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  • PSA: Active Chase phishing scam pretends to be fraud alerts

    December 23, 2020

    A large scale phishing scam is underway that pretends to be a security notice from Chase stating that fraudulent activity has been detected and caused the recipient’s account to be blocked. Today, numerous people have told BleepingComputer that they received the same fake Chase “Security Notice” scam attempting to steal their banking credentials. One recipient said ...

  • Emotet Returns to Hit 100K Mailboxes Per Day

    December 23, 2020

    After a lull of nearly two months, the Emotet botnet has returned with updated payloads and a campaign that is hitting 100,000 targets per day. Emotet started life as a banking trojan in 2014 and has continually evolved to become a full-service threat-delivery mechanism. It can install a collection of malware on victim machines, including information ...

  • A Timeline Perspective of the SolarStorm Supply-Chain Attack

    December 23, 2020

    On Dec. 13, the cyber community became aware of one of the most significant cybersecurity events of our time, impacting both commercial and government organizations around the world. The event was a supply-chain attack on SolarWinds OrionⓇ software conducted by suspected nation-state operators that we are tracking as SolarStorm. Unit 42 was able to connect ...

  • Lazarus covets COVID-19-related intelligence

    December 23, 2020

    As the COVID-19 crisis grinds on, some threat actors are trying to speed up vaccine development by any means available. We have found evidence that actors, such as the Lazarus group, are going after intelligence that could help these efforts by attacking entities related to COVID-19 research. While tracking the Lazarus group’s continuous campaigns targeting various ...

  • Card-Not-Present Fraud: 4 Security Considerations for Point of Sale Businesses

    December 23, 2020

    As the retail world’s center of gravity shifts to the cloud, payment card fraud has followed suit. According to Verizon’s retail vulnerabilities study, attacks against e-commerce applications are by far the leading cause of retail data breaches. This trend mirrors similar outcomes in other industries, like food service. A complimentary Verizon study finds remote attacks ...

  • DHS warns of data theft risk when using Chinese products

    December 23, 2020

    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned American businesses of the data theft risks behind using equipment and data services provided by companies linked with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The reason that prompted this business advisory is the need to highlight the PRC government-sponsored data theft risk to all organizations and individuals who ...

  • Law enforcement take down three bulletproof VPN providers

    December 22, 2020

    Law enforcement agencies from the US, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands have seized this week the web domains and server infrastructure of three VPN services that provided a safe haven for cybercriminals to attack their victims. The three services were active at insorg.org , and safe-inet.net before the domains were seized ...

  • FBI warns of ongoing COVID-19 vaccine related fraud schemes

    December 22, 2020

    US federal agencies have warned about scammers exploiting the public’s interest in the COVID-19 vaccine to harvest personal information and steal money through multiple ongoing and emerging fraud schemes. The warning was issued earlier today through the FBI National Press Office by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Health and Human Services Office ...

  • Holiday Puppy Swindle Has Consumers Howling

    December 22, 2020

    Puppy photos are undeniably irresistible but beware; researchers have uncovered a scheme selling fake German Shepherd puppies for Bitcoin, leaving buyers crushed and without a tiny fuzzy friend to cuddle on Christmas morning. The scam was discovered by an intrepid researcher at Anomali, who got wind of the fake puppy offer and decided to investigate. Image: ThreatPost Read ...

  • Partial lists of organizations infected with Sunburst malware released online

    December 21, 2020

    Multiple security researchers and research teams have published over the weekend lists ranging from 100 to 280 organizations that installed a trojanized version of the SolarWinds Orion platform and had their internal systems infected with the Sunburst malware. The list includes the names of tech companies, local governments, universities, hospitals, banks, and telecom providers. The biggest names ...

  • Protecting Against an Unfixed Kubernetes Man-in-the-Middle Vulnerability (CVE-2020-8554)

    December 21, 2020

    On Dec. 4, 2020, the Kubernetes Product Security Committee disclosed a new Kubernetes vulnerability assigned CVE-2020-8554. It is a medium severity issue affecting all Kubernetes versions and is currently unpatched. CVE-2020-8554 is a design flaw that allows Kubernetes Services to intercept cluster traffic to any IP address. Users who can manage services can exploit the ...

  • The future of cyberconflicts

    December 21, 2020

    The ever-increasing role of technology in every aspect of our society has turned cybersecurity into a major sovereignty issue for all states. Due to their asymmetrical nature, offensive cyber-capabilities have been embraced by many countries that wouldn’t otherwise have the resources to compete on a military or economic level with the most powerful nations of ...

  • Zero-click iOS zero-day found deployed against Al Jazeera employees

    December 20, 2020

    At least 36 Al Jazeera journalists, producers, anchors, and executives, along with a journalist at London-based Al Araby TV, had their iPhones hacked using a no-user-interaction zero-day vulnerability in the iOS iMessage app, an academic research group said today. Citizen Lab, a cybersecurity and human rights abuse research group at the University of Toronto, said the ...

  • Sunburst: connecting the dots in the DNS requests

    December 19, 2020

    On December 13, 2020 FireEye published important details of a newly discovered supply chain attack. An unknown attacker, referred to as UNC2452 or DarkHalo planted a backdoor in the SolarWinds Orion IT software. This backdoor, which comes in the form of a .NET module, has some really interesting and rather unique features. We spent the past ...

  • Stealthy Magecart malware mistakenly leaks list of hacked stores

    December 19, 2020

    A list of dozens of online stores hacked by a web skimming group was inadvertently leaked by a dropper used to deploy a stealthy remote access trojan (RAT) on compromised e-commerce sites. The threat actors use this RAT for maintaining persistence and for regaining access to the servers of hacked online shops. Once they connect to the ...

  • Microsoft Caught Up in SolarWinds Spy Effort, Joining Federal Agencies

    December 18, 2020

    Microsoft has become the latest victim of the ever-widening SolarWinds-driven cyberattack that has impacted rafts of federal agencies and tech targets. Its president, Brad Smith, warned late Thursday to expect many more victims to come to light as investigations continue. Adversaries were able to use SolarWinds’ Orion network management platform to infect users with a stealth ...

  • Negasteal Uses Hastebin for Fileless Delivery of Crysis Ransomware

    December 18, 2020

    Trend Micro researchers have recently encountered a Negasteal (also known as Agent Tesla) variant that used hastebin for the fileless delivery of the Crysis (also known as Dharma) ransomware. This is the first time that we have observed Negasteal with a ransomware payload. Only a few months ago, Deep Instinct published the first reported case of ...

  • Cryptologists Crack Zodiac Killer’s 340 Cipher

    December 17, 2020

    A remote team of three hobbyist cryptologists have solved one of the Zodiac Killer’s cipher after a half century. And while the name of the elusive serial killer remains hidden, the breakthrough represents a triumph for cryptology and the basic building blocks of cybersecurity — access control and segmentation. The Zodiac serial killer is believed to ...

  • SUPERNOVA: SolarStorm’s Novel .NET Webshell

    December 17, 2020

    The SolarStorm actors behind the supply chain attack on SolarWinds’ Orion software have demonstrated a high degree of technical sophistication and attention to operational security, as well as a novel combination of techniques in the potential compromise of approximately 18,000 SolarWinds customers. As published in the original disclosure, the attackers were observed removing their initial ...

  • FireEye, Microsoft create kill switch for SolarWinds backdoor

    December 17, 2020

    Microsoft, FireEye, and GoDaddy have collaborated to create a kill switch for the SolarWinds Sunburst backdoor that forces the malware to terminate itself. This past weekend it was revealed that Russian state-sponsored hackers breached SolarWinds and added malicious code to a Windows DLL file used by their Orion IT monitoring platform. This malicious DLL is a backdoor ...