

    Over the past year, this group has extended its targeting beyond telecommunication companies to also include financial institutions and government entities. During this period, we have identified several connections between GALLIUM infrastructure and targeted entities across Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Malaysia, Mozambique, the Philippines, Russia and Vietnam. Most importantly, we have also identified the group’s ...

  • Exposing POLONIUM activity and infrastructure targeting Israeli organizations

    June 2, 2022

    Microsoft successfully detected and disabled attack activity abusing OneDrive by a previously undocumented Lebanon-based activity group Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) tracks as POLONIUM. The associated indicators and tactics were used by the OneDrive team to improve detection of attack activity and disable offending actor accounts. To further address this abuse, Microsoft has suspended more ...

  • New ERMAC 2.0 Android malware steals accounts, wallets from 467 apps

    May 26, 2022

    The ERMAC Android banking trojan has released version 2.0, increasing the number of applications targeted from 378 to 467, covering a much wider range of apps to steal account credentials and crypto wallets. The goal of the trojan is to send stolen login credentials to threat actors, who then use them to take control of other ...

  • FBI: Cyber Actors Scrape Credit Card Data from US Business’ Online Checkout Page and Maintain Persistence by Injecting Malicious PHP Code

    May 16, 2022

    As of January 2022, unidentified cyber actors unlawfully scraped credit card data from a US business by injecting malicious PHP Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) code into the business’ online checkout page and sending the scraped data to an actor-controlled server that spoofed a legitimate card processing server. The unidentified cyber actors also established backdoor access to the ...

  • UK Government hackers made hundreds of thousands of stolen credit cards ‘worthless’ to crooks

    May 10, 2022

    A joint operation involving intelligence agency GCHQ and the Ministry of Defence took direct action against computer networks used by cyber criminals, helping to protect people against cyberattacks and also making hundreds of thousands of stolen credit cards worthless to the crooks who stole them. The action by the National Cyber Force – using the combined ...