News – July 2021


  • France warns of APT31 cyberspies targeting French organizations

    July 21, 2021

    Today, the French national cyber-security agency warned of an ongoing series of attacks against a large number of French organizations coordinated by the Chinese-backed APT31 hacking group. “It appears from our investigations that the threat actor uses a network of compromised home routers as operational relay boxes in order to perform stealth reconnaissance as well as ...

  • StrongPity APT Group Deploys Android Malware for the First Time

    July 21, 2021

    We recently conducted an investigation into a malicious Android malware sample, which we believe can be attributed to the StrongPity APT group, that was posted on the Syrian e-Gov website. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the group has been publicly observed using malicious Android applications as part of ...

  • DHS Announces New Cybersecurity Requirements for Critical Pipeline Owners and Operators

    July 20, 2021

    WASHINGTON – Today, in response to the ongoing cybersecurity threat to pipeline systems, DHS’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the issuance of a second Security Directive that requires owners and operators of TSA-designated critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas to implement a number of urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions. “The lives and ...

  • Fortinet fixes bug letting unauthenticated hackers run code as root

    July 20, 2021

    Fortinet has released updates for its FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer network management solutions to fix a serious vulnerability that could be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the highest privileges. Both FortiManager and FortiAnalyzer are enterprise-grade network management solutions for environments with up to 100,000 devices. They are available as a physical appliance, as a virtual machine, ...

  • Law firm Campbell Conroy & O’Neil warned clients of ransomware data breach

    July 20, 2021

    Law firm Campbell Conroy & O’Neil has warned of a breach from late February which may have exposed data from the company’s lengthy client list of big-name corporations including Apple and IBM. The breach, which was discovered on 27 February 2021 when a ransomware infection blocked access to selected files on the company’s internal systems, has ...

  • TeamTNT Campaigns Emphasize Importance of Addressing Cloud Security Gaps

    July 20, 2021

    Having covered TeamTNT in several of our blog entries over the past couple of years, we embarked on a research that encompasses the malicious actor group’s campaigns, tools, and techniques in 2020 and early 2021. Although believed to have been active since 2011, TeamTNT stayed under the radar for many years before exploding onto the scene ...

  • Safeguarding Critical Infrastructure Against Threats From The People’s Republic Of China

    July 19, 2021

    As today’s announcement from the White House indicates, the cyber threat from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) continues to evolve and poses a real risk to the nation’s critical infrastructure, as well as businesses and organization of all sizes at home and around the world. CISA regularly shares actionable information to help security professionals ...

  • Saudi Aramco data breach sees 1 TB stolen data for sale

    July 19, 2021

    Attackers have stolen 1 TB of proprietary data belonging to Saudi Aramco and are offering it for sale on the darknet. The Saudi Arabian Oil Company, better known as Saudi Aramco, is one of the largest public petroleum and natural gas companies in the world. The oil giant employs over 66,000 employees and brings in almost $230 ...

  • iPhones running latest iOS hacked to deploy NSO Group spyware

    July 19, 2021

    Human rights non-governmental organization Amnesty International and non-profit project Forbidden Stories revealed in a recent report that they found spyware made by Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group deployed on iPhones running Apple’s latest iOS release, hacked using zero-day zero-click iMessage exploits. “Amnesty International has observed evidence of compromise of the iPhone XR of an Indian journalist ...

  • CISA: Chinese State-Sponsored Cyber Operations – Observed TTPs

    July 19, 2021

    The National Security Agency, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assess that People’s Republic of China state-sponsored malicious cyber activity is a major threat to U.S. and Allied cyberspace assets. Chinese state-sponsored cyber actors aggressively target U.S. and allied political, economic, military, educational, and critical infrastructure (CI) personnel and ...

  • iPhone WiFi bug morphs into zero-click hacking, but there’s a fix

    July 19, 2021

    Security researchers investigating a bug that crashed the Wifi service on iPhones found that it could be exploited for remote code execution without user interaction. When initially disclosed, the bug could disable an iPhone’s WiFi connection after trying to connect to a network with a name (SSID) that included a special character. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • UK and White House blame China for Microsoft Exchange Server hack

    July 19, 2021

    The UK government has formally laid the blame for the Microsoft Exchange Server cyberattack at the feet of China. On Monday, the government joined others — including the victim company itself, Microsoft — in claiming the cyberattack was the work of Chinese state-sponsored hackers, namely Hafnium, an advanced persistent threat (APT) group. The United States, NATO, and ...

  • Ecuador’s state-run CNT telco hit by RansomEXX ransomware

    July 17, 2021

    Ecuador’s state-run Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicación (CNT) has suffered a ransomware attack that has disrupted business operations, the payment portal, and customer support. CNT is Ecuador’s state-run telecommunication carrier that offers fixed-line phone service, mobile, satellite TV, and internet connectivity. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Microsoft: New Unpatched Bug in Windows Print Spooler

    July 16, 2021

    Another vulnerability separate from PrintNightmare allows for local elevation of privilege and system takeover. Microsoft has warned of yet another vulnerability that’s been discovered in its Windows Print Spooler that can allow attackers to elevate privilege to gain full user rights to a system. The advisory comes on the heels of patching two other remote code-execution ...

  • Bug bounty platform urges need for firms to have vulnerability disclosure policy

    July 16, 2021

    Organisations should provide a proper channel through which anyone can report vulnerabilities in their systems. This will ensure potential security holes can be identified and plugged before they are exploited. Establishing a vulnerability disclosure policy (VDP) also would provide assurance to anyone, such as security researchers, acting in good faith that they would not face prosecution ...