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  • NSA Publishes Advisory Addressing Encrypted Traffic Inspection TLCRisks

    November 19, 2019

    The National Security Agency (NSA) published an advisory that addresses the risks behind Transport Layer Security Inspection (TLSI) and provides mitigation measures for weakened security in organizations that use TLSI products. TLSI (aka TLS break and inspect) is the process through which enterprises can inspect encrypted traffic with the help of a dedicated product such as a proxy ...

  • Macy’s Suffers Data Breach by Magecart Cybercriminals

    November 19, 2019

    The department store Macy’s is warning that web skimmer malware was discovered on Macys.com collecting customers’ payment card information. The attack has been linked to Magecart, a notorious umbrella group made up of various cybercriminal affiliates that is known for injecting payment card skimmers into ecommerce websites. According to a data breach notice sent to customers, “an ...

  • Ransomware hits Louisiana state government systems

    November 19, 2019

    A ransomware infection today took down IT systems and websites managed by the Louisiana state government, Governor John Bel Edwards revealed in a series of tweets. “Today, we activated the state’s cybersecurity team in response to an attempted ransomware attack that is affecting some state servers. The Office of Technology Services identified a cybersecurity threat that ...

  • 400 Vet Locations Nipped by Ryuk Ransomware

    November 19, 2019

    National Veterinary Associates (NVA) has been hit with the Ryuk ransomware, in an attack that affects 400 clinics across the country. The California company said that it could take a week for its facilities to be fully back up and running normally. Patient records, payment systems and practice management software were all locked up in the ...

  • Interpol to support the breaking of end-to-end encryption

    November 18, 2019

    International police body Interpol has joined the growing list of law enforcement agencies that back the idea of breaking encrypted communications, echoing concerns that the technology protects criminals. Interpol is expected to argue later today that encryption frustrates criminal investigations and protects child sexual predators, and that tech companies should be doing more to allow law ...

  • Is agriculture at risk from cyber crime?

    November 18, 2019

    Most media coverage about cyber-crime shares horrendous examples of how individuals or families’ lives have been ruined by ruthless scams. This is no different in the agriculture sector. Cyber crime has become a major industry – and the cyber security industry has grown rapidly to tackle the scale of the problem. The Office of National Statistics estimates ...

  • New WhatsApp Bug Could Have Let Hackers Secretly Install Spyware On Your Devices

    November 16, 2019

    The vulnerability affects both consumers as well as enterprise apps of WhatsApp for all major platforms, including Google Android, Apple iOS, and Microsoft Windows. According to an advisory published by Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, the list of affected app versions are as follows: Android versions before 2.19.274 iOS versions before 2.19.100 Enterprise Client versions before 2.25.3 Windows Phone versions before and ...

  • Lizard Squad Threatens UK’s Labour Leader with Cyberattacks Against His Family

    November 15, 2019

    Lizard Squad, the well-known hacktivist cybergang, is pledging to mount personal cyberattacks on Britain’s Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. As the UK continues to be roiled by Brexit debate ahead of a Dec. 12 general election, the Labour Party said on Tuesday that it had been targeted by a “sophisticated and large-scale” cyberattack bent on taking ...

  • Stealthy Malware Flies Under AV Radar with Advanced Obfuscation

    November 15, 2019

    Researchers warn hackers are putting a new spin on old injection techniques and successfully end-running endpoint protection. They are tracking a campaign, that kicked off in January, that is still going strong exploiting weaknesses in web browsers. The objective is to hide in the background of infected systems in order to steal user passwords, track ...

  • AWS is challenging Microsoft’s $10 billion JEDI contract win

    November 14, 2019

    It’s not surprising, but as of today, November 14, it is official: Amazon AWS is protesting the U.S. Department of Defense’s award of its $10 billion cloud contract to Microsoft. AWS made the company’s decision to file paperwork to challenge the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) public inside the company during an all-hands meeting on November ...

  • APT33 Mounts Focused, Highly Targeted Botnet Attacks Against U.S. Victims

    November 14, 2019

    The Iran-linked, espionage-focused advanced threat group known as APT33 has been spotted using more than a dozen obfuscated botnets to carry out narrowly targeted attacks against government and academic targets in the Middle East, the U.S. and Asia. Each botnet, linked to its own command-and-control (C2) server, comprises a small group of up to a dozen ...

  • DDoS Attacks That Employ TCP Amplification Cause Network Congestion, Secondary Outages

    November 14, 2019

    Over the past month, threat actors have been using a relatively non-conventional approach to mount a flurry of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks: through TCP amplification. Security company Radware shared its observations on multiple campaigns involving Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) reflection attacks, specifically SYN-ACK reflection attacks, against companies across the world. The scope of the impact was ...

  • Labour Party says it has been hit by ‘large-scale cyber attack’

    November 12, 2019

    Labour says it has been hit by a “sophisticated and large-scale cyber attack” on its digital platforms. A party spokeswoman said the cyber attack “failed” because of their “robust security systems” and that she was confident no data breach occurred. “Security procedures have slowed down some of our campaign activities, but these were restored this morning and we ...

  • McAfee antivirus software impacted by code execution vulnerability

    November 12, 2019

    Researchers have revealed a serious code execution vulnerability impacting all editions of McAfee software. On Tuesday, the SafeBreach Labs cybersecurity team said that CVE-2019-3648 can be used to bypass McAfee’s self-defense mechanisms, potentially leading to further attacks on a compromised system. The vulnerability exists due to a failure to validate whether or not loading DLLs have been signed, and a path ...

  • Emotet resurgence packs in new binaries, Trickbot functions

    November 6, 2019

    Emotet, a Banking Trojan turned devastating modular threat, has returned with upgraded functions in a new wave of attacks. The malware, first discovered in 2014, has evolved over the past few years from a relatively basic, singular threat into a customizable modular package used to deploy additional payloads against financial institutions, the enterprise, and consumers worldwide. Emotet, believed to ...

  • Kaspersky identifies mysterious APT mentioned in 2017 Shadow Brokers leak

    November 5, 2019

    In 2017, a mysterious group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers published online a data dump called “Lost in Translation.” The data dump — believed to have been obtained from the US National Security Agency (NSA) — contained a collection of exploits and hacking tools, including the now-infamous EternalBlue, the exploit that provided the steam ...

  • Buran Ransomware; the Evolution of VegaLocker

    November 5, 2019

    McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research Team observed how a new ransomware family named ‘Buran’ appeared in May 2019. Buran works as a RaaS model like other ransomware families such as REVil, GandCrab (now defunct), Phobos, etc. The author(s) take 25% of the income earned by affiliates, instead of the 30% – 40%, numbers from notorious malware families ...

  • Canadian Nunavut government systems crippled by ransomware

    November 5, 2019

    Canadian government IT systems have been forced into lockdown after a successful ransomware attack. On Monday, government officials for the Nunavut region said that over the weekend, a “new and sophisticated type of ransomware” struck the territory. All government services — with the exception of an energy corporation — that rely on access to electronic information stored ...

  • Wizard Spider Upgrades Ryuk Ransomware to Reach Deep into LANs

    November 4, 2019

    The Ryuk ransomware has added two features to enhance its effectiveness: The ability to target systems that are in “standby” or sleep mode; and the use of Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) pinging to find drives on a company’s LAN. Both are employed after the initial network compromise of a victim organization. Ryuk, which is distributed by ...

  • Nemty Ransomware Expands Its Reach, Also Delivered by Trik Botnet

    November 4, 2019

    The Nemty ransomware (Ransom.Nemty), initially detected in August 2019, has increased its reach by partnering up with the Trik botnet (Trojan.Wortrik), which now delivers Nemty to compromised computers. Trik, also known as Phorpiex, has been around for approximately 10 years. In its early days, the malware self-propagated via removable USB drives, Windows Live Messenger, or Skype ...