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  • BazaLoader Masquerades as Movie-Streaming Service

    May 26, 2021

    There’s a new, fake movie-streaming service in town called BravoMovies, and the offerings are utter garbage. Despite its pretty pictures and fun-sounding titles, it’s got nothing to offer for download besides BazaLoader malware. BazaLoader is a loader used to deploy ransomware or other types of malware and to steal sensitive data from victimized systems. On Wednesday, Proofpoint ...

  • Evolution of JSWorm ransomware

    May 25, 2021

    Over the past few years, the ransomware threat landscape has been gradually changing. We have been witness to a paradigm shift. From the massive outbreaks of 2017, such as WannaCry, NotPetya, and Bad Rabbit, a lot of ransomware actors have moved to the covert but highly profitable tactic of “big-game hunting”. News of ransomware causing ...

  • Russian dark web marketplace Hydra cryptocurrency transactions reached $1.37bn in 2020

    May 25, 2021

    An investigation into the Hydra marketplace has revealed surging transaction volumes and a thriving — albeit illicit — cryptocurrency ecosystem. On Tuesday, Flashpoint and Chainalysis jointly released a report into Hydra, a marketplace in the dark web. At its inception in 2015, Hydra was well-known for the sale of narcotics, but as time has gone on, the ...

  • Russian to be deported after foiled Tesla ransomware plot

    May 24, 2021

    A Russian man was sentenced Monday to what amounted to time already served in U.S. government custody and will be deported after pleading guilty to trying to pay a Tesla employee $500,000 to install computer malware at the company’s Nevada electric battery plant in a bid to steal company secrets for ransom. Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, appearing ...

  • North Korean hackers behind CryptoCore multi-million dollar heists

    May 24, 2021

    Security researchers piecing together evidence from multiple attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges, attributed to a threat actor they named CryptoCore have established a strong connection to the North Korean state-sponsored group Lazarus. The group is believed to have stolen hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars by breaching cryptocurrency exchanges in the U.S., Israel, Europe, and Japan over ...

  • Zeppelin ransomware comes back to life with updated versions

    May 24, 2021

    The developers of Zeppelin ransomware have resumed their activity after a period of relative silence that started last Fall and started to advertise new versions of the malware. A recent variant of the malware became available on a hacker forum at the end of last month, offering cybercriminals in the ransomware business complete independence. Zeppelin ransomware is ...

  • Air India cyber-attack: Data of millions of customers compromised

    May 22, 2021

    India’s national airline Air India has said a cyber-attack on its data servers affected about 4.5 million customers around the world. The breach was first reported to the company in February. Details including passport and ticket information as well as credit-card data were compromised. But Air India said security details for credit cards – CVV or CVC ...

  • Florida water treatment plant was involved in second security incident before poisoning attempt: report

    May 21, 2021

    A new study from Dragos has found that a water treatment plant in Oldsmar, Florida — where hackers attempted to poison the town’s water earlier this year — was also involved in another potential breach at the same time. A browser being used on the plant’s network was traced back to a “watering hole” attack that ...

  • Phorpiex malware botnet just won’t go away

    May 21, 2021

    The Phorpiex malware botnet has lurked around the internet for years and is used to deliver ransomware, spam email and more, but now Microsoft’s security team are taking a closer look at it. The botnet has been known for using old-fashioned worms that spread via removable USB drives and instant messaging apps, began diversifying its infrastructure ...

  • US insurance giant CNA Financial paid $40 million ransom to regain control of systems: report

    May 21, 2021

    One of the largest insurance companies in the United States, CNA Financial, reportedly agreed to a $40 million payment to restore access to its systems following a ransomware attack. According to Bloomberg, the $40 million payment — which is $10 million more than the highest attempted demand of $30 million in 2020, already double the highest ...

  • Apple Exec Calls Level of Mac Malware ‘Unacceptable’

    May 20, 2021

    Apple is using the growing threat of malware on its Mac platform as a defense in a lawsuit that could force the company to open up new channels of applications for its mobile iOS platform. In testimony in a California court Wednesday, Apple head of software engineering, Craig Federighi called the level of malware threat against ...

  • FBI: Conti Ransomware Attacks Impact Healthcare and First Responder Networks

    May 20, 2021

    The FBI identified at least 16 Conti ransomware attacks targeting US healthcare and first responder networks, including law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, 9-1-1 dispatch centers, and municipalities within the last year. These healthcare and first responder networks are among the more than 400 organizations worldwide victimized by Conti, over 290 of which are located in the U.S. ...

  • Microsoft: Massive malware campaign delivers fake ransomware

    May 20, 2021

    A massive malware campaign pushed the Java-based STRRAT remote access trojan (RAT), known for its data theft capabilities and the ability to fake ransomware attacks. In a series of tweets, the Microsoft Security Intelligence team outlined how this “massive email campaign” spread the fake ransomware payloads using compromised email accounts. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Conti ransomware gives HSE Ireland free decryptor, still selling data

    May 20, 2021

    The Conti ransomware gang has released a free decryptor for Ireland’s health service, the HSE, but warns that they will still sell or release the stolen data. Ireland’s HSE, the country’s publicly funded healthcare system, and the Department of Health were attacked by the Conti ransomware gang last Friday. Read more… Source:  Bleeping Computer  

  • Healthcare organizations in Ireland, New Zealand and Canada facing intrusions and ransomware attacks

    May 20, 2021

    Three healthcare institutions in Canada, Ireland and New Zealand are in the midst of security incidents this week, highlighting the perilous cybersecurity landscape within some of the world’s most important organizations. Ireland’s Department of Health was attacked twice in the last week, eventually shutting down their entire IT system after a ransomware attack last Thursday. The ...

  • BazarCall: Call Centers Help Spread BazarLoader Malware

    May 19, 2021

    BazarLoader (sometimes referred to as BazaLoader) is malware that provides backdoor access to an infected Windows host. After a client is infected, criminals use this backdoor access to send follow-up malware, scan the environment and exploit other vulnerable hosts on the network. The threat actor behind BazarLoader uses different methods to distribute this malware to potential ...

  • Qlocker ransomware shuts down after extorting hundreds of QNAP users

    May 19, 2021

    The Qlocker ransomware gang has shut down their operation after earning $350,000 in a month by exploiting vulnerabilities in QNAP NAS devices. Starting on April 19th, QNAP NAS device owners worldwide suddenly discovered that their device’s files were replaced by password-protected 7-zip archives. Read more… Source:  Bleeping Computer  

  • Ireland: ‘Wizard Spider’ cybercrime gang claim Health Service Executive attack

    May 18, 2021

    Hackers known as Wizard Spider are spinning a web of chaos since it launched a ransomware attack on the Health Service Executive last week. The Russian hackers have claimed responsibility for the most serious ever cyberattack on Ireland’s critical infrastructure. The group, who are seeking ransom of up to €20 million in cryptocurrency, are not motivated by ...

  • DarkSide Hits Toshiba; XSS Forum Bans Ransomware

    May 17, 2021

    For a ransomware gang whose servers were purportedly commandeered last week, DarkSide has had a server-fueled weekend, with a reported hit on Toshiba Business. Late on Thursday night came a post to the “Exploit” underground forum that looked, at least, to be from DarkSide. It described how the gang’s blog, payment processing and denial-of-service (DoS) servers ...

  • ‘We won’t pay ransom,’ says Ireland after attack on health service

    May 17, 2021

    Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) has ruled out giving in to hackers’ demands as the country’s healthcare and social services continue to deal with the disruption caused by a significant ransomware attack that occurred a few days ago. The HSE has now confirmed that a ransom has been sought by the attackers, although the exact amount ...