News – August 2023


  • Attackers Distribute Malware via Freeze.rs And SYK Crypter

    August 9, 2023

    FortiGuard Labs recently detected a new injector written in Rust—one of the fastest-growing programming languages—to inject shellcode and introduce XWorm into a victim’s environment. While Rust is relatively uncommon in malware development, several campaigns have adopted this language since 2019, including Buer loader, Hive, and RansomExx. FortiGuard Labs analysis also revealed a significant increase in injector ...

  • Personal data of at least 26,212 people accessed in ransomware attack, Dallas tells state

    August 9, 2023

    Computer hackers accessed the personal information of at least 26,212 Texans in the recent ransomware attack on the city of Dallas, according to an official disclosure made public Monday on the Texas attorney general’s web site, three months after the breach. The city’s notice to the attorney general’s office says the data breach included names, addresses, ...

  • Paracetamol maker Granules India’ Q1 profit hurt by cyber attack disruptions

    August 9, 2023

    Granules India Ltd the maker of paracetamol and ibuprofen pain relievers, reported a 62.5% fall in first-quarter profit on Wednesday, as a cyber security incident significantly disrupted operations. The generic drug maker’s consolidated net profit tumbled to 478.9 million rupees ($5.8 million) in the April-June quarter, from 1.27 billion rupees a year earlier. Granules faced a ...

  • Northern Ireland police data breach is second in weeks, force reveals

    August 9, 2023

    On Wednesday, PSNI revealed an earlier data breach: a police-issue laptop, documents and a spreadsheet identifying more than 200 staffers were stolen from a private vehicle in Newtownabbey, near Belfast, on July 6th. “We have contacted the officers and staff concerned to make them aware of the incident and an initial notification has been made to ...

  • Cyber Security & Cloud Expo Europe 2023 – Less Than Two Months To Go

    August 9, 2023

    Save the date and get ready for one of the most anticipated events in the tech and cyber community – Cyber Security & Cloud Expo Europe! This year’s expo will take place on 26-27 September at the renowned RAI Amsterdam, bringing together over 6,000 attendees from around the globe to explore the latest trends and innovations ...

  • Northern Ireland: Major data breach identifies thousands of police officers and civilian staff

    August 8, 2023

    The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has apologised for mistakenly revealing details of all its 10,000 staff. NI’s Police Federation said the breach could cause “incalculable damage”. In response to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, the PSNI had shared names of all police and civilian personnel, where they were based and their roles. The ...

  • UK Elections watchdog targeted by cyber attack which left voters’ details exposed

    August 8, 2023

    Details of tens of millions of voters could have been accessed by hackers who targeted the elections watchdog. The Electoral Commission revealed on Tuesday it was targeted by a cyber attack which allowed “hostile actors” to access electoral registers. The hack allowed the attackers to access reference copies of electoral registers which contained the name and addresses ...

  • Clustering attacker behavior reveals hidden patterns

    August 8, 2023

    A collection of very specific behaviors, observed by Sophos X-Ops incident response analysts in the lead-up to four separate ransomware attacks in the first quarter of 2023, indicates an unexpected connection between the attacks. In the parlance of the Managed Detection and Response (MDR) team, the peculiarly similar details constitute a threat activity cluster that ...

  • New cyberattack method: tracking typing remotely via keyboard sounds

    August 7, 2023

    A group of British cybersecurity researchers has figured out a novel new attack method: recording the sound a computer keyboard makes. The researcher took recordings using a nearby smartphone of typists and used it to train a sound classification model, achieving accuracies of 95% to suss out the actual keys pressed. They call this an acoustic side ...

  • Code leaks are causing an influx of new ransomware actors

    August 7, 2023

    Ransomware gangs are consistently rebranding or merging with other groups, as highlighted in our 2022 Year in Review, or these actors work for multiple ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) outfits at a time, and new groups are always emerging. This trend is already continuing this year. Since 2021, there have been multiple leaks of ransomware source code and builders ...