News – December 2020


  • Law enforcement take down three bulletproof VPN providers

    December 22, 2020

    Law enforcement agencies from the US, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands have seized this week the web domains and server infrastructure of three VPN services that provided a safe haven for cybercriminals to attack their victims. The three services were active at insorg.org , and safe-inet.net before the domains were seized ...

  • FBI warns of ongoing COVID-19 vaccine related fraud schemes

    December 22, 2020

    US federal agencies have warned about scammers exploiting the public’s interest in the COVID-19 vaccine to harvest personal information and steal money through multiple ongoing and emerging fraud schemes. The warning was issued earlier today through the FBI National Press Office by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Health and Human Services Office ...

  • Holiday Puppy Swindle Has Consumers Howling

    December 22, 2020

    Puppy photos are undeniably irresistible but beware; researchers have uncovered a scheme selling fake German Shepherd puppies for Bitcoin, leaving buyers crushed and without a tiny fuzzy friend to cuddle on Christmas morning. The scam was discovered by an intrepid researcher at Anomali, who got wind of the fake puppy offer and decided to investigate. Image: ThreatPost Read ...

  • Partial lists of organizations infected with Sunburst malware released online

    December 21, 2020

    Multiple security researchers and research teams have published over the weekend lists ranging from 100 to 280 organizations that installed a trojanized version of the SolarWinds Orion platform and had their internal systems infected with the Sunburst malware. The list includes the names of tech companies, local governments, universities, hospitals, banks, and telecom providers. The biggest names ...

  • Protecting Against an Unfixed Kubernetes Man-in-the-Middle Vulnerability (CVE-2020-8554)

    December 21, 2020

    On Dec. 4, 2020, the Kubernetes Product Security Committee disclosed a new Kubernetes vulnerability assigned CVE-2020-8554. It is a medium severity issue affecting all Kubernetes versions and is currently unpatched. CVE-2020-8554 is a design flaw that allows Kubernetes Services to intercept cluster traffic to any IP address. Users who can manage services can exploit the ...

  • The future of cyberconflicts

    December 21, 2020

    The ever-increasing role of technology in every aspect of our society has turned cybersecurity into a major sovereignty issue for all states. Due to their asymmetrical nature, offensive cyber-capabilities have been embraced by many countries that wouldn’t otherwise have the resources to compete on a military or economic level with the most powerful nations of ...

  • Zero-click iOS zero-day found deployed against Al Jazeera employees

    December 20, 2020

    At least 36 Al Jazeera journalists, producers, anchors, and executives, along with a journalist at London-based Al Araby TV, had their iPhones hacked using a no-user-interaction zero-day vulnerability in the iOS iMessage app, an academic research group said today. Citizen Lab, a cybersecurity and human rights abuse research group at the University of Toronto, said the ...

  • Sunburst: connecting the dots in the DNS requests

    December 19, 2020

    On December 13, 2020 FireEye published important details of a newly discovered supply chain attack. An unknown attacker, referred to as UNC2452 or DarkHalo planted a backdoor in the SolarWinds Orion IT software. This backdoor, which comes in the form of a .NET module, has some really interesting and rather unique features. We spent the past ...

  • Stealthy Magecart malware mistakenly leaks list of hacked stores

    December 19, 2020

    A list of dozens of online stores hacked by a web skimming group was inadvertently leaked by a dropper used to deploy a stealthy remote access trojan (RAT) on compromised e-commerce sites. The threat actors use this RAT for maintaining persistence and for regaining access to the servers of hacked online shops. Once they connect to the ...

  • Microsoft Caught Up in SolarWinds Spy Effort, Joining Federal Agencies

    December 18, 2020

    Microsoft has become the latest victim of the ever-widening SolarWinds-driven cyberattack that has impacted rafts of federal agencies and tech targets. Its president, Brad Smith, warned late Thursday to expect many more victims to come to light as investigations continue. Adversaries were able to use SolarWinds’ Orion network management platform to infect users with a stealth ...

  • Negasteal Uses Hastebin for Fileless Delivery of Crysis Ransomware

    December 18, 2020

    Trend Micro researchers have recently encountered a Negasteal (also known as Agent Tesla) variant that used hastebin for the fileless delivery of the Crysis (also known as Dharma) ransomware. This is the first time that we have observed Negasteal with a ransomware payload. Only a few months ago, Deep Instinct published the first reported case of ...

  • Cryptologists Crack Zodiac Killer’s 340 Cipher

    December 17, 2020

    A remote team of three hobbyist cryptologists have solved one of the Zodiac Killer’s cipher after a half century. And while the name of the elusive serial killer remains hidden, the breakthrough represents a triumph for cryptology and the basic building blocks of cybersecurity — access control and segmentation. The Zodiac serial killer is believed to ...

  • SUPERNOVA: SolarStorm’s Novel .NET Webshell

    December 17, 2020

    The SolarStorm actors behind the supply chain attack on SolarWinds’ Orion software have demonstrated a high degree of technical sophistication and attention to operational security, as well as a novel combination of techniques in the potential compromise of approximately 18,000 SolarWinds customers. As published in the original disclosure, the attackers were observed removing their initial ...

  • FireEye, Microsoft create kill switch for SolarWinds backdoor

    December 17, 2020

    Microsoft, FireEye, and GoDaddy have collaborated to create a kill switch for the SolarWinds Sunburst backdoor that forces the malware to terminate itself. This past weekend it was revealed that Russian state-sponsored hackers breached SolarWinds and added malicious code to a Windows DLL file used by their Orion IT monitoring platform. This malicious DLL is a backdoor ...

  • 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 ...