News – July 2022


  • Huge network of 11,000 fake investment sites targets Europe

    July 31, 2022

    Researchers have uncovered a gigantic network of more than 11,000 domains used to promote numerous fake investment schemes to users in Europe. The platforms show fabricated evidence of enrichment and falsified celebrity endorsements to create an image of legitimacy and lure in a larger number of victims. The goal of the operation is to trick users into ...

  • Federal courts hit by “significant and sophisticated” cyberattack in 2020

    July 28, 2022

    The US federal court system was hit with a significant cyber breach in 2020, unrelated to the SolarWinds attack, that a US congressman on Thursday called “incredibly significant and sophisticated.” At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, noted that the Administrative Office of the Courts released a public statement about the ...

  • LofyLife: malicious npm packages steal Discord tokens and bank card data

    July 28, 2022

    On July 26, using the internal automated system for monitoring open-source repositories, Kaspersky researchers identified four suspicious packages in the Node Package Manager (npm) repository. All these packages contained highly obfuscated malicious Python and JavaScript code. We dubbed this malicious campaign “LofyLife”. The Python malware is a modified version of an open-source token logger called Volt ...

  • Vietnamese attacker circumvents Facebook security with ‘DUCKTAIL’ malware

    July 27, 2022

    Security vendor WithSecure, which was spun out in March 2022 as F-Secure’s enterprise security arm, claims it’s found malware that targets Facebook Business accounts. “The threat actor targets individuals and employees that may have access to a Facebook Business account with an information-stealer malware,” states WithSecure’s report on the campaign. “The malware is designed to steal browser ...

  • Weak data protection helped China attack US Federal Reserve, report says

    July 27, 2022

    China’s cyber espionage activities are extensive and sophisticated but when the Middle Kingdom tried to steal sensitive economic data from the US Fed, poor security meant its operatives didn’t have to dip too far into their bags of tricks. Or at least that’s according to the findings of an investigation by the Senate’s Committee on Homeland ...

  • U.S. doubles reward for tips on North Korean-backed hackers

    July 26, 2022

    The U.S. State Department has increased rewards paid to anyone providing information on any North Korean-sponsored threat groups’ members to $10 million. “If you have information on any individuals associated with the North Korean government-linked malicious cyber groups (such as Andariel, APT38, Bluenoroff, Guardians of Peace, Kimsuky, or Lazarus Group) and who are involved in targeting ...

  • Attackers Move Quickly to Exploit High-Profile Zero Days: Insights From the 2022 Unit 42 Incident Response Report

    July 26, 2022

    Software vulnerabilities remain a key avenue of initial access for attackers according to the 2022 Unit 42 Incident Response Report. While this underscores the need for organizations to operate with a well-defined patch management strategy, we’ve observed that attackers are increasingly quick to exploit high-profile zero-day vulnerabilities, further increasing the time pressure on organizations when ...

  • LockBit ransomware gang claims it ransacked Italy’s tax agency

    July 26, 2022

    The LockBit ransomware crew is claiming to have stolen 78GB of data from Italy’s tax agency and is threatening to leak it if a ransom isn’t paid by July 31. The notorious gang put a notice on its dark-web site adding the agency – the Agenzia delle Entrate – to its growing list of victims. According ...

  • CosmicStrand: the discovery of a sophisticated UEFI firmware rootkit

    July 25, 2022

    Rootkits are malware implants which burrow themselves in the deepest corners of the operating system. Although on paper they may seem attractive to attackers, creating them poses significant technical challenges and the slightest programming error has the potential to completely crash the victim machine. In our APT predictions for 2022, we noted that despite these ...

  • Amadey malware pushed via software cracks in SmokeLoader campaign

    July 24, 2022

    A new version of the Amadey Bot malware is distributed through the SmokeLoader malware, using software cracks and keygen sites as lures. Amadey Bot is a malware strain discovered four years ago, capable of performing system reconnaissance, stealing information, and loading additional payloads. While its distribution has faded after 2020, Korean researchers at AhnLab report that a ...

  • Cybersecurity in city government, taken to new heights: An Interview with Shane McDaniel

    July 24, 2022

    When most people speak of any city government, they often mention words like “Bureaucratic”, “Behind the times”, and “Slow.” This is especially true when considering cybersecurity initiatives. However, a small town in Texas is changing that view. Seguin, Texas, which was once the smallest Texas city to have a full-time cybersecurity employee, was the only ...

  • North Korean hackers attack EU targets with Konni RAT malware

    July 23, 2022

    Threat analysts have uncovered a new campaign attributed to APT37, a North Korean group of hackers, targeting high-value organizations in the Czech Republic, Poland, and other European countries. In this campaign, the hackers use malware known as Konni, a remote access trojan (RAT) capable of establishing persistence and performing privilege escalation on the host. Konni has been ...

  • Hacker selling Twitter account data of 5.4 million users for $30k

    July 22, 2022

    Twitter has suffered a data breach after threat actors used a vulnerability to build a database of phone numbers and email addresses belonging to 5.4 million accounts, with the data now up for sale on a hacker forum for $30,000. Yesterday, a threat actor known as ‘devil’ said on a stolen data market that the database ...

  • Russia, Iran discuss tech manufacturing, infosec and e-governance collaboration

    July 22, 2022

    Iran’s Communications Ministry joined in a pledge with Russian state-owned defence and technology conglomerate Rostec to explore future collaboration in e-government, information security, and other areas. News of the collaboration came in a statement published on Friday by Iran’s Information Technology Organization (ITO) – a government agency charged with developing policy related to data networks and ...

  • Attackers target Ukraine using GoMet backdoor

    July 21, 2022

    Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Ukrainians have been under a nearly constant barrage of cyber attacks. Working jointly with Ukrainian organizations, Cisco Talos has discovered a fairly uncommon piece of malware targeting Ukraine — this time aimed at a large software development company whose software is used in various state organizations within Ukraine. ...