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  • Asia: USD 83 million intercepted in INTERPOL operation against online financial crime

    May 27, 2021

    LYON, FRANCE: Amid an exponential increase in online fraud, an INTERPOL-coordinated operation codenamed HAECHI-I mobilized more than 40 specialized law enforcement officers across the Asia Pacific region. Over six months of coordinated intelligence collection and joint operations, police were able to intercept a total of USD 83 million in illicit funds transferred from victims to the ...

  • Various Japanese government entities had data stolen in cyber attack: Report

    May 27, 2021

    Data from various Japanese government entities has reportedly been stolen by hackers that gained access to Fujitsu’s ProjectWEB platform. Fujitsu’s software-as-a-service platform has since been taken down and the Japanese tech giant is currently investigating the scope of the attacks, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said in a report. Among the impacted government entities are the Ministry of ...

  • PDF Feature ‘Certified’ Widely Vulnerable to Attack

    May 26, 2021

    Certified portable document format (PDF) files are used to securely sign agreements between two parties while keeping the contents’ integrity protected, but a new report found the security protections on most certified PDF applications were inadequate and left organizations exposed to a number of attacks. Researchers from Ruhr University Bochum explained certified PDFs use two specific ...

  • Elizabethan England has nothing on modern-day Russia

    May 26, 2021

    The threat landscape is changing. Organizations need to defend against an ever-evolving tranche of threat actors. For a long time, the lines that distinguish state-sponsored and crimeware groups were well-defined. We believe this is no longer the case. In today’s landscape, there are groups that, although their modus operandi (MO) is consistent with crimeware groups, ...

  • BazaLoader Masquerades as Movie-Streaming Service

    May 26, 2021

    There’s a new, fake movie-streaming service in town called BravoMovies, and the offerings are utter garbage. Despite its pretty pictures and fun-sounding titles, it’s got nothing to offer for download besides BazaLoader malware. BazaLoader is a loader used to deploy ransomware or other types of malware and to steal sensitive data from victimized systems. On Wednesday, Proofpoint ...

  • New Rowhammer attack exploits the design of ever-shrinking and more dense DRAM chips

    May 26, 2021

    Google has detailed its work discovering a new Rowhammer vulnerability dubbed “Half-Double”, which evolves the style of attack on DRAM memory first reported in 2014 and suggests the Rowhammer problem won’t go away soon. The Rowhammer attack is unusual because it aims to cause “bit flips” by rapidly and repeatedly accessing data in one memory row ...

  • CVE-2021-22909- Digging Into A Ubiquiti Firmware Update Bug

    May 25, 2021

    Back In February, Ubiquiti released a new firmware update for the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter, fixing CVE-2021-22909/ZDI-21-601. The vulnerability lies in the firmware update procedure and allows a man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacker to execute code as root on the device by serving a malicious firmware image when the system performs an automatic firmware update. The vulnerability was discovered ...

  • Evolution of JSWorm ransomware

    May 25, 2021

    Over the past few years, the ransomware threat landscape has been gradually changing. We have been witness to a paradigm shift. From the massive outbreaks of 2017, such as WannaCry, NotPetya, and Bad Rabbit, a lot of ransomware actors have moved to the covert but highly profitable tactic of “big-game hunting”. News of ransomware causing ...

  • Crimes of Opportunity: Increasing Frequency of Low Sophistication Operational Technology Compromises

    May 25, 2021

    Attacks on control processes supported by operational technology (OT) are often perceived as necessarily complex. This is because disrupting or modifying a control process to cause a predictable effect is often quite difficult and can require a lot of time and resources. However, Mandiant Threat Intelligence has observed simpler attacks, where actors with varying levels ...

  • Russian dark web marketplace Hydra cryptocurrency transactions reached $1.37bn in 2020

    May 25, 2021

    An investigation into the Hydra marketplace has revealed surging transaction volumes and a thriving — albeit illicit — cryptocurrency ecosystem. On Tuesday, Flashpoint and Chainalysis jointly released a report into Hydra, a marketplace in the dark web. At its inception in 2015, Hydra was well-known for the sale of narcotics, but as time has gone on, the ...

  • VMware warns of critical bug affecting all vCenter Server installs

    May 25, 2021

    VMware urges customers to patch a critical remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in the Virtual SAN Health Check plug-in and impacting all vCenter Server deployments. “These updates fix a critical security vulnerability, and it needs to be considered at once,” said Bob Plankers, Technical Marketing Architect at VMware. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Iranian hacking group targets Israel with wiper disguised as ransomware

    May 25, 2021

    An Iranian hacking group has been observed camouflaging destructive attacks against Israeli targets as ransomware attacks while maintaining access to victims’ networks for months in what looks like an extensive espionage campaign. The threat actor, tracked as Agrius by SentinelLabs researchers, has targeted Israel starting with December 2020. “Initially engaged in espionage activity, Agrius deployed a set ...

  • TeamTNT Targets Kubernetes, Nearly 50,000 IPs Compromised in Worm-like Attack

    May 25, 2021

    Kubernetes is the most widely adopted container orchestration platform for automating the deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. Unfortunately, like any widely used application, it makes for an attractive target for threat actors as they are often misconfigured, especially those running primarily in cloud environments with access to nearly infinite resources. This article will ...

  • Indonesia’s national health insurance scheme leaks at least a million citizens’ records

    May 25, 2021

    Indonesia’s government has admitted to leaks of personal data from the agency that runs its national health insurance scheme On May 20th Kominfo, Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, acknowledged it was aware of a post on notorious stolen-data-mart Raidforums offering to sell a million records leaked from the Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Sosial (BPJS), an ...

  • Russian to be deported after foiled Tesla ransomware plot

    May 24, 2021

    A Russian man was sentenced Monday to what amounted to time already served in U.S. government custody and will be deported after pleading guilty to trying to pay a Tesla employee $500,000 to install computer malware at the company’s Nevada electric battery plant in a bid to steal company secrets for ransom. Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, appearing ...

  • North Korean hackers behind CryptoCore multi-million dollar heists

    May 24, 2021

    Security researchers piecing together evidence from multiple attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges, attributed to a threat actor they named CryptoCore have established a strong connection to the North Korean state-sponsored group Lazarus. The group is believed to have stolen hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars by breaching cryptocurrency exchanges in the U.S., Israel, Europe, and Japan over ...

  • Bluetooth flaws allow attackers to impersonate legitimate devices

    May 24, 2021

    Attackers could abuse vulnerabilities discovered in the Bluetooth Core and Mesh Profile specifications to impersonate legitimate devices during the pairing process and launch man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks. The Bluetooth Core and Mesh Profile specifications define requirements needed by Bluetooth devices to communicate with each other and for Bluetooth devices using low energy wireless technology to enable interoperable ...

  • American Express Fined for Sending Millions of Spam Messages

    May 24, 2021

    American Express Services Europe has been fined £90,000 ($127,377) by a U.K. regulator, which found the company illegally blasted out 4 million marketing emails to customers who had opted out of receiving them. Critics said the fine, which is nominal for the multi-national financial brand, isn’t likely to do much to deter Amex, or any other ...

  • Zeppelin ransomware comes back to life with updated versions

    May 24, 2021

    The developers of Zeppelin ransomware have resumed their activity after a period of relative silence that started last Fall and started to advertise new versions of the malware. A recent variant of the malware became available on a hacker forum at the end of last month, offering cybercriminals in the ransomware business complete independence. Zeppelin ransomware is ...

  • FBI Analyst Indicted for Theft of Osama bin Laden Threat Intel

    May 24, 2021

    An FBI analyst with top-secret security clearance illegally squirreled away national-security documents related to Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, cybersecurity and more in her home for years, the feds say. Kendra Kingsbury, who was working in the FBI’s Kansas City Division until being put on leave in December 2017, has been indicted by a federal grand jury ...