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  • Hackers use black hat SEO to push ransomware, trojans via Google

    March 1, 2021

    The delivery system for the Gootkit information stealer has evolved into a complex and stealthy framework, which earned it the name Gootloader, and is now pushing a wider variety of malware via hacked WordPress sites and malicious SEO techniques for Google results. Apart from increasing the number of payloads, Gootloader has been seen distributing them across ...

  • Passwords, Private Posts Exposed in Hack of Gab Social Network

    March 1, 2021

    Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets), a self-proclaimed “transparency collective,” claim they have received more than 70 gigabytes of data exfiltrated from social media network Gab. Gab, which touts itself as “a social network that champions free speech, individual liberty and the free flow of information online” has drawn in various alt-right and far-right users. A hacker ...

  • Bad bots are on the attack, and your defence plan is probably wrong

    March 1, 2021

    Google is warning that bots are causing more problems for business — but many companies are only focused on the most obvious attacks. At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic Microsoft chief Satya Nadella said Microsoft had seen “two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.” Google now sees that attackers have adapted to these ...

  • Universal Health Services lost $67 million due to Ryuk ransomware attack

    March 1, 2021

    Universal Health Services (UHS) said that the Ryuk ransomware attack it suffered during September 2020 had an estimated impact of $67 million. UHS, a Fortune 500 hospital and healthcare services provider, has over 90,000 employees who provide services to roughly 3.5 million patients each year in more than 400 US and UK healthcare facilities. UHS said last ...

  • Npower withdraws mobile app after hackers steal personal details

    February 27, 2021

    Npower has permanently withdrawn its mobile app after hackers used it to access its customers’ personal details, including the sort codes and the last four digits of their bank accounts. The hack, which cybersecurity experts said left the firm’s customers “wide open to fraud”, is understood to have taken place around the start of February. The company ...

  • Go malware is now common, having been adopted by both APTs and e-crime groups

    February 26, 2021

    The number of malware strains coded in the Go programming language has seen a sharp increase of around 2,000% over the last few years, since 2017, cybersecurity firm Intezer said in a report published this week. The company’s findings highlight and confirm a general trend in the malware ecosystem, where malware authors have slowly moved away ...

  • Dutch Research Council (NWO) confirms ransomware attack, data leak

    February 26, 2021

    The recent cyberattack that forced the Dutch Research Council (NWO) to take its servers offline and suspend grant allocation processes was caused by the DoppelPaymer ransomware gang. The hackers gained access to NWO’s network on February 8 and stole internal documents, threatening with leaking them unless the organization paid a ransom. Since NWO does not cooperate with ...

  • 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 ...

  • So Unchill: Melting UNC2198 ICEDID to Ransomware Operations

    February 25, 2021

    Mandiant Advanced Practices (AP) closely tracks the shifting tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) of financially motivated groups who severely disrupt organizations with ransomware. In May 2020, FireEye released a blog post detailing intrusion tradecraft associated with the deployment of MAZE. As of publishing this post, we track 11 distinct groups that have deployed MAZE ransomware. ...

  • COVID pandemic causes spike in cyberattacks against hospitals, medical companies

    February 24, 2021

    Cyberattacks against healthcare organizations have doubled during the coronavirus pandemic, research suggests. On Wednesday, IBM released the company’s annual X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, which analyzed data from the previous year to track the evolution of new threats, malware development, and cyberattacks. The 2021 index includes some notable trends, perhaps the most significant being how many threat actors ...

  • Airplane maker Bombardier data posted on ransomware leak site following FTA hack

    February 23, 2021

    Canadian airplane manufacturer Bombardier has disclosed today a security breach after some of its data was published on a dark web portal operated by the Clop ransomware gang. “An initial investigation revealed that an unauthorized party accessed and extracted data by exploiting a vulnerability affecting a third-party file-transfer application, which was running on purpose-built servers isolated ...

  • Finnish IT Giant Hit with Ransomware Cyberattack

    February 23, 2021

    Norwegian business journal E24 reported the attack on Espoo, Finland-based TietoEVRY on Tuesday, claiming to have spoken with Geir Remman, a communications director at the company. Remman acknowledged technical problems with several services that TietoEVRY provides to 25 customers, which are “due to a ransom attack,” according to the report. Remman told E24 that the company ...

  • Accellion FTA Zero-Day Attacks Show Ties to Clop Ransomware, FIN11

    February 22, 2021

    Researchers have identified a set of threat actors (dubbed UNC2546 and UNC2582) with connections to the FIN11 and the Clop ransomware gang as the cybercriminal group behind the global zero-day attacks on users of the Accellion legacy File Transfer Appliance product. Multiple Accellion FTA customers, including the Jones Day Law Firm, Kroger and Singtel, have all ...

  • TDoS Attacks Take Aim at Emergency First-Responder Services

    February 22, 2021

    Telephony denial-of-service (TDoS) attacks, which affect the availability and readiness of call centers, are hitting critical first-responder facilities, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). A TDoS attack is designed to prevent incoming and outgoing calls, by flooding a target with junk calls. “The objective is to keep the distraction calls active for as long as ...

  • Malaysia arrests 11 suspects for hacking government sites

    February 19, 2021

    Malaysian officials announced on Thursday the arrest of 11 suspects believed to be part of a hacktivist group that defaced government websites during late January. The group, calling itself Anonymous Malaysia, defaced 17 websites for local governments and universities, according to posts they made on a Facebook page earlier this month. The defacements were part of a ...

  • Malformed URL Prefix Phishing Attacks Spike 6,000%

    February 19, 2021

    Researchers from GreatHorn report they have observed a nearly 6,000-percent jump in attacks using “malformed URL prefixes” to evade protections and deliver phishing emails that look legit. They look legit, that is, unless you look closely at the symbols used in the prefix before the URL. “The URLs are malformed, not utilizing the normal URL protocols, ...

  • Manufacturing Cybersecurity Case Studies

    February 17, 2021

    Manufacturing is a large industry that plays an important role in the world economy and is closely linked to our daily lives. They produce a variety of products, such as automobiles and semiconductors, industrial equipment, steel, oil, cement, food and pharmaceuticals. Each company has a different environment and different cybersecurity challenges. Trend Micro classifies their ...

  • Singtel breach compromises data of customers, former employees

    February 17, 2021

    Singtel has confirmed that personal details of 129,000 customers, as well as financial information of its former employees, have been compromised in a security breach that involved a third-party file-sharing system. Credit card details belonging to the staff of a corporate client and information tied to 23 enterprises, including suppliers and partners, also have been ...

  • Rising healthcare breaches driven by hacking and unsecured servers

    February 17, 2021

    2020 was a bad year for healthcare organizations in the U.S., which had to deal with a record-high number of cybersecurity incidents on the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hacking and IT incidents affected the industry to a larger extent last year, accounting for more than 67% of all breaches and exposed the personal data of ...

  • Masslogger Swipes Microsoft Outlook, Google Chrome Credentials

    February 17, 2021

    Cybercriminals are targeting Windows users with a new variant of the Masslogger trojan, which is spyware designed to swipe victims’ credentials from Microsoft Outlook, Google Chrome and various instant-messenger accounts. Researchers uncovered the campaign targeting users in Italy, Latvia and Turkey starting in mid-January. When the Masslogger variant launched its infection chain, it disguised its malicious ...