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  • 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 ...

  • Data from 500M LinkedIn Users Posted for Sale Online

    April 9, 2021

    Personal data from more than 500 million LinkedIn users has been posted for sale online in yet another incident of threat actors scraping data from public profiles and slinging it online for potential cybercriminal misuse. Hackers posted an archive containing data they said includes LinkedIn IDs, full names, professional titles, email addresses, phone numbers and other ...

  • New Cring ransomware hits unpatched Fortinet VPN devices

    April 7, 2021

    A vulnerability impacting Fortinet VPNs is being exploited by a new human-operated ransomware strain known as Cring to breach and encrypt industrial sector companies’ networks. Cring ransomware (also known as Crypt3r, Vjiszy1lo, Ghost, Phantom) was discovered by Amigo_A in January and spotted by the CSIRT team of Swiss telecommunications provider Swisscom. The Cring operators drop customized Mimikatz ...

  • Man jailed for trying to buy chemical weapon online able to kill ‘hundreds’ of people

    April 7, 2021

    A man has been jailed for trying to buy a chemical weapon online capable of killing “hundreds” of people. On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) announced that Jason William Siesser, a resident of Missouri, will spend 12 years behind bars in federal prison without the possibility of parole. The 46-year-old tried to buy two and ...

  • 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, ...

  • Conti Gang Demands $40M Ransom from Florida School District

    April 6, 2021

    The Conti Gang has demanded a $40 million ransom from a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., school district after a ransomware attack last month. Attackers stole personal information from students and teachers, disrupted the district’s networks, and caused some services to be unavailable. The incident that was discovered on March 7 at Broward County Public Schools drew limited ...

  • 2020 Phishing Trends With PDF Files

    April 5, 2021

    From 2019-20, we noticed a dramatic 1,160% increase in malicious PDF files – from 411,800 malicious files to 5,224,056. PDF files are an enticing phishing vector as they are cross-platform and allow attackers to engage with users, making their schemes more believable as opposed to a text-based email with just a plain link. To lure users ...

  • Ransomware gang leaks data from Stanford, Maryland universities

    April 3, 2021

    Personal and financial information stolen from Stanford Medicine, University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), and the University of California was leaked online by the Clop ransomware group. The threat actors obtained the documents after hacking the universities’ Accellion File Transfer Appliance (FTA) software used to share and store sensitive information. Data stolen in the attack targeting Stanford Medicine’s ...

  • Browser lockers: extortion disguised as a fine

    April 2, 2021

    Browser lockers (aka browlocks) are a class of online threats that prevent the victim from using the browser and demand a ransom. A locker is a fake page that dupes the user, under a fictitious pretext (loss of data, legal liability, etc.), into making a call or a money transfer, or giving out payment details. ...

  • 800Gbps DDoS extortion attack hits gambling company

    March 31, 2021

    Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks started strong this year, setting new records and taking the extortion trend that started last August to the next level. Internet security services company Akamai has already dealt with the largest known ransom DDoS (RDDoS) attack, which was also more complex than previously seen incidents of the same type. Bigger, more complex RDDoS Akamai ...

  • 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 ...

  • PHP Infiltrated with Backdoor Malware

    March 29, 2021

    The PHP project on Sunday announced that attackers were able to gain access to its main Git server, uploading two malicious commits, including a backdoor. They were discovered before they went into production. PHP is a widely used open-source scripting language often used for web development. It can be embedded into HTML. The commits were pushed ...

  • Harris Federation hit by ransomware attack affecting 50 schools

    March 29, 2021

    The IT systems and email servers of London-based nonprofit multi-academy trust Harris Federation were taken down by a ransomware attack on Saturday. Harris Federation is an education charity running 50 Harris primary and secondary academies with 37,000 students from London and surrounding areas. The attack hit the school trust’s systems over the weekend on Saturday, March 27, ...

  • Hades Ransomware Gang Exhibits Connections to Hafnium

    March 29, 2021

    The Hades ransomware gang has several unique characteristics that set it apart from the rest of the pack, according to researchers – including potentially having more than extortion on the to-do list. The group appears to use multiple nation-state tools and techniques. The researchers said that its investigations into the group’s cyberattacks at the end of ...

  • Ransomware admin is refunding victims their ransom payments

    March 28, 2021

    After recently announcing the end of the operation, the administrator of Ziggy ransomware is now stating that they will also give the money back. It appears that this is a planned move since the admin shared the “good news” a little over a week ago, but gave no details. Shutdown followed by money-back move Ziggy ransomware shut down ...

  • Alleged Members of Egregor Ransomware Cartel Arrested

    March 26, 2021

    hree alleged members of the Egregor ransomware cartel were apprehended in Ukraine in a crackdown conducted by the French and Ukrainian authorities last month. The arrests were also made possible with the help of private-public sector partnerships, which include Trend Micro. About Egregor ransomware Since its first appearance in September 2020, Egregor ransomware has been involved in ...

  • Insurance Giant CNA Hit with Novel Ransomware Attack

    March 26, 2021

    A novel ransomware attack forced insurance giant CNA to take systems offline and temporarily shutter its website. The attack occurred earlier this week and leveraged a new variant of the Phoenix CryptoLocker malware. The Chicago-based company—the seventh largest commercial insurance provider in the world—said it “sustained a sophisticated cybersecurity attack” on Sunday, March 21, according to ...

  • Threat Assessment: Matrix Ransomware

    March 26, 2021

    Matrix is a ransomware family that was first identified publicly in December 2016. Over the years since its inception, it has primarily targeted small- to medium-sized organizations. As of 2019, it had been observed across geographic locations such as the U.S., Belgium, Taiwan, Singapore, Germany, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Canada and the UK. While initially leveraging ...

  • 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 ...

  • Fake Websites Used in COVID-19 Themed Phishing Attacks, Impersonating Brands Like Pfizer and BioNTech

    March 25, 2021

    In April 2020, we reported on a large influx of COVID-19 themed phishing attacks starting in February 2020. With March 2021 marking the one-year anniversary that the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, we revisited the phishing trends we observed in the past year to gain deeper insight into the various COVID-related topics that ...