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  • This ‘off the shelf’ Tor backdoor malware is now a firm favorite with ransomware operators

    December 17, 2020

    A Remote Access Trojan (RAT) on sale in underground forums has evolved to abuse Tor when maintaining persistence on infected machines. On Thursday, Sophos Labs’ Sivagnanam Gn and Sean Gallagher revealed ongoing research into the malware, which has been in the wild since 2019. Dubbed SystemBC, the RAT has evolved from acting as a virtual private network ...

  • Japan-Linked Organizations Targeted in Long-Running and Sophisticated Attack Campaign

    December 17, 2020

    A large-scale attack campaign is targeting multiple Japanese companies, including subsidiaries located in as many as 17 regions around the globe in a likely intelligence-gathering operation. Companies in multiple sectors are targeted in this campaign, including those operating in the automotive, pharmaceutical, and engineering sector, as well as managed service providers (MSPs). The scale and sophistication of ...

  • US IoT Improvement Act Becomes Law

    December 17, 2020

    After passing the House and Senate, H.R. 1668 or the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 was signed by US President Donald Trump last December 4, 2020. The law requires federal agencies to have cybersecurity requirements to all controlled and owned IoT devices. The bill had 26 co-sponsors with an almost equal number of Democrats and ...

  • New Goontact spyware discovered targeting Android and iOS users

    December 16, 2020

    Security researchers have discovered a new malware strain with spying and surveillance capabilities —also known as spyware— that is currently available in both Android and iOS versions. Named Goontact, this malware has the ability to collect from infected victims data such as phone identifiers, contacts, SMS messages, photos, and location information. Detected by mobile security firm Lookout, ...

  • Twitter fined by EU data protection watchdog for GDPR breach

    December 16, 2020

    Ireland’s Data Protection Commission fined Twitter €450,000 (~$550,000) for failing to notify the DPC of a breach within the 72-hour timeframe imposed by European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and to adequately document it. The GDPR is a user and data privacy regulation that came into effect in the EU on May 25, 2018, and ...

  • HPE discloses critical zero-day in server management software

    December 16, 2020

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has disclosed a zero-day bug in the latest versions of its proprietary HPE Systems Insight Manager (SIM) software for Windows and Linux. While security updates are not yet available for this remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability, HPE has provided Windows mitigation info and is working on addressing the zero-day. Zero-days are publicly disclosed ...

  • Firefox Patches Critical Mystery Bug, Also Impacting Google Chrome

    December 15, 2020

    A Mozilla Foundation update to the Firefox web browser, released Tuesday, tackles one critical vulnerability and a handful of high-severity bugs. The update, released as Firefox version 84, is also billed by Mozilla as boosting the browser’s performance and adding native support for macOS hardware running on its own Apple processors. In total, six high-severity flaws ...

  • 45 Million Medical Images Left Exposed Online

    December 15, 2020

    More than 45 million medical images—and the personally identifiable information (PII) and personal healthcare information (PHI) associated with them–have been left exposed online due to unsecured technology that’s typically used to store, send and receive medical data, new research has found. A team from CybelAngel Analyst Team uncovered sensitive medical records and images–including X-rays CT scans ...

  • Gitpaste-12 Worm Widens Set of Exploits in New Attacks

    December 15, 2020

    The Gitpaste-12 worm has returned in new attacks targeting web applications, IP cameras and routers, this time with an expanded set of exploits for initially compromising devices. First discovered in a round of late-October attacks that targeted Linux-based servers and internet-of-things (IoT) devices, the botnet utilizes GitHub and Pastebin for housing malicious component code, has at ...

  • Agent Tesla Keylogger Gets Data Theft and Targeting Update

    December 15, 2020

    Six-year-old keylogger malware called Agent Tesla has been updated again, this time with expanded targeting and improved data exfiltration features. Agent Tesla first came into the scene in 2014, specializing in keylogging (designed to record keystrokes made by a user in order to exfiltrate data like credentials and more) and data-stealing. Since then keylogger has only ...

  • Using MITRE ATT&CK to Identify an APT Attack

    December 15, 2020

    Security teams and researchers depend on publicly documented analyses of tools, routines, and behaviors to update themselves on the latest findings in the cybersecurity landscape. Published information serves as a reference for the known tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) to install defenses against advance persistent threats (APTs) and prevent attacks that are likely to occur ...

  • Threat Brief: SolarStorm and SUNBURST Customer Coverage

    December 14, 2020

    On Sunday, Dec. 13, FireEye released information related to a breach and data exfiltration originating from an unknown actor FireEye is calling UNC2452. Unit 42 tracks this and related activity as the group named SolarStorm, and has published an ATOM containing the observed techniques, IOCs and relevant courses of action in the Unit 42 ATOM ...

  • PyMICROPSIA: New Information-Stealing Trojan from AridViper

    December 14, 2020

    Unit 42 researchers have been tracking the threat group AridViper, which has been targeting the Middle Eastern region. As part of this research, a new information-stealing Trojan with relations to the MICROPSIA malware family has been identified, showing that the actor maintains a very active development profile, creating new implants that seek to bypass the ...

  • Highly Evasive Attacker Leverages SolarWinds Supply Chain to Compromise Multiple Global Victims With SUNBURST Backdoor

    December 13, 2020

    Executive Summary We have discovered a global intrusion campaign. We are tracking the actors behind this campaign as UNC2452. FireEye discovered a supply chain attack trojanizing SolarWinds Orion business software updates in order to distribute malware we call SUNBURST. The attacker’s post compromise activity leverages multiple techniques to evade detection and obscure their activity, but these efforts also ...

  • Suspected Russian hackers spied on U.S. Treasury emails – sources

    December 13, 2020

    Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments, according to people familiar with the matter, adding they feared the hacks uncovered so far may be the tip of the iceberg. The hack is so serious it led to a National Security Council meeting at ...

  • Intel’s Habana Labs hacked by Pay2Key ransomware, data stolen

    December 13, 2020

    Intel-owned AI processor developer Habana Labs has suffered a cyberattack where data was stolen and leaked by threat actors. Habana Labs is an Israeli developer of AI processors that accelerate artificial intelligence workloads in the datacenter. Intel purchased the company in December 2019 for approximately $2 billion. Today, the Pay2Key ransomware operation leaked data allegedly stolen from ...

  • Subway marketing system hacked to send TrickBot malware emails

    December 12, 2020

    Subway UK has disclosed that a hacked system used for marketing campaigns is responsible for the malware-laden phishing emails sent to customers yesterday. Starting yesterday, Subway UK customers received strange emails from ‘Subcard’ about a Subway order that was placed. Included in the email were links to documents allegedly containing confirmation of the order. After analyzing these ...

  • Former Cisco engineer sentenced to prison for deleting 16k Webex accounts

    December 12, 2020

    A former Cisco engineer was sentenced this week to 24 months in prison for accessing Cisco’s network without authorization after he left the company and then destroying servers that hosted infrastructure for the Cisco Webex Teams service. Sudhish Kasaba Ramesh, 31, of San Jose, was formally charged earlier this year in July and pleaded guilty a ...

  • Facebook doxes APT32, links Vietnam’s primary hacking group to local IT firm

    December 11, 2020

    In a surprising and unexpected announcement on Thursday, the Facebook security team has revealed the real identity of APT32, one of today’s most active state-sponsored hacking group, believed to be linked to the Vietnamese government. The company said it took this step after it detected APT32 using its platform to spread malware in attempts to infect ...

  • CISA and FBI warn of rise in ransomware attacks targeting K-12 schools

    December 11, 2020

    In a joint security alert published on Thursday, the US Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, warned about increased cyber-attacks targeting the US K-12 educational sector, often leading to ransomware attacks, the theft of data, and the disruption of distance learning services. “As of December 2020, the FBI, CISA, and ...