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  • Investigation launched into vulnerabilities found within US Judiciary case file system

    January 8, 2021

    The United States Judiciary has announced an audit into its systems, following concerns its case file system has been compromised. In making the announcement, the Judiciary said the Administrative Office of the US Courts was working with the Department of Homeland Security on a security audit relating to vulnerabilities in the Judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files ...

  • Nissan NA source code leaked due to default admin:admin credentials

    January 8, 2021

    Multiple code repositories from Nissan North America became public this week after the company left an exposed Git server protected with default access credentials. The entire collection is around 20 gigabytes large and contains source code for mobile apps and various tools used by Nissan internally for diagnostics, client acquisition, market research, or NissanConnect services. It is ...

  • Nvidia releases security update for high-severity graphics driver vulnerabilities

    January 8, 2021

    Nvidia has released a round of security fixes tackling high-severity issues in the Nvidia GPU display driver and vGPU software. Released on Thursday, the technology giant said the patches deal with issues that “may lead to denial of service, escalation of privileges, data tampering, or information disclosure.” In total, Nvidia has resolved 16 vulnerabilities linked to the ...

  • Adversary Infrastructure Report 2020: A Defender’s View

    January 8, 2021

    Recorded Future tracks the creation and modification of new malicious infrastructure for a multitude of post-exploitation toolkits, custom malware frameworks, and open-source remote access trojans. The effort has been ongoing since 2017, when Insikt Group created methodologies to identify the deployments of open-source remote access trojans (RATs). Recorded Future collected over 10,000 unique command and control ...

  • TA551: Email Attack Campaign Switches from Valak to IcedID

    January 7, 2021

    TA551 (also known as Shathak) is an email-based malware distribution campaign that often targets English-speaking victims. The campaign discussed in this blog has targeted German, Italian and Japanese speakers. TA551 has historically pushed different families of information-stealing malware like Ursnif and Valak. After mid-July 2020, this campaign has exclusively pushed IcedID malware, another information stealer. This ...

  • FBI warns of Egregor ransomware extorting businesses worldwide

    January 7, 2021

    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has sent a security alert warning private sector companies that the Egregor ransomware operation is actively targeting and extorting businesses worldwide. The FBI says in a TLP:WHITE Private Industry Notification (PIN) shared on Wednesday that Egregor claims to have already hit and compromised more than over 150 victims since ...

  • Windows PsExec zero-day vulnerability gets a free micropatch

    January 7, 2021

    A free micropatch fixing a local privilege escalation (LPE) vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows PsExec management tool is now available through the 0patch platform. PsExec is a fully interactive telnet-replacement that allows system admins to execute programs on remote systems. PsExec tool is also integrated into and used by enterprise tools to remotely launch executables on other ...

  • North Korean hackers launch RokRat Trojan in campaigns against the South

    January 7, 2021

    A North Korean hacking group is utilizing the RokRat Trojan in a fresh wave of campaigns against the South Korean government. The Remote Access Trojan (RAT) has been connected to attacks based on the exploit of a Korean language word processor commonly used in South Korea for several years; specifically, the compromise of Hangul Office documents ...

  • Ryuk gang estimated to have made more than $150 million from ransomware attacks

    January 7, 2021

    The operators of the Ryuk ransomware are believed to have earned more than $150 million worth of Bitcoin from ransom payments following intrusions at companies all over the world. In a joint report published today, threat intel company Advanced Intelligence and cybersecurity firm HYAS said they tracked payments to 61 Bitcoin addresses previously attributed and linked ...

  • Expanding Range and Improving Speed: A RansomExx Approach

    January 6, 2021

    RansomExx, a ransomware variant responsible for several high-profile attacks in 2020, has shown signs of further development and unhampered activity. The most recently reported development involves the use of newer variants adapted for Linux servers that effectively expanded its range to more than Windows servers. Own monitoring efforts found RansomExx compromising companies in the United States, ...

  • WhatsApp: Share your data with Facebook or delete your account

    January 6, 2021

    After WhatsApp updated its Privacy Policy and Terms of Service on Monday with additional info on how it handles users’ data, the company is now notifying users through the mobile app that, starting February, they will be required to share their data with Facebook. “Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA,” the company said ...

  • CISA Update: Advanced Persistent Threat Compromise of Government Agencies, Critical Infrastructure, and Private Sector Organizations

    January 6, 2021

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is aware of compromises of U.S. government agencies, critical infrastructure entities, and private sector organizations by an advanced persistent threat (APT) actor beginning in at least March 2020. This APT actor has demonstrated patience, operational security, and complex tradecraft in these intrusions. CISA expects that removing this threat ...

  • Disgruntled Former Employee Disrupted Shipments of Needed PPE During Pandemic

    January 6, 2021

    When the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States last spring, a Georgia-based medical equipment packaging company worked to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical workers treating sick patients. But a disgruntled former employee thwarted those efforts at a time when protective equipment was desperately needed. Christopher Dobbins, a vice-president in the company who’d been fired a ...

  • JetBrains denies being involved in SolarWinds hack

    January 6, 2021

    Czech software development firm JetBrains published a statement today denying reports from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal claiming that JetBrains is under investigation for possibly being involved in the SolarWinds hack that impacted thousands of companies across the globe. The reports, citing government sources, said that US officials are looking at a ...

  • Australian cybersecurity agency used as cover in malware campaign

    January 5, 2021

    The Australian government warns of an ongoing campaign impersonating the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) to infect targets with malware. Scammers coordinating these attacks are also actively attempting to convince potential victims to install remote administration and desktop sharing software with the end goal of stealing the targets’ banking information. “The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) warns ...

  • Cyberattacks on Healthcare Spike 45% Since November

    January 5, 2021

    As COVID-19 ravages international healthcare systems, cybercriminals have decided to leverage the increasingly dire circumstances to squeeze a few bucks out of the human suffering. According to new findings from Check Point Software, healthcare organizations have seen a 45-percent increase in cyberattacks since November, which is more than double other industry sectors, which a average 22-percent ...

  • Babuk Locker is the first new enterprise ransomware of 2021

    January 5, 2021

    t’s a new year, and with it comes a new ransomware called Babuk Locker that targets corporate victims in human-operated attacks. Babuk Locker is a new ransomware operation that launched at the beginning of 2021 and has since amassed a small list of victims from around the world. From ransom negotiations with victims seen by BleepingComputer, demands ...

  • US government formally blames Russia for SolarWinds hack

    January 5, 2021

    Four US cyber-security agencies, including the FBI, CISA, ODNI, and the NSA, have released a joint statement today formally accusing the Russian government of orchestrating the SolarWinds supply chain attack. US officials said that “an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actor, likely Russian in origin” was responsible for the SolarWinds hack, which officials described as “an intelligence ...

  • Telegram Triangulation Pinpoints Users’ Exact Locations

    January 5, 2021

    A feature that allows Telegram users to see who’s nearby can be misused to pinpoint your exact distance to other users – by spoofing one’s latitude and longitude. According to bug-hunter Ahmed Hassan, the “People Nearby” feature could allow an attacker to triangulate the location of unsuspecting Telegram users. The feature is disabled by default, but ...

  • Italian mobile operator offers to replace SIM cards after massive data breach

    January 5, 2021

    Ho Mobile, an Italian mobile operator, owned by Vodafone, has confirmed a massive data breach on Monday and is now taking the rare step of offering to replace the SIM cards of all affected customers. The breach is believed to have impacted roughly 2.5 million customers. It first came to light last month on December 28 when ...