Banking and Finance


  • 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 ...

  • Cayman Islands Bank Records Exposed in Open Azure Blob

    December 1, 2020

    A Cayman Island investment firm has removed years of backups, which up until recently were easily available online thanks to a misconfigured Microsoft Azure blob. The blob’s single URL led to vast stores of files including personal banking information, passport data and even online banking PINs — which in addition to a security problem, presents ...

  • Digitally Signed Bandook Trojan Reemerges in Global Spy Campaign

    November 30, 2020

    A wave of targeted cyberattack campaigns bent on espionage is cresting around the globe, using a strain of a 13-year old backdoor trojan named Bandook. According to Check Point Research, Bandook was last spotted being used in 2015 and 2017/2018, in the “Operation Manul” and “Dark Caracal” campaigns, respectively. The malware then all but disappeared from ...

  • FINRA Alerts Firms to Phishing Email Using Invest-FINRA.org Domain Name

    November 30, 2020

    FINRA warns member firms of an ongoing phishing campaign that involves fraudulent emails that include the domain “@invest-finra.org”. FINRA recommends that anyone who clicked on any link or image in the email immediately notify the appropriate individuals in their firm of the incident. The domain of “invest-finra.org” is not connected to FINRA and firms should delete ...

  • New Grelos Skimmer Variants Siphon Credit Card Data

    November 20, 2020

    Just as seasonal online shopping kicks into high gear, new variants of the point-of-sale Grelos skimmer malware have been identified. Variants are targeting the payment-card data of online retail shoppers on dozens of compromised websites, researchers warn. The Grelos skimmer malware has been around since 2015, and its original version is associated with what are called ...

  • QBot partners with Egregor ransomware in bot-fueled attacks

    November 20, 2020

    The Qbot banking trojan has dropped the ProLock ransomware in favor of the Egregor ransomware who burst into activity in September. Qbot, otherwise known as QakBot or QuakBot, is Windows malware that steals bank credentials, Windows domain credentials, and provides remote access to threat actors who install ransomware. Victims usually become infected with Qbot through phishing emails ...

  • Adventures in MQTT Part II: Identifying MQTT Brokers in the Wild

    November 18, 2020

    The use of publicly accessible MQTT brokers is prevalent across numerous verticals and technology fields. I was able to identify systems related to energy production, hospitality, finance, healthcare, pharmaceutical manufacturing, building management, surveillance, workplace safety, vehicle fleet management, shipping, construction, natural resource management, agriculture, smart homes and far more. Hackers have been sounding alarms about this ...

  • New ModPipe malware targets hospitality, hotel point of sale systems

    November 12, 2020

    A new Point-of-Sale (PoS) malware is targeting devices used by “hundreds of thousands” of organizations in the hospitality sector, researchers have warned. Dubbed ModPipe, the malware is a backdoor able to harvest sensitive information in PoS devices running Oracle Micros Restaurant Enterprise Series (RES) 3700, management software that is particularly popular in the United States. RES 3700 ...

  • Singapore moots mandatory offsite verification for financial institutions

    November 10, 2020

    Singapore is considering the need for various personal information, such as password and biometrics, to facilitate “non-face-to-face” verification for financial services. This comes amidst a rise in impersonation scam cases and risks of personal data theft. In a consultation paper released Tuesday, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) mooted the mandatory use of at least one ...

  • Ghimob: a Tétrade threat actor moves to infect mobile devices

    November 9, 2020

    Guildma, a threat actor that is part of the Tétrade family of banking trojans, has been working on bringing in new techniques, creating new malware and targeting new victims. Recently, their new creation, the Ghimob banking trojan, has been a move toward infecting mobile devices, targeting financial apps from banks, fintechs, exchanges and cryptocurrencies in ...

  • Cybersecurity threats to corporate America are present now ‘more than ever,’ SEC chair says

    November 2, 2020

    Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton is telling corporate America it needs to get much more vigilant on security. In an interview Monday on CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” stressed that significant cybersecurity threats remain, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and election season. “Cyber risks have not gone away with the unfortunate, unforeseen risks we’ve faced with ...

  • Wroba Mobile Banking Trojan Spreads to the U.S. via Texts

    October 30, 2020

    The Wroba mobile banking trojan has made a major pivot, targeting people in the U.S. for the first time. According to researchers at Kaspersky, a wave of attacks are taking aim at U.S. Android and iPhone users in an effort that started on Thursday. The campaign uses text messages to spread, using fake notifications for “package ...

  • Wireshark Tutorial: Examining Dridex Infection Traffic

    October 23, 2020

    This tutorial is designed for security professionals who investigate suspicious network activity and review network packet captures (pcaps). Familiarity with Wireshark is necessary to understand this tutorial, which focuses on Wireshark version 3.x. Dridex is the name for a family of information-stealing malware that has also been described as a banking Trojan. This malware first appeared ...