Banking and Finance


  • UNC2447 SOMBRAT and FIVEHANDS Ransomware: A Sophisticated Financial Threat

    April 29, 2021

    Mandiant has observed an aggressive financially motivated group, UNC2447, exploiting one SonicWall VPN zero-day vulnerability prior to a patch being available and deploying sophisticated malware previously reported by other vendors as SOMBRAT. Mandiant has linked the use of SOMBRAT to the deployment of ransomware, which has not been previously reported publicly. UNC2447 monetizes intrusions by extorting ...

  • Chase Bank Phish Swims Past Exchange Email Protections

    April 28, 2021

    Threat actors are impersonating Chase Bank in two phishing attacks that can slip past Microsoft Exchange security protections in an aim to steal credentials from victims — by spoofing real-life customer scenarios. Researchers from Armorblox recently discovered the attacks, one of which claims to contain a credit card statement, while the other informs users that their ...

  • Ransomware gang offers traders inside scoop on attack victims so they can short sell their stocks

    April 23, 2021

    Brazen ransomware groups are continuing to seek out new avenues to rake in profits and ratchet up pressure on victims. In one of the latest such developments, the DarkSide ransomware group is openly coaxing stock traders to reach out and receive the inside scoop on the gang’s latest corporate victims, so they can short sell ...

  • Carbanak and FIN7 Attack Techniques

    April 20, 2021

    Constant monitoring of threat groups is one of the ways that security researchers and law enforcement agencies are able defend systems against cybercrime. Among these cybercriminals are financially motivated threat groups Carbanak and FIN7. Although both names have at times been used to refer to the same group, organizations such as MITRE identifies them as ...

  • Cybercrime rises by almost 40% in Moscow since beginning of 2021

    April 19, 2021

    The number of cyber crimes in Moscow rose by almost 40% since the beginning of the year, “More than 14,600 crimes involving information and communication technologies were recorded in Moscow in the first quarter of the year, up 38% compared to the same period last year,” the statement reads. According to the prosecution authorities, most cyber criminals ...

  • 623M Payment Cards Stolen from Cybercrime Forum

    April 9, 2021

    The Swarmshop cyber-underground “card shop” has been hit by hackers, who lifted the site’s database of stolen payment-card data and leaked it online. That’s according to researchers at Group-IB, who said that the database was posted on a rival underground forum. Card shops, are online cybercriminal forums where stolen payment-card data is bought and sold. Researchers said ...

  • Meet Janeleiro: a new banking Trojan striking company, government targets

    April 6, 2021

    A banking Trojan striking corporate targets across Brazil has been unmasked by researchers. On Tuesday, ESET published an advisory on the malware, which has been in development since 2018. Dubbed Janeleiro, the Trojan appears to be focused on Brazil as a hunting ground and has been used in cyberattacks against corporate players in sectors including healthcare, engineering, ...

  • Financial Cyberthreats in 2020

    March 31, 2021

    2020 was challenging for everyone: companies, regulators, individuals. Due to the limitations imposed by the epidemiological situation, particular categories of users and businesses were increasingly targeted by cybercriminals. While we were adjusting to remote work and the rest of the new conditions, so were scammers. As a result, 2020 was extremely eventful in terms of ...

  • Fleeceware Apps Bank $400M in Revenue

    March 25, 2021

    About 204 different “fleeceware” applications with a combined billion+ downloads have raked in more than $400 million in revenue so far, via the Apple App Store and Google Play, analysis has revealed. Fleeceware apps generally offer users a free trial to “test” the app, before commencing automatic payments that can be exorbitant. In an analysis from ...

  • European Banking Authority discloses Exchange server hack

    March 8, 2021

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) took down all email systems after their Microsoft Exchange Servers were hacked as part of the ongoing attacks targeting organizations worldwide. EBA is part of the European System of Financial Supervision and it oversees the integrity orderly functioning of the EU banking sector. “The Agency has swiftly launched a full investigation, in ...

  • Maza Russian cybercriminal forum suffers data breach

    March 4, 2021

    The Maza cybercriminal forum has reportedly suffered a data breach leading to the leak of user information. On March 3, Flashpoint researchers detected the breach on Maza — once known as Mazafaka — which has been online since at least 2003. Maza is a closed and heavily-restricted forum for Russian-speaking threat actors. The community has been connected ...

  • Ursnif Trojan has targeted over 100 Italian banks

    March 3, 2021

    The Ursnif Trojan has been traced back to attacks against at least 100 banks in Italy. According to Avast, the malware’s operators have a keen interest in Italian targets and attacks against these banking institutions have led to the loss of credentials and financial data. The cybersecurity firm said on Tuesday that at least 100 banks have ...

  • TD Bank suffered systemwide banking outage, services now recovered

    February 25, 2021

    TD Bank has recovered from a major IT systems outage today that prevented account holders from accessing their online bank accounts, use ATM, or check balances over the phone. The outage started at approximately 2 AM EST this morning and prevented TD Bank members from logging into their online accounts. When attempting to do so, their systems ...

  • Cybercriminals kick-off 2021 with sweepstakes, credit card, delivery scams

    January 22, 2021

    Trend Micro researches have predicted that this year, cybercriminals will continue to take advantage of Covid-19-related effects and incidents — such as people’s reliance on online purchases and e-services and the increased need for financial assistance — in order to bait victims and steal critical information. Even though new ways of stealing information regularly arise, ...

  • Improving Your Security Posture with the Pipeline Cybersecurity Initiative

    January 19, 2021

    A few years ago, I worked alongside some oil commodity traders. Environmental concerns aside, I never realized how many parts were required to get the oil out of the ground, not to mention everything else that finally resulted in the production of refined products that surround our lives. As a cybersecurity professional, I was more ...

  • New Zealand Reserve Bank breached using bug patched on Xmas Eve

    January 12, 2021

    A recent data breach at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, known as Te Pūtea Matua, was caused by attackers exploiting a critical vulnerability patched the same day. Over the weekend, the Reserve Bank disclosed that they suffered a data breach after an attacker hacked a third-party file sharing service containing sensitive data. In a new advisory ...

  • Digital Footprint Intelligence Report

    December 29, 2020

    The Digital Footprint Intelligence Service announces the results of research on the digital footprints of governmental, financial and industrial organizations for countries in the Middle East region: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, UAE, Yemen. The data presented in this report was collected through Kaspersky’s own threat ...

  • PSA: Active Chase phishing scam pretends to be fraud alerts

    December 23, 2020

    A large scale phishing scam is underway that pretends to be a security notice from Chase stating that fraudulent activity has been detected and caused the recipient’s account to be blocked. Today, numerous people have told BleepingComputer that they received the same fake Chase “Security Notice” scam attempting to steal their banking credentials. One recipient said ...

  • Card-Not-Present Fraud: 4 Security Considerations for Point of Sale Businesses

    December 23, 2020

    As the retail world’s center of gravity shifts to the cloud, payment card fraud has followed suit. According to Verizon’s retail vulnerabilities study, attacks against e-commerce applications are by far the leading cause of retail data breaches. This trend mirrors similar outcomes in other industries, like food service. A complimentary Verizon study finds remote attacks ...

  • What did DeathStalker hide between two ferns?

    December 3, 2020

    DeathStalker is a threat actor who has been active starting 2012 at least, and we exposed most of his past activities in a previous article, as well as during a GREAT Ideas conference in August 2020. The actor draught our attention in 2018, because of distinctive attacks characteristics that did not fit the usual cybercrime ...