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  • BlackMatter ransomware gang says it’s disbanding – again – after Ukraine arrests

    November 3, 2021

    A member of the BlackMatter (aka Darkside) ransomware gang has publicly claimed the extortionists are shutting down, causing much excitement within the infosec world. A Russian-language message reportedly posted on a forum used by ransomware criminals is said to have announced BlackMatter’s second disappearance of 2021, the gang previously pulling a disappearing act under their former ...

  • ‘Tortilla’ Wraps Exchange Servers in ProxyShell Attacks

    November 3, 2021

    A new-ish threat actor sometimes known as “Tortilla” is launching a fresh round of ProxyShell attacks on Microsoft Exchange servers, this time with the aim of inflicting vulnerable servers with variants of the Babuk ransomware. Cisco Talos researchers said in a Wednesday report that they spotted the malicious campaign a few weeks ago, on Oct. 12. Tortilla, ...

  • 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 ...

  • UK Labour Party data breach: Supporters’ details affected in cyberattack

    November 3, 2021

    The Labour Party has confirmed that details of its members and supporters is among information affected by a “cyber incident” at a company which handles the party’s data. In a statement sent to all party members on Wednesday, Labour said the “significant” attack was on “‘a third party that handles data on our behalf” and that ...

  • 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 ...

  • Cybercriminals sell access to international shipping, logistics giants

    November 2, 2021

    Cybercriminals are offering initial access for networks belonging to key players in global supply chains, researchers warn. On Tuesday, Intel 471 published an analysis of current black market trends online, revealing instances of initial access brokers (IABs) offering access to international shipping and logistics companies across the ground, air, and sea. Global supply chains have faced serious ...

  • Toronto public transportation system reports ransomware attack

    November 2, 2021

    The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) — which runs the city’s public transportation system — reported a ransomware attack this weekend that forced conductors to use radio, crippled the organization’s email system and made schedule information on platforms and apps unavailable. In a statement on Friday, the TTC said it confirmed it was the victim of a ...

  • Canadian province health care system disrupted by cyberattack

    November 1, 2021

    The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador has suffered a cyberattack that has led to severe disruption to healthcare providers and hospitals. The attack took place on October 30th, causing regional health systems to shut down their networks and cancel thousands of medical appointments. This outage affected health systems in Central Health, Eastern Health, Western Health, ...

  • Spam and phishing in Q3 2021

    November 1, 2021

    This summer and early fall saw some major international sporting events. The delayed Euro 2020 soccer tournament was held in June and July, followed by the equally delayed Tokyo Olympics in August. Q3 2021 also featured several F1 Grand Prix races. There was no way that cybercriminals and profiteers could pass up such a golden ...

  • Ransomware decryptor roundup: BlackByte, Atom Silo, LockFile, Babuk decryptors released

    November 1, 2021

    Ransomware decryptors for the BlackByte, Atom Silo, LockFile and Babuk strains were released over the last two weeks, highlighting some amount of progress in the fight against a few of the smaller ransomware gangs. Last week, security company Avast released three decryptors, including ones for those affected by the AtomSilo, LockFile and Babuk ransomware. Cybersecurity firm ...

  • Cring ransomware continues assault on industrial organizations with aging applications, VPNs

    November 1, 2021

    The Cring ransomware group continues to make a name for itself through attacks on aging ColdFusion servers and VPNs after emerging earlier this year. Experts like Digital Shadows Sean Nikkel told ZDNet that what makes Cring interesting is that so far, they appear to specialize in using older vulnerabilities in their attacks. “In a previous incident, Cring ...

  • Office 365 Phishing Campaign Uses Kaspersky’s Amazon SES Token

    November 1, 2021

    A surge in spearphishing emails designed to steal Office 365 credentials were rigged to look like they came from a Kaspersky email address. In spite of coming from sender addresses such as noreply@sm.kaspersky.com, nobody at Kaspersky sent the phishing emails, the security company said in an advisory issued on Monday. Rather, the emails were sent with ...

  • Europol: 12 Targeted For Involvement In Ransomware Attacks Against Critical Infrastructure

    October 29, 2021

    A total of 12 individuals wreaking havoc across the world with ransomware attacks against critical infrastructure have been targeted as the result of a law enforcement and judicial operation involving eight countries. These attacks are believed to have affected over 1 800 victims in 71 countries. These cyber actors are known for specifically targeting large corporations, ...

  • TrickBot malware dev extradited to U.S. faces 60 years in prison

    October 29, 2021

    A Russian national believed to be a member of the TrickBot malware development team has been extradited to the U.S. and is currently facing charges that could get him 60 years in prison. 38-year old Vladimir Dunaev, also known as FFX, was a malware developer that supervised the creation of TrickBot’s browser injection module, the indictment ...

  • Schreiber Foods back to normal after ransomware attack shuts down milk plants

    October 29, 2021

    Schreiber Foods said its plants and distribution centers are back up and running after a ransomware attack took down their systems earlier last weekend. The food production giant became the latest critical industry company to be hit with ransomware in recent months as cybercriminals continue to show little fear in attacking a variety of industries. Schreiber ...

  • Suspected REvil Gang Insider Identified

    October 28, 2021

    He lolls around on yachts, wears a luxury watch with a Bitcoin address engraved on its dial, and is suspected of buying it all with money he made as a core member of the REvil ransomware gang. The showy billionaire goes by “Nikolay K.”on social media, and German police are hoping he’ll cruise out of Russia ...

  • EU Green Pass-generation keys stolen – sources

    October 27, 2021

    Some of the keys used to generate the European Green Pass have been stolen and distributed on programming networks to create false COVID-19 health certificates, qualified Italian sources said on Wednesday. A series of meetings at the EU level were being held on Wednesday to examine the situation, according to the sources. Read more… Source: ANSA News  

  • Free decryptor released for Atom Silo and LockFile ransomware

    October 27, 2021

    Avast has just released a decryption tool that will help AtomSilo and LockFile ransomware victims recover some of their files for free without having to pay a ransom. Avast released another decryption tool earlier today to help Babuk ransomware victims recover their files for free. As the Czech cybersecurity software firm explained, this decryptor may not be ...

  • 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 ...

  • FBI: Ranzy Locker ransomware hit at least 30 US companies this year

    October 26, 2021

    The FBI said on Monday that Ranzy Locker ransomware operators had compromised at least 30 US companies this year from various industry sectors. “Unknown cyber criminals using Ranzy Locker ransomware had compromised more than 30 US businesses as of July 2021,” the FBI said in a TLP: WHITE flash alert. “The victims include the construction subsector of ...