Cybercrime


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  • Old banking Trojan TrickBot has been taught new tricks

    March 22, 2018

    The TrickBot Trojan has been upgraded with new modules to make detection, and defense, more difficult. First discovered in 2016, TrickBot is a financial Trojan which targets the customers of major banks. The Trojan is most commonly connected to phishing campaigns which trick users into entering their credentials into phishing and fraudulent banking websites, designed to appear as legitimate ...

  • Cryptocurrency Miner Distributed via PHP Weathermap Vulnerability, Targets Linux Servers

    March 21, 2018

    Legitimate and large-scale cryptocurrency mining operations often invest in dedicated hardware and electric consumption to make a profit. This doesn’t escape the attention of cybercriminals: Malicious cryptocurrency mining was so pervasive last year that it was the most detected network event in devices connected to home routers. Through our incident response-related monitoring, we observed intrusion attempts whose indicators we’ve been able to ...

  • ManageEngine zero-day vulnerabilities impact three out of five Fortune 500’s

    March 21, 2018

    Severe zero-day vulnerabilities have been discovered in ManageEngine products used by a substantial number of Fortune 500 companies. On Wednesday, researchers from Digital Defense disclosed the bugs, discovered by the firm’s Vulnerability Research Team (VRT). In a security advisory, the team said that six previously unknown vulnerabilities impact three ManageEngine products, Logs360, EventLog Analyzer and Applications Manager. Read more… Source: ZDNet  

  • Expedia’s Orbitz Says 880,000 Payment Cards Compromised in Security Breach

    March 20, 2018

    Chicago-based online travel booking company Orbitz, a subsidiary of Expedia, reveals that one of its old websites has been hacked, exposing nearly 880,000 payment card numbers of the people who made purchases online. The data breach incident, which was detected earlier this month, likely took place somewhere between October 2016 and December 2017, potentially exposing customers’ ...

  • Phishing still number one method for cyber-attacks

    March 16, 2018

    Microsoft has just released its annual cybersecurity report and it says that phishing is still the most popular way for cyber-criminals to attack, giving security experts everywhere headaches. To create the report, Microsoft scanned more than 400 billion emails, 450 billion authentications and 1.2 billion devices. More than half (53 per cent) of all email threats are phishing ...

  • Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants, U.S. Says

    March 15, 2018

    The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of engineering a series of cyberattacks that targeted American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, and could have sabotaged or shut power plants off at will. United States officials and private security firms saw the attacks as a signal by Moscow that it could disrupt ...

  • Hacking operation uses malicious Word documents to target aid organisations

    March 5, 2018

    A newly uncovered ‘nation-state level’ cyber espionage operation has targeted humanitarian aid organisations around the globe via the use of backdoors hidden within malicious Word documents. Dubbed Operation Honeybee based on the name of lure documents used during the attacks, the campaign has been discovered by security researchers at security company McAfee Labs after a new variant of ...

  • Equifax hack just got worse for a lot more Americans

    March 2, 2018

    Equifax has confirmed more Americans are impacted by the cyberattack that targeted the credit rating giant last year than was first revealed. The company said in a statement Thursday that an ongoing analysis showed 2.4 million more Americans had their names and partial drivers’ license information stolen, but they were not previously thought to have been affected. The company ...

  • Sophisticated RedDrop Malware Targets Android Phones

    March 1, 2018

    A sophisticated strain of mobile malware targeting Android devices can extract sensitive data and audio recordings, run up premium SMS charges and then tries to extort money from victims. According to security firm Wandera the malware, dubbed RedDrop, is being distributed inside 53 Android applications promoted on third-party app stores. Apps range from image editors, calculators, ...

  • Australian universities and NGOs targeted by Iranian and Chinese hackers

    February 27, 2018

    Australian universities have been targeted by hackers with connections to Iran in recent months, and “a number of investigations” are in progress, according to cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike. “There are a lot of things that are happening geopolitically that are driving a lot of attacks,” the company’s vice president for technology strategy Michael Sentonas told journalists in ...

  • Massive Malspam Campaign Targets Unpatched Systems

    February 27, 2018

    Cybercriminals are leveraging a recently patched critical Adobe Flash Player vulnerability in a massive spam campaign targeting unpatched computers. According to the research firm Morphisec, cybercriminals are blasting spam messages that urge recipients to click a link to download a Word document. And when a victim opens the document and enables macros, malware attempts to exploit an ...

  • Ransomware: Get ready for the next wave of destructive cyberattacks

    February 26, 2018

    It might look to be out of the limelight compared to 2017, but it would be foolish to write ransomware off yet, as more attacks using the file-encrypting malware are ahead. High profile incidents like WannaCry, NotPetya and Bad Rabbit made ransomeware infamous last year. WannaCry and NotPetya have since both been attributed to be the work of nation-states – the former to North ...

  • Hackers are selling legitimate code-signing certificates to evade malware detection

    February 22, 2018

    Security researchers have found that hackers are using code-signing certificates more to make it easier to bypass security appliances and infect their victims. New research by Recorded Future’s Insikt Group found that hackers and malicious actors are obtaining legitimate certificates from issuing authorities in order to sign malicious code. Read more… Source: ZDNet  

  • Global economy loses more than half a trillion dollars through cybercrime

    February 22, 2018

    The global economy loses roughly $600 billion every year due to cybercrime, experts have warned. A new worldwide study from McAfee added that global losses are also set to increase more and more going forward, given that in 2014, the damage stood at $445 billion. “Crime is more efficient, less risky, more profitable and has never been easier to ...

  • Bot and drone misuse could lead to cybercrime explosion

    February 21, 2018

    The rapid development of drones and artificial intelligence is a “game-changer” that will present a serious threat to national security if it isn’t addressed. The assessment, made by 26 experts from institutions including Cambridge and Oxford Universities, warns of the potential for malicious use of artificial intelligence (AI) by rogue states, criminals, and terrorists. The panel forecast ...

  • Year-Old Coldroot RAT Targets MacOS, Still Evades Detection

    February 20, 2018

    Researchers are warning users about the Coldroot remote access Trojan that is going undetected by AV engines and targets MacOS computers. The RAT is cross-platform and capable of planting a keylogger on MacOS systems prior to the OS High Sierra and is designed to steal banking credentials. Coldroot was found by researcher Patrick Wardle, chief research ...

  • UK local gov: 37 cyber attacks a minute but little mandatory training

    February 20, 2018

    Britain’s local governments were hit by almost 100 million cyber attacks in the last five years, while one in four councils’ systems were successfully breached, according to research. Privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch sent Freedom of Information to all the UK’s local authorities, asking for details of cyber attacks and data breaches from 2013-17. Read more… Source: ...

  • Smart meters could leave British homes vulnerable to cyber attacks, experts have warned

    February 18, 2018

    New smart energy meters that the Government wants to be installed in millions of homes will leave householders vulnerable to cyber attacks, ministers have been warned. The intelligence agency GCHQ is said to have raised concerns over the security of the meters, which could enable hackers to steal personal details and defraud consumers by tampering with ...

  • US special counsel indicts 13 members of Russia’s election meddling troll farm

    February 16, 2018

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Friday that a grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of violating federal laws in order to interfere with US elections and political processes during the 2016 presidential race. The indictment says that the defendants, by early to mid-2016, were “supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald ...

  • Word-based Malware Attack Doesn’t Use Macros

    February 15, 2018

    Typically, inbox-based attacks that include malicious Microsoft Office attachments require adversaries to trick users into enabling macros. But researchers say they have identified a new malicious email campaign that uses booby-trapped Office attachments that are macro-free. The attacks do not generate the same type of default warning from Microsoft associated with macro-based attacks, according to research ...