Banking and Finance


  • Vizom malware uses remote overlay attacks to hijack your bank account

    October 19, 2020

    Researchers have uncovered a new form of malware using remote overlay attacks to strike Brazilian bank account holders. The new malware variant, dubbed Vizom by IBM, is being utilized in an active campaign across Brazil designed to compromise bank accounts via online financial services. On Tuesday, IBM security researchers Chen Nahman, Ofir Ozer, and Limor Kessem said ...

  • US brokerage firms warned of widespread survey phishing attacks

    October 7, 2020

    The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued a notice warning member brokerage firms of widespread phishing attacks using surveys to harvest information. FINRA is a non-profit organization and self-regulatory body authorized by the U.S. government to regulate exchange markets and brokerage firms. According to FINRA, the organization supervises over 624,000 brokers across the country and ...

  • Mispadu Banking Trojan Resurfaces

    September 22, 2020

    Recent spam campaigns leading to URSA/Mispadu banking trojan (detected by Trend Micro as TrojanSpy.Win32.MISPADU.THIADBO) have been uncovered, as reported by malware analyst Pedro Tavares in a Twitter post and by Seguranca Informatica in a blog post. Mispadu malware steals credentials from users’ systems. This attack targets systems with Spanish and Portuguese as system languages. It is ...

  • Cerberus banking Trojan source code released for free to cyberattackers

    September 16, 2020

    The source code of the Cerberus banking Trojan has been released as free malware on underground hacking forums following a failed auction. Speaking at Kaspersky NEXT 2020 on Wednesday, Kaspersky cybersecurity researcher Dmitry Galov said that the leaked code, distributed under the name Cerberus v2, presents an increased threat for smartphone users and the banking sector ...

  • Chilean bank shuts down all branches following ransomware attack

    September 7, 2020

    BancoEstado, one of Chile’s three biggest banks, was forced to shut down all branches on Monday following a ransomware attack that took place over the weekend. “Our branches will not be operational and will remain closed today,” the bank said in a statement published on its Twitter account on Monday. Details about the attack have not been ...

  • US government warns of North Korean hackers targeting banks worldwide

    August 26, 2020

    North Korean hackers tracked as BeagleBoyz have been using malicious remote access tools as part of ongoing attacks to steal millions from international banks according to a joint advisory issued today by several U.S. Government agencies. The joint release says that North Korea’s BeagleBoyz hacking group has once again started robbing banks through remote internet access ...

  • New Zealand stock exchange halted trading after DDoS attacks

    August 26, 2020

    New Zealand’s stock exchange (NZX) has been impacted by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks during the last two days, forcing it to shut down trading until the connectivity issues were resolved. NZX operates New Zealand’s capital, risk, and commodity markets, and it supplies market information including real-time stock quotes, market data and news. The stock market announced around ...

  • New FritzFrog P2P botnet has breached at least 500 enterprise, government servers

    August 19, 2020

    A P2P botnet newly-discovered by researchers has struck at least 500 government and enterprise SSH servers over 2020. On Wednesday, cybersecurity firm Guardicore Labs published research into FritzFrog, a peer-to-peer (P2P) botnet that has been detected by the company’s sensors since January this year. According to researcher Ophir Harpaz, FritzFrog has attempted to brute-force SSH servers belonging ...

  • CactusPete APT group’s updated Bisonal backdoor

    August 13, 2020

    CactusPete (also known as Karma Panda or Tonto Team) is an APT group that has been publicly known since at least 2013. Some of the group’s activities have been previously described in public by multiple sources. We have been investigating and privately reporting on this group’s activity for years as well. Historically, their activity has ...

  • Cerberus Android malware source code offered for sale for $100,000

    July 27, 2020

    The maintainer of Cerberus banking trojan for Android is auctioning the entire project for a price starting at $50,000 or close the deal for double the money. The price includes everything from source code to customer list along with installation guide and the scripts to make components work together. For at least one year, the group behind ...

  • Diebold Nixdorf warns of a new class of ATM ‘black box’ attacks across Europe

    July 16, 2020

    ATM maker Diebold Nixdorf is warning banks of a new type of ATM “black box” attack that was recently spotted used across Europe. ATM “black box” attacks are a type of jackpotting attack — when cybercriminals make an ATM spit out cash. A jackpotting attack can be executed with malware installed on an ATM, or by ...

  • The Tetrade: Brazilian banking malware goes global

    July 14, 2020

    Brazil is a well-known country with plenty of banking trojans developed by local crooks. The Brazilian criminal underground is home to some of the world’s busiest and most creative perpetrators of cybercrime. Like their counterparts’ in China and Russia, their cyberattacks have a strong local flavor, and for a long time, they limited their attacks ...

  • Evilnum hackers use the same malware supplier as FIN6, Cobalt

    July 9, 2020

    Hackers in the Evilnum group have developed a toolset that combines custom malware, legitimate utilities, and tools bought from a malware-as-a-service (MaaS) provider that caters to big fintech threat actors. The group has been active since at least 2018 and focuses on companies from the financial technology sector that offer trading and investment platforms. Its targets are ...

  • ‘Keeper’ hacking group behind hacks at 570 online stores

    July 7, 2020

    A hacking group known as “Keeper” is responsible for security breaches at more than 570 online e-commerce portals over the last three years. The Keeper gang broke into online store backends, altered their source code, and inserted malicious scripts that logged payment card details entered by shoppers in checkout forms. These types of attacks are what the ...

  • New WastedLocker ransomware demands payments of millions of USD

    June 23, 2020

    Evil Corp, one of the biggest malware operations on the internet, has slowly returned to life after several of its members were charged by the US Department of Justice in December 2019. In a report shared with ZDNet today, Fox-IT, a division within the NCC Group, has detailed the group’s latest activities following the DOJ charges. The Evil Corp group, also known ...

  • Sodinokibi Ransomware Now Scans Networks For PoS Systems

    June 23, 2020

    Cybercriminals behind recent Sodinokibi ransomware attacks are now upping their ante and scanning their victims’ networks for credit card or point of sale (PoS) software. Researchers believe this is a new tactic designed to allow attackers to get the biggest bang for their buck – ransom payments and credit card data. The compromise of PoS software ...

  • IcedID Banker is Back, Adding Steganography, COVID-19 Theme

    June 18, 2020

    A new version of the IcedID banking trojan has debuted that notably embraces steganography – the practice of hiding code within images – in order to stealthily infect victims. It has also changed up its process for eavesdropping on victims’ web activity. Researchers at Juniper Threat Labs have uncovered an email spam campaign circulating in the ...

  • US bank customers targeted in ongoing Qbot campaign

    June 15, 2020

    Security researchers at F5 Labs have spotted ongoing attacks using Qbot malware payloads to steal credentials from customers of dozens of US financial institutions. Qbot (also known as Qakbot, Pinkslipbot, and Quakbot) is a banking trojan with worm features  used to steal banking credentials and financial data, as well as to log user keystrokes, deploy backdoors, and drop additional ...

  • FBI warns of increased hacking risk if using mobile banking apps

    June 10, 2020

    The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) today warned mobile banking app users that they will be increasingly targeted by hackers trying to steal their credentials and take over their banking accounts. The alert, published on the agency’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), says that the increased usage of such apps during the pandemic could lead to ...

  • Silent Night Banking Trojan Charges Top Dollar on the Underground

    May 21, 2020

    A descendant of the infamous Zeus banking trojan, dubbed Silent Night by the malware’s author, has emerged on the scene, with a host of functionalities available in a spendy malware-as-a-service (MaaS) model. Custom builds can run as much as $4,000 per month to use, which researchers say is now placing the code out of the range ...