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  • Email spoofing: how attackers impersonate legitimate senders

    June 3, 2021

    In a nutshell, email spoofing is the creation of fake emails that seem legitimate. This article analyzes the spoofing of email addresses through changing the From header, which provides information about the sender’s name and address. SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, the main email transmission protocol in TCP/IP networks) offers no protection against spoofing, so it ...

  • UF Health Florida hospitals back to pen and paper after cyberattack

    June 3, 2021

    UF Health Central Florida has suffered a reported ransomware attack that forced two hospitals to shut down portions of their IT network. The University of Florida Health, also known as UF Health, is a healthcare network of hospitals and physician practices that provide care to countries throughout Florida. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • FBI attributes JBS ransomware attack to REvil

    June 3, 2021

    The United States FBI issued a short statement on Wednesday pinning the recent JBS ransomware incident on REvil. “As the lead federal investigative agency fighting cyber threats, combating cybercrime is one of the FBI’s highest priorities. We have attributed the JBS attack to REvil and Sodinokibi and are working diligently to bring the threat actors to ...

  • Banking Attacks Surge Along with Post-COVID Economy

    June 2, 2021

    For many, COVID-19 has been a crushing catastrophe. But for bank scammers, it’s shaped up to be a nice little money-making opportunity. As the post-pandemic economy roars back to life, cybercriminals are using a new whirlwind of transactions as cover to launch an extraordinary number of bank fraud attacks. In just the past quarter, the number ...

  • Russian underground forums launch competitions for cryptocurrency, NFT hacks

    June 2, 2021

    Cybercriminals in underground forums have been soliciting techniques for compromising cryptocurrency services. Capture the Flag competitions, conference calls for papers, and gamification in cybersecurity courses designed to equip learners with hands-on skills are all common in the white hat realm, but in opposition, contests are also being launched by cybercriminals to create new offensive techniques. Read more… Source: ...

  • Australian Cyber Security Centre using classified capabilities to warn local entities of impending ransomware hit

    June 2, 2021

    While the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is engaged in helping a local organisation remove and recover from a ransomware hit or cyber attack, its overseer, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is able to use its more secretive powers to find out if any other organisations are on the attackers hit list. Speaking about the attack ...

  • Cyber-Insurance Fuels Ransomware Payment Surge

    June 1, 2021

    Ransomware victims are increasingly falling back on their cyber-insurance providers to pay the ransom when they’re hit with an extortion cyberattack. But security researchers warn that this approach can quickly become problematic. In the first half of 2020, ransomware attacks accounted for 41 percent of the total number of filed cyber-insurance claims, according to a Cyber Claims Insurance ...

  • Swedish Health Agency shuts down SmiNet after hacking attempts

    May 31, 2021

    The Swedish Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) has shut down SmiNet, the country’s infectious diseases database, on Thursday after it was targeted in several hacking attempts. SmiNet, which is also used to store electronic reports with statistics on COVID-19 infections, was shut down on Thursday to investigate the attacks and was brought back online on Friday evening. Read ...

  • JBS USA cyber attack affecting North American and Australian systems

    May 31, 2021

    United States-based food processing company JBS USA has confirmed falling victim to a cyber attack, with the aftermath affecting its North American and Australian systems. “On Sunday, May 30, JBS USA determined that it was the target of an organised cybersecurity attack, affecting some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems,” it ...

  • Brazil approves stricter legislation to tackle online crime

    May 31, 2021

    The Brazilian government has passed new legislation introducing tougher measures against fraud and crimes perpetrated in the digital environments. According to the law 14.155 sanctioned last Thursday (27), the Brazilian Penal Code has been altered to add more stringent penalties in relation to device invasion, theft and misconduct in digital media environments, as well as crimes ...

  • New Epsilon Red ransomware hunts unpatched Microsoft Exchange servers

    May 29, 2021

    A new ransomware threat calling itself Red Epsilon has been seen leveraging Microsoft Exchange server vulnerabilities to encrypt machines across the network. Epsilon Red ransomware attacks rely on more than a dozen scripts before reaching the encryption stage and also use a commercial remote desktop utility. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • DarkSide on Linux: Virtual Machines Targeted

    May 28, 2021

    As we discussed in our previous blog, the DarkSide ransomware is targeting organizations in manufacturing, finance, and critical infrastructures in regions such as the United States, France, Belgium, and Canada. The DarkSide ransomware targets both Windows and Linux platforms. We also noticed that the Linux variant, in particular, targets ESXI servers. In this blog, we focus ...

  • Asia: USD 83 million intercepted in INTERPOL operation against online financial crime

    May 27, 2021

    LYON, FRANCE: Amid an exponential increase in online fraud, an INTERPOL-coordinated operation codenamed HAECHI-I mobilized more than 40 specialized law enforcement officers across the Asia Pacific region. Over six months of coordinated intelligence collection and joint operations, police were able to intercept a total of USD 83 million in illicit funds transferred from victims to the ...

  • Elizabethan England has nothing on modern-day Russia

    May 26, 2021

    The threat landscape is changing. Organizations need to defend against an ever-evolving tranche of threat actors. For a long time, the lines that distinguish state-sponsored and crimeware groups were well-defined. We believe this is no longer the case. In today’s landscape, there are groups that, although their modus operandi (MO) is consistent with crimeware groups, ...

  • 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 ...