Banking and Finance


  • TeaBot Android Banking Trojan continues its global conquest with new upgrades

    March 2, 2022

    The TeaBot Remote Access Trojan (RAT) has been upgraded, leading to a huge increase in both targets and spread worldwide. On March 1, the Cleafy research team said TeaBot now targets over 400 applications, pivoting from an earlier focus on “smishing” to more advanced tactics. Smishing attacks are used to compromise mobile handsets via spam text messages ...

  • Financial cyberthreats in 2021

    February 23, 2022

    The year 2021 was eventful in terms of digital threats for organizations and individuals, and financial institutions were no exception. Throughout the past year, we have seen cybercriminals continue to actively target our users with tools and techniques that emerged due to the pandemic. Imperfections in the transition to remote/hybrid work continue to pose a ...

  • New phishing campaign targets Monzo online-banking customers

    February 20, 2022

    Users of Monzo, one of the UK’s most popular digital-only banking platforms, are being targeted by phishing messages supported by a growing network of malicious websites. Monzo is a 100% online banking platform with over four million customers and among the first to challenge the traditional financial managing system. The mobile-only platform offers a feature-rich app, debit ...

  • Squirrelwaffle, Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities exploited for financial fraud

    February 15, 2022

    The combination of Squirrelwaffle, ProxyLogon, and ProxyShell against Microsoft Exchange Servers is being used to conduct financial fraud through email hijacking. On Tuesday, researchers from Sophos revealed a recent incident in which a Microsoft Exchange Server, which had not been patched to protect it against a set of critical vulnerabilities disclosed last year, was targeted to ...

  • Ukraine: Websites of some banks and ministries are under a cyberattack

    February 15, 2022

    According to local media, hackers are now attacking a number of sites in Ukraine. Several banks and the website of the Ministry of Defense are under DDoS attack. “Ukrainska Pravda” citing sources in the Ukrainian government understands that a powerful DDoS attack affected Privatbank and Oschadbank banks, as well as the Ministry of Defense and the ...

  • Fingers point to Lazarus, Cobalt, FIN7 as key hacking groups attacking finance industry

    January 13, 2022

    The Lazarus, Cobalt, and FIN7 hacking groups have been labeled as the most prevalent threat actors striking financial organizations today. According to “Follow the Money,” a new report published on the financial sector by Outpost24’s Blueliv on Thursday, members of these groups are the major culprits of theft and fraud in the industry today. The financial sector ...

  • Morgan Stanley agrees to $60 million settlement in data breach lawsuit

    January 5, 2022

    Morgan Stanley has agreed to a settlement figure of $60 million to resolve a data breach lawsuit. The US bank and financial services giant was subject to a class-action suit following two data exposure incidents involving approximately 15 million current and former clients. According to the motion (.PDF), legacy equipment was decommissioned in 2016 and 2019 that ...

  • Russian hackers made millions by stealing SEC earning reports

    December 21, 2021

    A Russian national working for a cybersecurity company has been extradited to the U.S. where he is being charged for hacking into computer networks of two U.S.-based filing agents used by multiple companies to file quarterly and annual earnings through the Securities and Exchange Commissions (SEC) system. Along with other conspirators, the individual made millions of ...

  • Log4j vulnerability now used to install Dridex banking malware

    December 20, 2021

    Threat actors now exploit the critical Apache Log4j vulnerability named Log4Shell to infect vulnerable devices with the notorious Dridex banking trojan or Meterpreter. The Dridex malware is a banking trojan originally developed to steal online banking credentials from victims. However, over time, the malware has evolved to be a loader that downloads various modules that can ...

  • Israel leads 10-country simulation of major cyberattack on world markets

    December 9, 2021

    Israel led a 10-country, 10-day-long simulation of a major cyberattack on the world’s financial system by “sophisticated” players, with the goal of minimizing the damage to banks and financial markets, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday. The Finance Ministry led the scenario with help from the Foreign Ministry, and said the “war game” was the first ...

  • Amazon cloud outage hits major websites, streaming apps

    December 7, 2021

    A major outage disrupted Amazon’s cloud services on Tuesday, temporarily knocking out streaming platforms Netflix and Disney+, Robinhood, a wide range of apps and Amazon.com Inc’s e-commerce website as consumers shopped ahead of Christmas. “Many services have already recovered, however we are working towards full recovery across services,” Amazon said on its status dashboard status.aws.amazon.com. Amazon’s Ring ...

  • Cyberthreats to financial organizations in 2022

    November 23, 2021

    A look back on the year 2021 and what to expect in 2022 First of all, we are going to analyze the forecasts we made at the end of 2020 and see how accurate they were. Then we will go through the key events of 2021 relating to attacks on financial organizations. Finally, we will make ...

  • Android malware BrazKing returns as a stealthier banking trojan

    November 18, 2021

    The BrazKing Android banking trojan has returned with dynamic banking overlays and a new implementation trick that enables it to operate without requesting risky permissions. A new malware sample was analyzed by IBM Trusteer researchers who found it outside the Play Store, on sites where people end up after receiving smishing (SMS) messages. These HTTPS sites warn ...

  • Indian securities depository exposed 44 million investors’ personal info – twice

    November 9, 2021

    Indian infosec consultancy CyberX9 claims it twice found records of 43.9 million shareholders exposed by systems operated by Central Depository Services Limited (CDSL) – and that the depository company responded slowly to its alerts of significant vulnerabilities. CDSL bills itself as a crucial player in India’s financial markets. It serves exchanges, investors, and issuers with depository ...

  • Robinhood Trading Platform Data Breach Hits 7M Customers

    November 9, 2021

    Investor trading app company Robinhood Markets has confirmed a data breach that affects the personal information of about 7 million customers – roughly a third of its user base. A cyberattacker made off with emails and more, which could lead to follow-on attacks for Robinhood customers. The trading platform, which found itself in the middle of ...

  • Arrests were made, but the Mekotio Trojan lives on

    November 3, 2021

    Despite the arrest of individuals connected with the spread of the Mekotio banking Trojan, the malware continues to be used in new attacks. On Wednesday, Check Point Research (CPR) published an analysis on Mekotio, a modular banking Remote Access Trojan (RAT) that targets victims in Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Spain, and Peru — and is now back ...

  • FBI: Ransomware targets companies during mergers and acquisitions

    November 2, 2021

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warns that ransomware gangs are targeting companies involved in “time-sensitive financial events” such as corporate mergers and acquisitions to make it easier to extort their victims. In a private industry notification published on Monday, the FBI said ransomware operators would use the financial information collected before attacks as leverage to ...

  • Warehouse belonging to Chinese payment terminal manufacturer raided by FBI

    October 27, 2021

    US feds were spotted raiding a warehouse belonging to Chinese payment terminal manufacturer PAX Technology in Jacksonville, Florida, on Tuesday, with speculation abounding that the machines contained preinstalled malware. PAX Technology is headquartered in Shenzhen, China, and is one of the largest electronic payment providers in the world. It operates around 60 million point-of-sale (PoS) payment ...

  • Almost 100 Organizations in Brazil Targeted with Banking Trojan

    October 26, 2021

    Up to 100 organizations in Brazil have been targeted with a banking Trojan since approximately late August 2021, with the most recent activity seen in early October. This campaign appears to be a continuation of activity that was published about by researchers at ESET in 2020. The attackers appeared to be undeterred by exposure and Symantec, ...

  • TA505 Gang Is Back With Newly Polished FlawedGrace RAT

    October 19, 2021

    The TA505 cybercrime group is whirring its financial rip-off machinery back up, pelting malware at a range of industries in what was initially low-volume waves that researchers saw spiral up late last month. They do bad things, but they’re so tricky that tracking them is a ton of fun, said Sherrod DeGrippo, vice president, Threat Research ...