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  • Emotet malware takes part in the 2020 U.S. elections

    October 2, 2020

    Emotet is now taking part in the United States 2020 Presidential election with a new spam campaign pretending to be from the Democratic National Convention’s Team Blue initiative. When the Emotet gang sends out spam, their main goal is to convince recipients to open the attached malicious document. This is usually done through email themes that ...

  • Egregor Ransomware Threatens ‘Mass-Media’ Release of Corporate Data

    October 2, 2020

    A freshly discovered family of ransomware called Egregor has been spotted in the wild, using a tactic of siphoning off corporate information and threatening a “mass-media” release of it before encrypting all files. Egregor is an occult term meant to signify the collective energy or force of a group of individuals, especially when the individuals are ...

  • Researchers use ‘fingerprints’ to track Windows exploit developers

    October 2, 2020

    More to the point, Check Point security researchers Itay Cohen and Eyal Itkin were able to track 16 Windows Kernel Local Privilege Escalation (LPE) exploits to two different exploit developers known as Volodya (or BuggiCorp) and PlayBit (or luxor2008). 15 of the exploits Check Point successfully matched to a known exploit dev were created between 2015 ...

  • Microsoft: Some ransomware attacks take less than 45 minutes

    September 29, 2020

    For many years, the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report has been the gold standard in terms of providing a yearly overview of all the major events and trends in the cyber-security and threat intelligence landscape. While Microsoft unceremoniously retired the old SIR reports back in 2018, the OS maker appears to have realized its mistake, and has ...

  • Cross-Platform / Modular Glupteba Malware Uses ManageX

    September 29, 2020

    We recently encountered a variant of Glupteba (detected by Trend Micro as Trojan.Win32.GLUPTEBA.WLDR). Glupteba is a trojan type that has been involved with Operation Windigo in the past. We also reported its attacks on MikroTik routers and updates on its command and control (C&C) servers. With regard to its behavior, the variant shares many similarities with ...

  • REvil ransomware deposits $1 million in hacker recruitment drive

    September 28, 2020

    The REvil Ransomware (Sodinokibi) operation has deposited $1 million in bitcoins on a Russian-speaking hacker forum to prove to potential affiliates that they mean business. Many ransomware operations are conducted as a Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS), where developers are in charge of developing the ransomware and payment site, and affiliates are recruited to hack businesses and encrypt their ...

  • Joker Trojans Flood the Android Ecosystem

    September 28, 2020

    More variants of the Joker Android malware are cropping up in Google Play as well as third-party app stores, in a trend that researchers say points to a relentless targeting of the Android mobile platform. Researchers at Zscaler have found 17 different samples of Joker being regularly uploaded to Google Play during September. Collectively, these have ...

  • New ‘Alien’ malware can steal passwords from 226 Android apps

    September 24, 2020

    Security researchers have discovered and analyzed a new strain of Android malware that comes with a wide array of features allowing it to steal credentials from 226 applications. Named Alien, this new trojan has been active since the start of the year and has been offered as a Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) offering on underground hacking forums. In a ...

  • Case Study: Emotet Thread Hijacking, an Email Attack Technique

    September 23, 2020

    Malicious spam (malspam) pushing Emotet malware is the most common email-based threat, far surpassing other malware families, with only a few other threats coming close. In recent weeks, we have seen significantly more Emotet malspam using a technique called “thread hijacking” that utilizes legitimate messages stolen from infected computers’ email clients. This malspam spoofs a legitimate ...

  • Looking for sophisticated malware in IoT devices

    September 23, 2020

    Smart watches, smart home devices and even smart cars – as more and more connected devices join the IoT ecosystem, the importance of ensuring their security becomes patently obvious. It’s widely known that the smart devices which are now inseparable parts of our lives are not very secure against cyberattacks. Malware targeting IoT devices has been ...

  • Ransomware gang targets Russian businesses in rare coordinated attacks

    September 23, 2020

    Security firm Group-IB says it identified a new cybercrime group that, for the past six months, has repeatedly and intentionally targeted Russian businesses with malware and ransomware attacks. Named OldGremlin, Group-IB says the hackers are behind targeted attacks with a new strain ransomware called TinyCryptor (aka decr1pt). “They have been trying to target only Russian companies so ...

  • AgeLocker ransomware targets QNAP NAS devices, steals data

    September 23, 2020

    QNAP NAS devices are being targeted in attacks by the AgeLocker ransomware, which encrypts the device’s data, and in some cases, steal files from the victim. AgeLocker is ransomware that utilizes an encryption algorithm called Age (Actually Good Encryption) designed to replace GPG for encrypting files, backups, and streams. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Mispadu Banking Trojan Resurfaces

    September 22, 2020

    Recent spam campaigns leading to URSA/Mispadu banking trojan (detected by Trend Micro as TrojanSpy.Win32.MISPADU.THIADBO) have been uncovered, as reported by malware analyst Pedro Tavares in a Twitter post and by Seguranca Informatica in a blog post. Mispadu malware steals credentials from users’ systems. This attack targets systems with Spanish and Portuguese as system languages. It is ...

  • CISA warns of notable increase in LokiBot malware

    September 22, 2020

    The US government’s cyber-security agency has issued a security advisory today warning federal agencies and the private sector about “a notable increase in the use of LokiBot malware by malicious cyber actors since July 2020.” The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said that its in-house security platform (the EINSTEIN Intrusion Detection System) has detected persistent ...

  • Russian hackers use fake NATO training docs to breach govt networks

    September 22, 2020

    A Russian hacker group known by names, APT28, Fancy Bear, Sofacy, Sednit, and STRONTIUM, is behind a targeted attack campaign aimed at government bodies. The group delivered a hard-to-detect strand of Zebrocy Delphi malware under the pretense of providing NATO training materials. Researchers further inspected the files containing the payload and discovered these impersonated JPG files showing ...

  • Fileless Malware Tops Critical Endpoint Threats for 1H 2020

    September 21, 2020

    In the first half of 2020, the most common critical-severity cybersecurity threat to endpoints was fileless malware, according to a recent analysis of telemetry data from Cisco. Fileless threats consist of malicious code that runs in memory after initial infection, instead of files being stored on the hard drive. Cisco flagged threats like Kovter, Poweliks, Divergent ...

  • Patient dies after ransomware attack reroutes her to remote hospital in Germany

    September 17, 2020

    A woman seeking emergency treatment for a life-threatening condition died after a ransomware attack crippled a nearby hospital in Duesseldorf, Germany, and forced her to obtain services from a more distant facility, it was widely reported on Thursday. German authorities are investigating the unknown perpetrators on suspicion of negligent manslaughter, the Associated Press, German news outlet ...

  • Maze ransomware now encrypts via virtual machines to evade detection

    September 17, 2020

    The Maze ransomware operators have adopted a tactic previously used by the Ragnar Locker gang; to encrypt a computer from within a virtual machine. In May, we previously reported that Ragnar Locker was seen encrypting files through VirtualBox Windows XP virtual machines to bypass security software on the host. The virtual machine would mount a host’s drives ...

  • Alert issued to UK universities and colleges about spike in cyber attacks

    September 17, 2020

    British universities and colleges have been warned about a spike in ransomware attacks targeting the education sector by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ. Academic institutions are being urged to follow NCSC guidance following a sharp increase in attacks which have left some teachers fearing they won’t be able to accept ...

  • New MrbMiner malware has infected thousands of MSSQL databases

    September 16, 2020

    A new malware gang has made a name for itself over the past few months by hacking into Microsoft SQL Servers (MSSQL) and installing a crypto-miner. Thousands of MSSQL databases have been infected so far, according to the cybersecurity arm of Chinese tech giant Tencent. In a report published earlier this month, Tencent Security has named this ...