News – July 2020


  • Going Down the Spyware Rabbit Hole with SilkBean Mobile Malware

    July 22, 2020

    An Android spyware attack was recently discovered that targeted the Uyghur ethnic minority group – since 2013. In this in-depth Threatpost podcast Christoph Hebeisen, who leads the Security Intelligence Research Division at Lookout, shares a behind-the-scenes look at how his team discovered and tracked three never-before-seen surveillanceware tools, dubbed SilkBean, GoldenEagle and CarbonSteal. Read more… Source: ThreatPost  

  • Threat Brief: Microsoft DNS Server Wormable Vulnerability CVE-2020-1350

    July 21, 2020

    In July 2020, Microsoft released a security update, CVE-2020-1350 | Windows DNS Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability, for a new remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability. This vulnerability exists within the Microsoft Windows Domain Name System (DNS) Server due to the improper handling of certain types of requests, specifically over port 53/TCP. Exploitation of this vulnerability is ...

  • Hacker Infrastructure And Underground Hosting 101

    July 21, 2020

    In the cybercrime underground, a criminal’s hosting infrastructure serves as the foundation of their entire business model. It hosts anonymizing services for keeping their activities private, command-and-control (C&C) servers for taking advantage of victims’ machines, and discussion forums for communicating with other criminals. Criminal sellers provide services and infrastructures that other criminals need to execute ...

  • BadPower attack corrupts fast chargers to melt or set your device on fire

    July 20, 2020

    Chinese security researchers said they can alter the firmware of fast chargers to cause damage to connected (charging) systems, such as melt components, or even set devices on fire. The technique, named BadPower, was detailed last week in a report published by Xuanwu Lab, a research unit of Chinese tech giant Tencent. According to researchers, BadPower works ...

  • Two more cyber-attacks hit Israel’s water system

    July 20, 2020

    Two more cyber-attacks have hit Israel’s water management facilities, officials from the Water Authority said last week. Officials said the attacks took place last month, in June, and didn’t cause any damage to the attacked organizations. The first attack hit agricultural water pumps in upper Galilee, while the second one hit water pumps in the central province ...

  • Ransomware gang demands $7.5 million from Argentinian ISP

    July 20, 2020

    A ransomware gang has infected the internal network of Telecom Argentina, one of the country’s largest internet service providers, and is now asking for a $7.5 million ransom demand to unlock encrypted files. The incident took place over the weekend, on Saturday, July 18, and is considered one of Argentina’s biggest hacks. Sources inside the ISP said ...

  • Emotet-TrickBot malware duo is back infecting Windows machines

    July 20, 2020

    After awakening last week and starting to send spam worldwide, Emotet is now once again installing the TrickBot trojan on infected Windows computers. On July 17th, 2020, after over five months of inactivity, the Emotet Trojan woke up and started massive spam campaigns pretending to be payment reports, invoices, shipping information, and employment opportunities. These spam emails ...

  • Windows 10 Store ‘wsreset’ tool lets attackers bypass antivirus

    July 20, 2020

    A technique that exploits Windows 10 Microsoft Store called ‘wsreset.exe’ can delete bypass antivirus protection on a host without being detected. Wsreset.exe is a legitimate troubleshooting tool that lets users diagnose problems with the Windows Store and reset its cache. Pentester and researcher Daniel Gebert has discovered that wsreset.exe can be abused to delete arbitrary files. As wsreset.exe ...

  • Twitter Hack Update: What We Know (and What We Don’t)

    July 17, 2020

    Earlier this week, Twitter locked down thousands of verified accounts, including the accounts of Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Apple, Uber and others, after it became clear that hackers had been able to compromise them. The tip-off? Suddenly these high-profile accounts were all tweeting out identical links to a cryptocurrency scam. But what exactly happened? ...

  • Thousands of Vulnerable F5 BIG-IP Users Still Open to Takeover

    July 17, 2020

    About 8,000 users of F5 Networks’ BIG-IP family of networking devices are still vulnerable to full system access and remote code-execution (RCE), despite a patch for a critical flaw being available for two weeks. The BIG-IP family consists of application delivery controllers, Local Traffic Managers (LTMs) and domain name system (DNS) managers, together offering built-in security, ...

  • Emotet spam trojan surges back to life after 5 months of silence

    July 17, 2020

    After months of inactivity, the notorious Emotet spamming trojan has come alive again as it spews out a massive campaign of malicious emails targeting users worldwide. Emotet is a malware infection that spreads through spam emails containing malicious Word or Excel documents. These documents utilize macros to download and install the Emotet Trojan on a victim’s ...

  • 3 Vulnerabilities Found on AvertX IP Cameras

    July 17, 2020

    On February 24, 2020, Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 researchers found vulnerabilities present in AvertX IP cameras running the latest firmware. Three vulnerabilities were found in AvertX IP cameras with model number HD838 and 438IR, as confirmed by AvertX. These products are surveillance cameras intended to be used outdoors with infrared and object detection technology built-in. ...

  • Updates on ThiefQuest, the Quickly-Evolving macOS Malware

    July 17, 2020

    Right as July of this year began, we noticed an emerging malware dubbed by most as ThiefQuest (also known as EvilQuest), a threat that targets macOS devices, encrypts files, and installs keyloggers in affected systems. It has been found in pirated versions of macOS shared on popular torrent sites. Developments on the malware have been ...

  • Threat Actors Introduce Unique ‘Newbie’ Hacker Forum

    July 16, 2020

    A well-known private hacking forum has recently become more inclusive, introducing a new platform to help newbie threat actors flourish and hone their expertise, research has found. The discovery is unique, as private hacker forums tend to be the exclusive province of elite cybercriminals. Digital Shadows on Thursday published a report that takes a deep dive into CryptBB, ...

  • Iranian cyberspies leave training videos exposed online

    July 16, 2020

    One of Iran’s top hacking groups has left a server exposed online where security researchers say they found a trove of screen recordings showing the hackers in action. Discovered by IBM’s X-Force cyber-security division, researchers believe the videos are tutorials the Iranian group was using to train new recruits. According to X-Force analysts, the videos were recorded ...

  • Russian hackers tried to steal coronavirus vaccine – UK accuses Putin’s secretive spy team

    July 16, 2020

    The UK Government has released a joint statement with the US and Canada claiming Moscow has sought to infiltrate research from pharmaceutical companies and universities. It is believed Cozy Bear, a group linked to the Russian government, have sought to steal the information to help the country’s own efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The sophisticated ...

  • LokiBot Redux Attacks Massive List of Common Android Apps

    July 16, 2020

    Researchers have discovered a new variant of the LokiBot trojan called BlackRock, that’s attacking not just financial and banking apps, but also a massive list of well-known and commonly used brand-name apps on Android devices. The apps targeted include:  Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Grinder, Instagram, Netflix, PlayStation, Reddit, Skype, Snapchat, TikTok, Tinder,  Tumblr, Twitter, Uber and VK, ...

  • New BlackRock Android malware can steal passwords and card data from 337 apps

    July 16, 2020

    A new Android malware strain has emerged in the criminal underworld that comes equipped with a wide range of data theft capabilities allowing it to target a whopping 337 Android applications. Named BlackRock, this new threat emerged in May this year and was discovered from mobile security firm ThreatFabric. Researchers say the malware was based on the ...

  • Diebold Nixdorf warns of a new class of ATM ‘black box’ attacks across Europe

    July 16, 2020

    ATM maker Diebold Nixdorf is warning banks of a new type of ATM “black box” attack that was recently spotted used across Europe. ATM “black box” attacks are a type of jackpotting attack — when cybercriminals make an ATM spit out cash. A jackpotting attack can be executed with malware installed on an ATM, or by ...

  • Major US Twitter accounts hacked in Bitcoin scam

    July 16, 2020

    Billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates are among many prominent US figures targeted by hackers on Twitter in an apparent Bitcoin scam. The official accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Kanye West also requested donations in the cryptocurrency. “Everyone is asking me to give back,” a tweet from Mr Gates’ account said. “You send ...