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  • Apple patches macOS flaw exploited by malware to secretly snap screenshots

    May 24, 2021

    Apple has patched a hole in macOS that has been exploited by malware to secretly take screenshots on victims’ Macs. The security flaw can also be potentially abused to access files and record video and audio from the computer. The iGiant has also released iOS and iPadOS 14.6, which fixes 43 CVE-listed security flaws and adding ...

  • Air India cyber-attack: Data of millions of customers compromised

    May 22, 2021

    India’s national airline Air India has said a cyber-attack on its data servers affected about 4.5 million customers around the world. The breach was first reported to the company in February. Details including passport and ticket information as well as credit-card data were compromised. But Air India said security details for credit cards – CVV or CVC ...

  • Here’s how we got persistent shell access on a Boeing 747 – Pen Test Partners

    May 21, 2021

    Researchers from infosec biz Pen Test Partners established a persistent shell on an in-flight entertainment (IFE) system from a Boeing 747 airliner after exploiting a vulnerability dating back to 1999. It’s an attack that’s more of a curiosity than anything else: it’s too difficult to pull off during an actual flight, and it’s rare these days ...

  • Florida water treatment plant was involved in second security incident before poisoning attempt: report

    May 21, 2021

    A new study from Dragos has found that a water treatment plant in Oldsmar, Florida — where hackers attempted to poison the town’s water earlier this year — was also involved in another potential breach at the same time. A browser being used on the plant’s network was traced back to a “watering hole” attack that ...

  • Phorpiex malware botnet just won’t go away

    May 21, 2021

    The Phorpiex malware botnet has lurked around the internet for years and is used to deliver ransomware, spam email and more, but now Microsoft’s security team are taking a closer look at it. The botnet has been known for using old-fashioned worms that spread via removable USB drives and instant messaging apps, began diversifying its infrastructure ...

  • US insurance giant CNA Financial paid $40 million ransom to regain control of systems: report

    May 21, 2021

    One of the largest insurance companies in the United States, CNA Financial, reportedly agreed to a $40 million payment to restore access to its systems following a ransomware attack. According to Bloomberg, the $40 million payment — which is $10 million more than the highest attempted demand of $30 million in 2020, already double the highest ...

  • Apple Exec Calls Level of Mac Malware ‘Unacceptable’

    May 20, 2021

    Apple is using the growing threat of malware on its Mac platform as a defense in a lawsuit that could force the company to open up new channels of applications for its mobile iOS platform. In testimony in a California court Wednesday, Apple head of software engineering, Craig Federighi called the level of malware threat against ...

  • Open Source Vulnerabilities Converging DevOps & SecOps

    May 20, 2021

    Workplace evolution is in favor of traditional siloes being torn down and replaced with increased cross-functional collaboration, working in lockstep to deliver better outcomes. But it is not as easy as it sounds. Security and development teams have historically worked in siloes, which has created a long- standing disconnect between them. Both teams are responsible for ...

  • FBI: Conti Ransomware Attacks Impact Healthcare and First Responder Networks

    May 20, 2021

    The FBI identified at least 16 Conti ransomware attacks targeting US healthcare and first responder networks, including law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, 9-1-1 dispatch centers, and municipalities within the last year. These healthcare and first responder networks are among the more than 400 organizations worldwide victimized by Conti, over 290 of which are located in the U.S. ...

  • Microsoft: Massive malware campaign delivers fake ransomware

    May 20, 2021

    A massive malware campaign pushed the Java-based STRRAT remote access trojan (RAT), known for its data theft capabilities and the ability to fake ransomware attacks. In a series of tweets, the Microsoft Security Intelligence team outlined how this “massive email campaign” spread the fake ransomware payloads using compromised email accounts. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Conti ransomware gives HSE Ireland free decryptor, still selling data

    May 20, 2021

    The Conti ransomware gang has released a free decryptor for Ireland’s health service, the HSE, but warns that they will still sell or release the stolen data. Ireland’s HSE, the country’s publicly funded healthcare system, and the Department of Health were attacked by the Conti ransomware gang last Friday. Read more… Source:  Bleeping Computer  

  • Healthcare organizations in Ireland, New Zealand and Canada facing intrusions and ransomware attacks

    May 20, 2021

    Three healthcare institutions in Canada, Ireland and New Zealand are in the midst of security incidents this week, highlighting the perilous cybersecurity landscape within some of the world’s most important organizations. Ireland’s Department of Health was attacked twice in the last week, eventually shutting down their entire IT system after a ransomware attack last Thursday. The ...

  • Android apps exposed data of millions of users through cloud authentication failures

    May 20, 2021

    Researchers analyzing Android apps have discovered serious cloud misconfigurations leading to the potential exposure of data belonging to over 100 million users. In a report published on Thursday by Check Point Research, the cybersecurity firm said no less than 23 popular mobile apps contained a variety of “misconfigurations of third party cloud services.” Cloud services are widely ...

  • BazarCall: Call Centers Help Spread BazarLoader Malware

    May 19, 2021

    BazarLoader (sometimes referred to as BazaLoader) is malware that provides backdoor access to an infected Windows host. After a client is infected, criminals use this backdoor access to send follow-up malware, scan the environment and exploit other vulnerable hosts on the network. The threat actor behind BazarLoader uses different methods to distribute this malware to potential ...

  • Hackers scan for vulnerable devices minutes after bug disclosure

    May 19, 2021

    Every hour, a threat actor starts a new scan on the public web for vulnerable systems, moving at a quicker pace than global enterprises when trying to identify serious vulnerabilities on their networks. The adversaries’ efforts increase significantly when critical vulnerabilities emerge, with new internet-wide scans happening within minutes from the disclosure. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Qlocker ransomware shuts down after extorting hundreds of QNAP users

    May 19, 2021

    The Qlocker ransomware gang has shut down their operation after earning $350,000 in a month by exploiting vulnerabilities in QNAP NAS devices. Starting on April 19th, QNAP NAS device owners worldwide suddenly discovered that their device’s files were replaced by password-protected 7-zip archives. Read more… Source:  Bleeping Computer  

  • Windows PoC Exploit Released for Wormable RCE

    May 19, 2021

    A researcher has released a proof-of-concept (PoC) exploit for CVE-2021-31166, a use-after-free, highly critical vulnerability in the HTTP protocol stack (http.sys) that could lead to wormable remote code execution (RCE). Microsoft discovered the flaw internally, releasing a patch in its May 11 Patch Tuesday update. This was the most severe bug in that batch: an http.sys ...

  • May Android security updates patch 4 zero-days exploited in the wild

    May 19, 2021

    According to info provided by Google’s Project Zero team, four Android security vulnerabilities were exploited in the wild as zero-day bugs before being patched earlier this month. Attacks attempting to exploit these flaws were targeted and impacted a limited number of users based on information shared after this month’s Android security updates were published. Read more… Source: Bleeping ...

  • How Myanmar’s military moved in on the telecoms sector to spy on citizens

    May 19, 2021

    In the months before the Myanmar military’s Feb. 1 coup, the country’s telecom and internet service providers were ordered to install intercept spyware that would allow the army to eavesdrop on the communications of citizens, sources with direct knowledge of the plan told Reuters. The technology gives the military the power to listen in on calls, ...

  • Legislation to secure critical systems against cyberattacks moves forward in the House

    May 18, 2021

    Multiple bills meant to secure critical infrastructure against cyber threats were approved by the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday afternoon, just a week after a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline caused fuel shortages across the nation. The committee unanimously approved the Pipeline Security Act, introduced last week by Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and a ...