Government


  • Hacker sells the data for millions of Moscow drivers for $800

    October 23, 2021

    Hackers are selling a stolen database containing 50 million records of Moscow driver data on an underground forum for only $800. According to Russian media outlets that purchased the database, the data appears to be valid and contains records collected between 2006 and 2019 Russian news publisher Kommersant called a small sample of the exposed individuals and ...

  • Russia and China left out of global anti-ransomware meetings

    October 13, 2021

    The White House National Security Council facilitates virtual meetings this week with senior officials and ministers from more than 30 countries in a virtual international counter-ransomware event to rally allies in the fight against the ransomware threat. Publicly disclosed ransomware payments have reached more than $400 million globally in 2020 and over $81 million in the ...

  • MysterySnail attacks IT companies, defence contractors and diplomatic entities with Windows zero-day

    October 12, 2021

    In late August and early September 2021, Kaspersky technologies detected attacks with the use of an elevation of privilege exploit on multiple Microsoft Windows servers. The exploit had numerous debug strings from an older, publicly known exploit for vulnerability CVE-2016-3309, but closer analysis revealed that it was a zero-day. We discovered that it was using ...

  • Microsoft: Russian state hackers behind 53% of attacks on US govt agencies

    October 8, 2021

    Microsoft says that Russian-sponsored hacking groups are increasingly targeting US government agencies, with roughly 58% of all nation-state attacks observed by Microsoft between July 2020 and June 2021 coming from Russia. “Russian nation-state actors are increasingly targeting government agencies for intelligence gathering, which jumped from 3% of their targets a year ago to 53% – largely ...

  • Ransom Disclosure Act would give victims 48 hours to report payments

    October 5, 2021

    Victims of ransomware attacks in the United States may soon have to report any payments to hackers within 48 hours, according to a new legislation proposal titled the ‘Ransom Disclosure Act’. The bill was drafted by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Deborah Ross, and its goal is to strengthen DHS’s (Department of Homeland Security) understanding ...

  • GhostEmperor: From ProxyLogon to kernel mode

    September 30, 2021

    While investigating a recent rise of attacks against Exchange servers, we noticed a recurring cluster of activity that appeared in several distinct compromised networks. This cluster stood out for its usage of a formerly unknown Windows kernel mode rootkit that we dubbed Demodex, and a sophisticated multi-stage malware framework aimed at providing remote control over ...

  • NSA-CISA Guidance: Selecting and Hardening Remote Access VPN Solutions

    September 30, 2021

    Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) allow users to remotely connect to a corporate network via a secure tunnel. Through this tunnel, users can take advantage of the internal services and protections normally offered to on-site users, such as email/collaboration tools, sensitive document repositories, and perimeter firewalls and gateways. Because remote access VPN servers are entry points into protected networks, they ...

  • New advanced hacking group targets governments, engineers worldwide

    September 23, 2021

    A new hacking group targeting entities worldwide to spy on them has been unmasked by researchers. Dubbed FamousSparrow by ESET, on Thursday, the team said that the advanced persistent threat (APT) group — many of whom are state-sponsored — is a new entry to the cyberespionage space. Believed to have been active since at least 2019, the ...

  • Ransomware encrypts South Africa’s entire Dept of Justice network

    September 15, 2021

    The justice ministry of the South African government is working on restoring its operations after a recent ransomware attack encrypted all its systems, making all electronic services unavailable both internally and to the public. As a consequence of the attack, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development said that child maintenance payments are now on hold ...

  • Brazil debates creation of national strategy to tackle cybercrime

    September 13, 2021

    Amid growing concerns about increasing threats in the cybersecurity space, the Brazilian government and the banking sector are discussing the creation of a strategy to address crime in digital environments. The president at the Brazilian Federation of Banks (FEBRABAN), Isaac Sidney, and the Minister of Justice and Public Security, Anderson Torres, have started negotiations for the ...

  • Ransomware: It’s only a matter of time before a smart city falls victim, and we need to take action now

    August 27, 2021

    Ransomware attacks are going to get worse – and one could eventually take out the infrastructure of an entire 5G-enabled smart city, a cybersecurity expert has warned. Cyber criminals deploying ransomware regularly target government services. Not only do public sector IT budgets mean networks are less secure against attacks, but said networks are also used to ...

  • Biden to host summit with tech moguls on combating cyberattacks

    August 25, 2021

    United States President Joe Biden is set to host leaders from the country’s largest technology and finance firms at the White House on Wednesday to discuss how to shore up their cybersecurity defences in the face of increasingly complex attacks. The meeting with top executives comes as Congress considers legislation regarding data-breach notification laws and cybersecurity ...

  • Pakistan: Neglect caused Federal Board of Revenue cyber-attack

    August 22, 2021

    Despite knowing that its information technology equipment is obsolete and some of its software is outdated, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) did not make any serious effort to upgrade them, which resulted into hacking of the data centres. The systems were not improved even though the World Bank approved an $80 million loan two years ...

  • Brazilian National Treasury hit with ransomware attack

    August 17, 2021

    The Brazilian government has released a note stating the National Treasury has been hit with a ransomware attack on Friday (13). According to a statement from the Ministry of Economy, initial measures to contain the impact of the cyberattack were immediately taken. The first assessments so far have found there was no damage to the structuring ...

  • ‘Praying Mantis’ threat actor targeting Windows internet-facing servers with malware

    July 27, 2021

    Windows internet-facing servers are being targeted by a new threat actor operating “almost completely in-memory,” according to a new report from the Sygnia Incident Response team. The report said that the advanced and persistent threat actor — which they have named “Praying Mantis” or “TG1021” — mostly used deserialization attacks to load a completely volatile, custom ...

  • WhatsApp chief claims government officials among 1,400 WhatsApp users targeted in 2019 attack

    July 24, 2021

    Senior government officials around the world – including individuals in high national security positions who are “allies of the US” – were targeted by governments with NSO Group spyware in a 2019 attack against 1,400 WhatsApp users, according to the messaging app’s chief executive. Will Cathcart disclosed the new details about individuals who were targeted in ...

  • StrongPity APT Group Deploys Android Malware for the First Time

    July 21, 2021

    We recently conducted an investigation into a malicious Android malware sample, which we believe can be attributed to the StrongPity APT group, that was posted on the Syrian e-Gov website. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the group has been publicly observed using malicious Android applications as part of ...

  • Ecuador’s state-run CNT telco hit by RansomEXX ransomware

    July 17, 2021

    Ecuador’s state-run Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicación (CNT) has suffered a ransomware attack that has disrupted business operations, the payment portal, and customer support. CNT is Ecuador’s state-run telecommunication carrier that offers fixed-line phone service, mobile, satellite TV, and internet connectivity. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • CISA Issues Emergency Directive Requiring Federal Agencies To Mitigate Windows Print Spooler Service Vulnerability

    July 13, 2021

    WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued Emergency Directive (ED) 21-04 today to mitigate a Microsoft Windows print spooler service vulnerability CVE-2021-34527 being actively exploited. Federal civilian agencies are required to immediately disable the print spooler service on Microsoft Active Directory Domain Controllers, apply the Microsoft July 2021 cumulative updates, and make ...

  • White House urges mayors to review local govts’ cybersecurity posture

    July 7, 2021

    July 7 Following recent ransomware attacks, Deputy National Security Advisor Anne Neuberger asked US mayors to immediately hold a meeting with state agencies’ chiefs to evaluate their cybersecurity posture. Local governments have been under a constant barrage of ransomware attacks during the last few years as highlighted by an FBI public service announcement issued last year. Read ...