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  • ‘Unprecedented’ DNS Hijacking Attacks Linked to Iran

    January 10, 2019

    The attacks, targeting several countries to redirect traffic and harvest credentials, have been linked to Iran. A wave of DNS hijacking attacks targeting victims in North America, Europe, Middle East and North Africa have been linked to Iran. The attacks, which have been ongoing over the past two years, have had “a high degree of success” ...

  • DarkVishnya: Banks attacked through direct connection to local network

    December 6, 2018

    While novice attackers, imitating the protagonists of the U.S. drama Mr. Robot, leave USB flash drives lying around parking lots in the hope that an employee from the target company picks one up and plugs it in at the workplace, more experienced cybercriminals prefer not to rely on chance. In 2017-2018, Kaspersky Lab specialists were invited to research ...

  • Germany proposes router security guidelines

    November 26, 2018

    The German government published at the start of the month an initial draft for rules on securing Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) routers. Published by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the rules have been put together with input from router vendors, German telecoms, and the German hardware community. Once approved, router manufacturers don’t ...

  • Using Machine Learning to Cluster Malicious Network Flows From Gh0st RAT Variants

    November 13, 2018

    Cybercriminals have become more and more creative and efficient in their efforts to successfully bypass network security. Reports of unauthorized network intrusions that have compromised enterprise security, resources, and data, plague experts on a day-to-day basis, and will continue to do so if not prevented by a more efficient detection system or method. Currently, attackers use polymorphism, ...

  • Rapidly Growing Router Botnet Takes Advantage of 5-Year-Old Flaw

    November 7, 2018

    A sophisticated proxy code has infected hundreds of thousands of devices already. A fresh botnet is spreading across the landscape, targeting router equipment. So far, hundreds of thousands of bot endpoints have already been identified, and they’re apparently being marshaled to send out massive amounts of spam. The botnet first emerged in September, according to 360Netlab telemetry, ...

  • DHS: Election officials inundated, confused by free cyber-security offerings

    October 29, 2018

    Election officials across the US are inundated and confused by the plethora of free cyber-security offerings that the private sector has made available in the past months, a Department of Homeland Security official said last week. According to a list compiled by CyberScoop, companies that have provided free tools and services to election officials include McAfee, Cylance, Cloudflare, Google’s Jigsaw, Synack, Akamai, Centrify, Microsoft, Valimail, Facebook, Symantec, Netscout, and 1Password. ...

  • Multiple D-Link Routers Open to Complete Takeover with Simple Attack

    October 17, 2018

    The vendor only plans to patch two of the eight impacted devices, according to a researcher. Eight D-Link routers in the company’s small/home office “DWR” range are vulnerable to complete takeover – but the vendor said it is planning on only patching two, according to a researcher. Błażej Adamczyk of the Silesian University of Technology in Poland ...

  • PoC Attack Escalates MikroTik Router Bug to ‘As Bad As It Gets’

    October 7, 2018

    A new hacking technique used against vulnerable MikroTik routers gives attackers the ability to execute remote code on affected devices. The technique is yet another security blow against the MikroTik router family. Previous hacks have left the routers open to device failures, cyptojacking and network eavesdropping. The hacking technique, found by Tenable Research and outlined on ...

  • VPNFilter’s Arsenal Expands With Newly Discovered Modules

    September 26, 2018

    Seven new modules discovered in VPNFilter further fill in the blanks about how the malware operates and reveals a wider breath of capabilities. Researchers have discovered new modules in VPNFilter – the malware behind the widespread campaign in May that infected 75 router brands – revealing that its capabilities are much more widespread and sophisticated than previously thought. After ...

  • Thousands of MikroTik Routers Hacked to Eavesdrop On Network Traffic

    September 3, 2018

    Last month we reported about a widespread crypto-mining malware campaign that hijacked over 200,000 MikroTik routers using a previously disclosed vulnerability revealed in the CIA Vault 7 leaks. Now Chinese security researchers at Qihoo 360 Netlab have discovered that out of 370,000 potentially vulnerable MikroTik routers, more than 7,500 devices have been compromised to enable Socks4 proxy maliciously, allowing attackers to ...

  • Apple Forces Facebook VPN App Out of iOS Store for Stealing Users’ Data

    August 23, 2018

    Facebook yesterday removed its mobile VPN app called Onavo Protect from the iOS App Store after Apple declared the app violated the iPhone maker’s App Store guidelines on data collection. For those who are unaware, Onavo Protect is a Facebook-owned Virtual Private Network (VPN) app that was primarily designed to help users keep tabs on their ...

  • Postmortem of a Compromised MikroTik Router

    August 14, 2018

    Cryptocurrency coinminers are the new ransomware and malicious actors have already pounced on the opportunity to make their fortune. Symantec has been tracking a large-scale coin-mining campaign which, as per Shodan, has currently infected about 157,000 MikroTik routers. Researchers discovered this coin-mining campaign in early August 2018. The campaign was initially concentrated in Brazil; however, it soon began ...

  • Cybercrooks slurp nearly $1m from Russian bank after pwning router at regional branch

    July 20, 2018

    Hackers stole almost $1m from a Russian bank earlier this month after breaching its network via an outdated router. PIR Bank was looted by the notorious MoneyTaker hacking group, according to Group-IB, the Moscow-based security firm called in by the bank to handle incident response. Funds were stolen on 3 July through the Russian Central Bank’s Automated ...

  • Researchers Uncover New Attacks Against LTE Network Protocol

    June 29, 2018

    If your mobile carrier offers LTE, also known as the 4G network, you need to beware as your network communication can be hijacked remotely. A team of researchers has discovered some critical weaknesses in the ubiquitous LTE mobile device standard that could allow sophisticated hackers to spy on users’ cellular networks, modify the contents of their ...

  • WPA3 Standard Officially Launches With New Wi-Fi Security Features

    June 25, 2018

    The Wi-Fi Alliance today officially launched WPA3—the next-generation Wi-Fi security standard that promises to eliminate all the known security vulnerabilities and wireless attacks that are up today including the dangerous KRACK attacks. WPA, or Wi-Fi Protected Access, is a standard designed to authenticate wireless devices using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) protocol and is intended to prevent hackers ...

  • VPNFilter Malware Infects 500k Routers Including Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR

    May 23, 2018

    Malware called VPNFilter has infected 500,000 router brands ranging from Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR and TP-Link that are mostly used in home offices. Researchers at Cisco Talos said they decided to warn the public of the threat despite the fact the infected devices and malware are still under investigation. Researchers said their investigation into VPNFilter has been ...

  • DNS-Hijacking Malware Targeting iOS, Android and Desktop Users Worldwide

    May 21, 2018

    Widespread routers’ DNS hijacking malware that recently found targeting Android devices has now been upgraded its capabilities to target iOS devices as well as desktop users. Dubbed Roaming Mantis, the malware was initially found hijacking Internet routers last month to distribute Android banking malware designed to steal users’ login credentials and the secret code for two-factor authentication. Read more… Source: The ...

  • 5 Powerful Botnets Found Exploiting Unpatched GPON Router Flaws

    May 10, 2018

    Well, that did not take long. Within just 10 days of the disclosure of two critical vulnerabilities in GPON router at least 5 botnet families have been found exploiting the flaws to build an army of million devices. Security researchers from Chinese-based cybersecurity firm Qihoo 360 Netlab have spotted 5 botnet families, including Mettle, Muhstik, Mirai, Hajime, and Satori, ...

  • Sierra Wireless Patches Critical Vulns in Range of Wireless Routers

    May 8, 2018

    Sierra Wireless has patched two critical vulnerabilities for its range of wireless gateways that would leave the enterprise devices helpless to an array of remote threats, including the charms of the Reaper IoT botnet. The more critical of the two (with a 9.4 CVSSv3 Temp Score) is a privilege-escalation bug (CVE-2018-10251), which could allow a remote attacker ...

  • Millions of Home Fiber Routers Vulnerable to Complete Takeover

    May 1, 2018

    Consumers lucky enough to have blazing-fast 1Gbps internet access in their homes are likely to use the internet more than lower-broadband households; however, millions of them are at risk for hackers to gain wide-ranging access to their internet activities (including being able to view full browsing histories). A comprehensive assessment of various GPON home routers by vpnMentor has ...