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  • Andariel evolves to target South Korea with ransomware

    June 15, 2021

    In April 2021, we observed a suspicious Word document with a Korean file name and decoy. It revealed a novel infection scheme and an unfamiliar payload. While we were doing our research into these findings, Malwarebytes published a nice report with technical details about the same series of attacks, which they attributed to the Lazarus ...

  • REvil ransomware hits US nuclear weapons contractor

    June 14, 2021

    US nuclear weapons contractor Sol Oriens has suffered a cyberattack allegedly at the hands of the REvil ransomware gang, which claims to be auctioning data stolen during the attack. Sol Oriens describes itself as helping the “Department of Defense and Department of Energy Organizations, Aerospace Contractors, and Technology Firms carry out complex programs.” However, job postings first ...

  • Microsoft: SEO poisoning used to backdoor targets with malware

    June 14, 2021

    Microsoft is tracking a series of attacks that use SEO poisoning to infect targets with a remote access trojan (RAT) capable of stealing the victims’ sensitive info and backdooring their systems. The malware delivered in this campaign is SolarMarker (aka Jupyter, Polazert, and Yellow Cockatoo), a .NET RAT that runs in memory and is used by ...

  • Utilities ‘Concerningly’ at Risk from Active Exploits

    June 14, 2021

    The amount of time that utility networks spend exposed to a known application exploit has spiked over the past two months — something analysts called out as a “concerning datapoint,” and an important reminder that ransomware isn’t the only threat utility networks need to secure against. A new report from WhiteHat Security measured the amount of ...

  • G7 leaders ask Russia to hunt down ransomware gangs within its borders

    June 14, 2021

    G7 (Group of 7) leaders have asked Russia to urgently disrupt ransomware gangs believed to be operating within its borders, following a stream of attacks targeting organizations from critical sectors worldwide. The G7 member states also expressed their commitment to work together to address the escalating and immediate ransomware threat as a global challenge. Read more… Source: Bleeping ...

  • The AN0M fake secure chat app may have been too clever for its own good

    June 14, 2021

    Late last week, FBI International Operations Division legal attaché for Australia Anthony Russo added another important piece of information: speaking to Australian newspapers he said one reason for discontinuing use of AN0M was that it produced too much intelligence. “The volume was increasing at a scale and our ability to resource it and monitoring ...

  • Audi, Volkswagen data breach affects 3.3 million customers

    June 12, 2021

    Audi and Volkswagen have suffered a data breach affecting 3.3 million customers after a vendor exposed unsecured data on the Internet. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is the North American subsidiary of the German Volkswagen Group. It is responsible for US and Canadian operations for Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and VW Credit, Inc. Read more… Source: ...

  • UK tells UN that nation-states should retaliate against cyber badness with no warning

    June 11, 2021

    Britain has told the UN that international cyber law should allow zero-notice digital punishment directed at countries that attack others’ infrastructure. A statement made by UK diplomats to the UN’s Group of Governmentcrital Experts on Advancing Responsible State Behaviour in the Context of International Security (UN GGE) called for international law to permit retaliation for cyber ...

  • Avaddon ransomware shuts down and releases decryption keys

    June 11, 2021

    The Avaddon ransomware gang has shut down operation and released the decryption keys for their victims to BleepingComputer.com. This morning, BleepingComputer received an anonymous tip pretending to be from the FBI that contained a password and a link to a password-protected ZIP file. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • McDonald’s discloses data breach after theft of customer, employee info

    June 11, 2021

    McDonald’s, the largest fast-food chain globally, has disclosed a data breach after hackers breached its systems and stole information belonging to customers and employees from the US, South Korea, and Taiwan. As the world’s global foodservice retailer, McDonald’s serves almost hundreds of millions of customers every day in more than 39,000 locations in over 100 countries, ...

  • Hackers can exploit bugs in Samsung pre-installed apps to spy on users

    June 10, 2021

    Samsung is working on patching multiple vulnerabilities affecting its mobile devices that could be used for spying or to take full control of the system. The bugs are part of a larger set discovered and reported responsibly by one security researcher through the company’s bug bounty program. Since the beginning of the year, Sergey Toshin – the ...

  • JBS Paid $11M to REvil Gang Even After Restoring Operations

    June 10, 2021

    JBS Foods paid the equivalent of $11 million in ransom after a cyber-attack that forced the company to shut down some operations in the United States and Australia over the Memorial Day weekend. The company made the payment to cybercriminals to ensure the protection of its data and mitigate any further damage to its customers, as ...

  • Chrome Browser Bug Under Active Attack

    June 10, 2021

    Google is warning that a bug in its Chrome web browser is actively under attack, and it is urging users to upgrade to the latest 91.0.4472.101 version to mitigate the issue. In all, Google rolled out fixes for 14 bugs impacting its Windows, Mac and Linux browsers as part of its June update to the Chrome ...

  • Key Considerations for the Department of Energy on Defending the Bulk Power Grid

    June 10, 2021

    On January 20, President Joseph Biden issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13990 to help protect U.S. bulk power organizations. This Order enacted a 90-day suspension of E.O. 13920 which was set by the previous administration. The new executive order empowered the Secretary of Energy (“Secretary”) to publish new criteria around pre-qualifying vendors of electric equipment, as ...

  • Researchers create an ‘un-hackable’ quantum network over hundreds of kilometers using optical fiber

    June 10, 2021

    Researchers from Toshiba have successfully sent quantum information over 600-kilometer-long optical fibers, creating a new distance record and paving the way for large-scale quantum networks that could be used to exchange information securely between cities and even countries. Working from the company’s R&D lab in Cambridge in the UK, the scientists demonstrated that they could transmit ...

  • Slilpp, the largest stolen logins market, seized by law enforcement

    June 10, 2021

    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced today that a multinational operation took down Slillpp, the largest online marketplace of stolen login credentials. Law enforcement agencies from the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, and Romania seized servers used to host Slilpp’s marketplace infrastructure and its domain names. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Gelsemium APT was behind February compromise of NoxPlayer

    June 9, 2021

    ESET has published details of an advanced persistent threat (APT) crew that appears to have deployed recent supply chain attack methods against targets including “electronics manufacturers,” although it didn’t specify which. “Victims of its campaigns are located in East Asia as well as the Middle East and include governments, religious organizations, electronics manufacturers and universities,” said ...

  • Prometheus Ransomware Gang: A Group of REvil?

    June 9, 2021

    Unit 42 has spent the past four months following the activities of Prometheus, a new player in the ransomware world that uses similar malware and tactics to ransomware veteran Thanos. Prometheus leverages double-extortion tactics and hosts a leak site, where it names new victims and posts stolen data available for purchase. It claims to have breached ...

  • Custom Malware Collects Billions of Stolen Data Points

    June 9, 2021

    Researchers have uncovered a 1.2-terabyte database of stolen data, lifted from 3.2 million Windows-based computers over the course of two years by an unknown, custom malware. The heisted info includes 6.6 million files and 26 million credentials, and 2 billion web login cookies – with 400 million of the latter still valid at the time ...

  • US brokerage firms warned of ongoing phishing with penalty threats

    June 8, 2021

    FINRA, the U.S. securities industry regulator, has warned brokerage firms of an ongoing phishing campaign threatening recipients with penalties unless they provide the information requested by the attackers. FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) is an independent, non-governmental securities regulator supervised by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that regulates all securities firms and exchange markets ...