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  • British cyber gang ‘stole large amounts from US sports and music stars after accessing their phones’

    February 10, 2021

    Eight Britons have been arrested for hacking into the phones of US celebrities to steal money and personal information – even posing as them online. Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said sports stars, musicians and their families had been targeted by the scam in which criminals gain access to their victim’s phones or accounts. This allowed them ...

  • Web hosting provider shuts down after cyberattack

    February 9, 2021

    A web hosting company named No Support Linux Hosting announced today it was shutting down after a hacker breached its internal systems and compromised its entire operation. According to a message posted on its official site , the company said it was breached on Monday, February 8. The hacker appears to have “compromised” the company’s entire ...

  • Billions of Passwords Offered for $2 in Cyber-Underground

    February 8, 2021

    A “compilation of many breaches” – COMB for short – has been leaked on the cyber-underground, according to researchers. The so-called COMB contains a staggering 3.27 billion unique combinations of cleartext email addresses and passwords. The trove is an aggregate database that brings together older stolen data from breaches past – including credentials from Netflix, LinkedIn, ...

  • Eletrobras, Copel energy companies hit by ransomware attacks

    February 5, 2021

    Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras (Eletrobras) and Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel), two major electric utilities companies in Brazil have announced that they suffered ransomware attacks over the past week. State-controlled, both are key players in the country. Copel being the largest in the state of Paraná while Eletrobras is the largest power utility company in Latin America ...

  • The State Of Ransomware, 2020’s Catch-22

    February 3, 2021

    A ransomware infection can put organizations in difficult situations. The damage that WannaCry and Petya have caused has made people more wary, leading to stricter and more consistent security measures against a constant threat. Developments in ransomware over the past year have made dealing with ransomware not only difficult but also a delicate matter. Aside ...

  • Magento Web Skimmers Piggyback in Ongoing Costway Website Compromise

    February 2, 2021

    Two web skimmers have been discovered on the payment webpages of Costway, one of the top retailers in North America and Europe, which sells appliances, furniture and more. The skimmers are targeting consumers’ credit-card payment details. In a twist, researchers say one of these web skimmers is piggybacking on top of the other, to take over ...

  • Ransomware gangs now have industrial targets in their sights

    February 2, 2021

    Ransomware attacks are a potential danger for any organisation, with ransomware variants including Conti, Egregor, Maze and many others still successfully compromising victims across all industries – but there are some industries that criminal gangs are targeting more than others. The ransomware attacks are successful because many organisations can’t afford for their network to be out ...

  • Agent Tesla ramps up its game in bypassing security walls, attacks endpoint protection

    February 2, 2021

    Agent Tesla malware variants are now using new techniques to try and eradicate endpoint antivirus security. On Tuesday, Sophos researchers said that two new variants of the Remote Access Trojan (RAT) are targeting Microsoft Anti-Malware Software Interface (AMSI), scanning and analysis software designed to prevent malware infections from taking hold. Agent Tesla operators will now attempt to ...

  • Minnesota: Netgain ransomware incident impacts local governments

    February 2, 2021

    The ransomware incident that Netgain, a provider of managed IT services, had late last year rippled onto its customers. Now, Ramsey County, Minnesota, is informing clients of the Family Health Division program that the hackers may have accessed personal data. The government of Ramsey County learned about the potential breach on December 2, 2020, when Netagin ...

  • Trickbot malware now maps victims’ networks using Masscan

    February 2, 2021

    The Trickbot malware has been upgraded with a network reconnaissance module designed to survey local networks after infecting a victim’s computer. This new module, dubbed masrv, uses the open-source masscan tool, a mass port scanner with its own TCP/IP stack and capable of scanning large swaths of the Internet in a matter of minutes. Trickbot uses the ...

  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) suffers ransomware attack

    January 30, 2021

    The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is dealing with a ransomware incident that encrypted data and impacted two of its services, one offering information to subscribers and the platform for peer review of various parts of the agency. UKRI is a public body of the Government of the United Kingdom, tasked with investing in science and ...

  • Fonix ransomware shuts down and releases master decryption key

    January 29, 2021

    The Fonix Ransomware operators have shut down their operation and released the master decryption allowing victims to recover their files for free. Fonix Ransomware, also known as Xinof and FonixCrypter, began operating in June 2020 and has been steadily encrypting victims since. The ransomware operation was not as widely active as others, such as REvil, Netwalker, ...

  • Post Office Phishing Hits Credit Card Users in 26 Countries

    January 28, 2021

    Phishing remains a popular and effective tactic that malicious actors continue to deploy against internet users. The current retail climate brought about by the global health crisis has only worsened the problem. Many countries across the globe have seen a surge in online shopping, and malicious actors are quick to deploy campaigns that take advantage ...

  • Pro-Ocean: Rocke Group’s New Cryptojacking Malware

    January 28, 2021

    In 2019, Unit 42 researchers documented cloud-targeted malware used by the Rocke Group to conduct cryptojacking attacks to mine for Monero. Since then, cybersecurity companies have had the malware on their radar, which hampered Rocke Group’s cryptojacking operation. In response, the threat actors updated the malware. Here, we uncover a revised version of the same cloud-targeted ...

  • New cybercrime tool can build phishing pages in real-time

    January 28, 2021

    A cybercrime group has developed a novel phishing toolkit that changes logos and text on a phishing page in real-time to adapt to targeted victims. Named LogoKit, this phishing tool is already deployed in the wild, according to threat intelligence firm RiskIQ, which has been tracking its evolution. The company said it already identified LogoKit installs on ...

  • World’s Most Dangerous Malware Emotet Disrupted Through Global Action

    January 27, 2021

    Law enforcement and judicial authorities worldwide have this week disrupted one of most significant botnets of the past decade: EMOTET. Investigators have now taken control of its infrastructure in an international coordinated action. This operation is the result of a collaborative effort between authorities in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Lithuania, ...

  • US Department of Justice Launches Global Action Against NetWalker Ransomware

    January 27, 2021

    The Department of Justice today announced a coordinated international law enforcement action to disrupt a sophisticated form of ransomware known as NetWalker. NetWalker ransomware has impacted numerous victims, including companies, municipalities, hospitals, law enforcement, emergency services, school districts, colleges, and universities. Attacks have specifically targeted the healthcare sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, taking advantage of the ...

  • DreamBus botnet targets enterprise apps running on Linux servers

    January 25, 2021

    Chances are that if you deploy a Linux server online these days and you leave even the tiniest weakness exposed, a cybercrime group will ensnare it as part of its botnet. The latest of these threats is named DreamBus. Analyzed in a report published last week by security firm Zscaler, the company said this new threat is ...

  • Hacker leaks data of 2.28 million dating site users

    January 24, 2021

    A well-known hacker has leaked this week the details of more than 2.28 million users registered on MeetMindful.com, a dating website founded in 2014, ZDNet has learned this week from a security researcher. The dating site’s data has been shared as a free download on a publicly accessible hacking forum known for its trade in hacked ...

  • Another ransomware now uses DDoS attacks to force victims to pay

    January 24, 2021

    Another ransomware gang is now using DDoS attacks to force a victim to contact them and negotiate a ransom. In October 2020, we reported that ransomware gangs were beginning to utilize DDoS attacks against a victims’ network or web site as an extra tool to force them to pay a ransom. At the time, the two ...