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  • What To Expect in a Ransomware Negotiation

    October 26, 2021

    We all know the risk of a ransomware attack. Headlines of the latest victims might haunt the dreams of chief information security officers (CISOs) and security operations centers (SOCs) due to the multi-extortion models used by modern ransomware groups. We wanted to get a better understanding of what victims go through during the aftermath and recovery ...

  • Money launderers for Russian hacking groups arrested in Ukraine

    October 26, 2021

    The Ukrainian cybercrime police force has arrested members of a group of money launderers and hackers at the request of U.S. intelligence services. In a press release by Ukraine’s SSU, law enforcement says the individuals engaged in large-scale international operations where they laundered tens of millions of USD for various hacking groups. To engage with their “clients,” ...

  • Millions of Android Users Scammed in SMS Fraud Driven by Tik-Tok Ads

    October 26, 2021

    Threat actors are using malicious Android apps to scam users into signing up for a bogus premium SMS subscription service, which results in big charges accruing on their phone bills. Jakub Vavra from the threat operations team of security firm Avast uncovered the campaign, which he dubbed UltimaSMS because one of the first apps he discovered ...

  • 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, ...

  • Ransomware has proliferated because it’s ‘largely uncontested’, says GCHQ boss

    October 26, 2021

    If you’ve wondered why ransomware has proliferated in recent years, it’s because until recently it has remained unchallenged, according to Sir Jeremy Fleming, director of British signals intelligence agency GCHQ. “We’ve seen twice as many attacks this year as last year in the UK – but the reason it is proliferating is because it works,” ...

  • Ransomware: Industrial services top the hit list – but cyber criminals are diversifying

    October 25, 2021

    Businesses in industrial goods and services are still the most popular target for ransomware attacks, but cyber criminals are increasingly diversifying which organisations they’re extorting. Ransomware has become a major cybersecurity issue, as cyber criminals infiltrate networks and encrypt servers and files before demanding a ransom payment – often amounting to millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies ...

  • Hacker sells the data for millions of Moscow drivers for $800

    October 23, 2021

    Hackers are selling a stolen database containing 50 million records of Moscow driver data on an underground forum for only $800. According to Russian media outlets that purchased the database, the data appears to be valid and contains records collected between 2006 and 2019 Russian news publisher Kommersant called a small sample of the exposed individuals and ...

  • FIN7 Lures Unwitting Security Pros to Carry Out Ransomware Attacks

    October 22, 2021

    The financially motivated cybercrime gang behind the Carbanak backdoor malware, FIN7, has hit upon a genius idea for maximizing profit from ransomware: Hire real pen-testers to do some of their dirty work instead of striking partnerships with other criminals. According to a report from Gemini Advisory, the group has set up a fake security company (called ...

  • Recycled Cobalt Strike key pairs show many crooks are using same cloned installation

    October 22, 2021

    Around 1,500 Cobalt Strike beacons uploaded to VirusTotal were reusing the same RSA keys from a cracked version of the software, according to a security researcher who pored through the malware repository. The discovery could make blue teams’ lives easier by giving them a clue about whether or not Cobalt Strike traffic across their networks is ...

  • TA551 Shifts Tactics to Install Sliver Red-Teaming Tool

    October 21, 2021

    The criminal threat group known as TA551 has added the Sliver red-teaming tool to its bag of tracks – a move that may signal ramped up ransomware attacks ahead, researchers said. According to Proofpoint researchers, TA551 (aka Shathak) has been mounting cyberattacks that start with email thread hijacking – an increasingly popular tactic in which adversaries ...

  • Evil Corp demands $40 million in new Macaw ransomware attacks

    October 21, 2021

    Evil Corp has launched a new ransomware called Macaw Locker to evade US sanctions that prevent victims from making ransom payments. The Evil Corp hacking group, also known Indrik Spider and the Dridex gang, has been involved in cybercrime activities since 2007, but mostly as affiliates to other organizations. Over time, the group began focusing on their ...

  • Why is Cybersecurity Failing Against Ransomware?

    October 21, 2021

    Hardly a week goes by without another major company falling victim to a ransomware attack. Nate Warfield, CTO at Prevailion, discusses the immense challenges in changing that status quo. Yes, security is hard – no one is ever 100 percent safe from the threats lurking out there. But how is it that time and time again, ...

  • Russian-speaking cybercrime evolution: What changed from 2016 to 2021

    October 20, 2021

    Experts at Kaspersky have been investigating various computer incidents on a daily basis for over a decade. Having been in the field for so long, we have witnessed some major changes in the cybercrime world’s modus operandi. This report shares our insights into the Russian-speaking cybercrime world and the changes in how it operates that ...

  • 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 ...

  • REvil ransomware operators claim group is ending activity again, victim leak blog now offline

    October 19, 2021

    Cybercriminals claiming to be part of the REvil ransomware group have alleged that the gang is closing shop after losing control of vital infrastructure and having internal disputes. Recorded Future security expert Dmitry Smilyanets shared multiple messages on Twitter from ‘0_neday’ — a known REvil operator — discussing what happened on the cybercriminal forum XSS. He ...

  • Trickbot module descriptions

    October 19, 2021

    Trickbot (aka TrickLoader or Trickster), is a successor of the Dyre banking Trojan that was active from 2014 to 2016 and performed man-in-the-browser attacks in order to steal banking credentials. Trickbot was first discovered in October 2016. Just like Dyre, its main functionality was initially the theft of online banking data. However, over time, its ...

  • Joint CISA, FBI and NSA Cybersecurity Advisory – BlackMatter Ransomware

    October 18, 2021

    This joint Cybersecurity Advisory was developed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the National Security Agency (NSA) to provide information on BlackMatter ransomware. Since July 2021, BlackMatter ransomware has targeted multiple U.S. critical infrastructure entities, including two U.S. Food and Agriculture Sector organizations. This advisory provides information ...

  • Sinclair Confirms Ransomware Attack That Disrupted TV Stations

    October 18, 2021

    Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns hundreds of local television stations across the U.S., confirmed Monday that it has suffered a ransomware attack. The incident is disrupting its advertising operations, among other things, and spread to many of its owned TV affiliates over the weekend, knocking local broadcast feeds off the air. The cyberattack disrupted the company’s ...

  • BlackByte ransomware decryptor released

    October 18, 2021

    A new form of malware found in a recent IT incident appears to have been inspired by other strains known to reap their operators’ huge financial rewards — but is likely the work of amateurs. Dubbed BlackByte and discovered by Trustwave, the Windows-based ransomware is considered “odd” due to some of the design and function decisions ...

  • Case Study: From BazarLoader to Network Reconnaissance

    October 18, 2021

    BazarLoader is Windows-based malware spread through various methods involving email. These infections provide backdoor access that criminals use to determine whether the host is part of an Active Directory (AD) environment. If so, criminals deploy Cobalt Strike and perform reconnaissance to map the network. If the results indicate a high-value target, criminals attempt lateral movement ...