News – January 2021


  • Disgruntled Former Employee Disrupted Shipments of Needed PPE During Pandemic

    January 6, 2021

    When the COVID-19 pandemic reached the United States last spring, a Georgia-based medical equipment packaging company worked to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical workers treating sick patients. But a disgruntled former employee thwarted those efforts at a time when protective equipment was desperately needed. Christopher Dobbins, a vice-president in the company who’d been fired a ...

  • JetBrains denies being involved in SolarWinds hack

    January 6, 2021

    Czech software development firm JetBrains published a statement today denying reports from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal claiming that JetBrains is under investigation for possibly being involved in the SolarWinds hack that impacted thousands of companies across the globe. The reports, citing government sources, said that US officials are looking at a ...

  • Australian cybersecurity agency used as cover in malware campaign

    January 5, 2021

    The Australian government warns of an ongoing campaign impersonating the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) to infect targets with malware. Scammers coordinating these attacks are also actively attempting to convince potential victims to install remote administration and desktop sharing software with the end goal of stealing the targets’ banking information. “The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) warns ...

  • Cyberattacks on Healthcare Spike 45% Since November

    January 5, 2021

    As COVID-19 ravages international healthcare systems, cybercriminals have decided to leverage the increasingly dire circumstances to squeeze a few bucks out of the human suffering. According to new findings from Check Point Software, healthcare organizations have seen a 45-percent increase in cyberattacks since November, which is more than double other industry sectors, which a average 22-percent ...

  • Babuk Locker is the first new enterprise ransomware of 2021

    January 5, 2021

    t’s a new year, and with it comes a new ransomware called Babuk Locker that targets corporate victims in human-operated attacks. Babuk Locker is a new ransomware operation that launched at the beginning of 2021 and has since amassed a small list of victims from around the world. From ransom negotiations with victims seen by BleepingComputer, demands ...

  • US government formally blames Russia for SolarWinds hack

    January 5, 2021

    Four US cyber-security agencies, including the FBI, CISA, ODNI, and the NSA, have released a joint statement today formally accusing the Russian government of orchestrating the SolarWinds supply chain attack. US officials said that “an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actor, likely Russian in origin” was responsible for the SolarWinds hack, which officials described as “an intelligence ...

  • Telegram Triangulation Pinpoints Users’ Exact Locations

    January 5, 2021

    A feature that allows Telegram users to see who’s nearby can be misused to pinpoint your exact distance to other users – by spoofing one’s latitude and longitude. According to bug-hunter Ahmed Hassan, the “People Nearby” feature could allow an attacker to triangulate the location of unsuspecting Telegram users. The feature is disabled by default, but ...

  • Italian mobile operator offers to replace SIM cards after massive data breach

    January 5, 2021

    Ho Mobile, an Italian mobile operator, owned by Vodafone, has confirmed a massive data breach on Monday and is now taking the rare step of offering to replace the SIM cards of all affected customers. The breach is believed to have impacted roughly 2.5 million customers. It first came to light last month on December 28 when ...

  • Major Gaming Companies Hit with Ransomware Linked to APT27

    January 5, 2021

    A recent slew of related ransomware attacks on top videogame companies has been associated with the notorious Chinese-linked APT27 threat group, suggesting that the advanced persistent threat (APT) is swapping up its historically espionage centralized tactics to adopt ransomware, a new report says. Researchers noticed the “strong links” to APT27 when they were brought in as ...

  • Singapore police had used COVID-19 contact tracing data in murder probe

    January 5, 2021

    The Singapore government has defended its decision to allow the police to access the country’s COVID-19 contact tracing data when necessary, in order to safeguard public safety and interest. It reveals that data collected via the TraceTogether platform already has been tapped at least once to assist in a homicide investigation. Its defence came a day ...

  • ElectroRAT Drains Cryptocurrency Wallet Funds of Thousands

    January 5, 2021

    A new remote access tool (RAT) has been discovered being used in an extensive campaign. The attack has targeted cryptocurrency users in an attempt to collect their private keys and ultimately to drain their wallets. The never-before-seen RAT at the center of the campaign, which researchers dub ElectroRAT, is written in the Go programming language and ...

  • Malware uses WiFi BSSID for victim identification

    January 4, 2021

    Malware operators who want to know the location of the victims they infect usually rely on a simple technique where they grab the victim’s IP address and check it against an IP-to-geo database like MaxMind’s GeoIP to get a victim’s approximate geographical location. While the technique isn’t very accurate, it is still the most reliable method ...

  • Beware: PayPal phishing texts state your account is ‘limited’

    January 3, 2021

    A PayPal text message phishing campaign is underway that attempts to steal your account credentials and other sensitive information that can be used for identity theft. When PayPal detects suspicious or fraudulent activity on an account, the account will have its status set to “limited,” which will put temporary restrictions on withdrawing, sending, or receiving money. Read ...

  • Backdoor account discovered in more than 100,000 Zyxel firewalls, VPN gateways

    January 2, 2021

    More than 100,000 Zyxel firewalls, VPN gateways, and access point controllers contain a hardcoded admin-level backdoor account that can grant attackers root access to devices via either the SSH interface or the web administration panel. The backdoor account, discovered by a team of Dutch security researchers from Eye Control, is considered as bad as it gets ...