News – August 2023


  • What’s happening in the world of crimeware: Emotet, DarkGate and LokiBot

    August 3, 2023

    The malware landscape keeps evolving. New families are born, while others disappear. Some families are short-lived, while others remain active for quite a long time. In order to follow this evolution, Kaspersky researchers rely both on samples that they detect and their monitoring efforts, which cover botnets and underground forums. While doing so, the researchers found ...

  • Terrorism and cyber attack warning as 25 biggest threats facing Ireland revealed

    August 3, 2023

    Ireland faces an increased threat from terrorism and cyber-attacks – because we spend so little money on defence, the government has admitted. This year’s national risk assessment also finds that Ireland faces 25 different potential threats – from terrorism to financial instability, as well as climate change, AI and even housing problems. Read more… Source: Irish Mirror  

  • Cyberattacks targeting utility firms at ‘alarmingly high levels’

    August 2, 2023

    Utility firms such as electricity providers have become the new frontier for cyberattacks, reaching “alarmingly high levels” last year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine gave fresh impetus to cyber criminals to attack electricity grids and demand ransoms from energy companies scarcely able to defend themselves due to a cybersecurity ...

  • FBI was using advanced hacking software despite White House ban

    August 2, 2023

    Since November of 2021, US-based companies have been barred from doing business with the NSO Group, an Israeli research firm behind some of the most advanced hacking tools the tech world has ever seen. Come to find out, a New York Times investigation from this past April revealed that a US government agency was actively using ...

  • Transcending Silos: Improving Collaboration Between Threat Intelligence and Cyber Risk

    August 2, 2023

    Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) and risk management have emerged as distinct disciplines, yet they share many similarities in their mission. Both approaches inform decision-making by providing high-quality insight on the most relevant threats and risks impacting organizations. Although risk and CTI teams approach this challenge from different vantage points, their underlying shared mission creates exciting ...

  • Midnight Blizzard conducts targeted social engineering over Microsoft Teams

    August 2, 2023

    Microsoft Threat Intelligence has identified highly targeted social engineering attacks using credential theft phishing lures sent as Microsoft Teams chats by the threat actor that Microsoft tracks as Midnight Blizzard (previously tracked as NOBELIUM). This latest attack, combined with past activity, further demonstrates Midnight Blizzard’s ongoing execution of their objectives using both new and common ...

  • Sha zhu pan scam uses AI chat tool to target iPhone and Android users

    August 2, 2023

    Over the past two years, we have been tracking a variety of scams targeting mobile device users, generally referred to as “shā zhū pán” (杀猪盘, which translates as “butcher plate”) or “Pig Butchering.” This includes a category we labelled as “CryptoRom” when we initially investigated it in 2020, because of its two distinguishing characteristics—a focus on ...

  • UT Dallas joins national effort to respond to cyber attacks on public infrastructure

    August 1, 2023

    UT Dallas last week announced it’s joining a nationwide collaboration to research how to make network-connected infrastructure — including self-driving cars, drones and Wi-Fi-connected trains — more resilient to cyber attacks. The Richardson-based university joins eight others selected for the National Center for Transportation Cybersecurity and Resiliency, or TraCR, led by Clemson University in South Carolina. ...

  • CISA and International Partner NCSC-NO Release Joint Cybersecurity Advisory on Threat Actors Exploiting Ivanti EPMM Vulnerabilities

    August 1, 2023

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Norwegian National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-NO) have released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA), Threat Actors Exploiting Ivanti EPMM Vulnerabilities, in response to the active exploitation of CVE-2023-35078 and CVE-2023-35081 affecting Ivanti Endpoint Manager Mobile (EPMM) (formerly known as MobileIron Core). Threat actors can chain these vulnerabilities to ...

  • NodeStealer 2.0 – The Python Version: Stealing Facebook Business Accounts

    August 1, 2023

    Unit 42 researchers have recently discovered a previously unreported phishing campaign that distributed an infostealer equipped to fully take over Facebook business accounts. Facebook business accounts were targeted with a phishing lure offering tools such as spreadsheet templates for business. This is part of a growing trend of threat actors targeting Facebook business accounts – for ...