News – June 2021


  • Hackers can exploit bugs in Samsung pre-installed apps to spy on users

    June 10, 2021

    Samsung is working on patching multiple vulnerabilities affecting its mobile devices that could be used for spying or to take full control of the system. The bugs are part of a larger set discovered and reported responsibly by one security researcher through the company’s bug bounty program. Since the beginning of the year, Sergey Toshin – the ...

  • JBS Paid $11M to REvil Gang Even After Restoring Operations

    June 10, 2021

    JBS Foods paid the equivalent of $11 million in ransom after a cyber-attack that forced the company to shut down some operations in the United States and Australia over the Memorial Day weekend. The company made the payment to cybercriminals to ensure the protection of its data and mitigate any further damage to its customers, as ...

  • Chrome Browser Bug Under Active Attack

    June 10, 2021

    Google is warning that a bug in its Chrome web browser is actively under attack, and it is urging users to upgrade to the latest 91.0.4472.101 version to mitigate the issue. In all, Google rolled out fixes for 14 bugs impacting its Windows, Mac and Linux browsers as part of its June update to the Chrome ...

  • Key Considerations for the Department of Energy on Defending the Bulk Power Grid

    June 10, 2021

    On January 20, President Joseph Biden issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13990 to help protect U.S. bulk power organizations. This Order enacted a 90-day suspension of E.O. 13920 which was set by the previous administration. The new executive order empowered the Secretary of Energy (“Secretary”) to publish new criteria around pre-qualifying vendors of electric equipment, as ...

  • Researchers create an ‘un-hackable’ quantum network over hundreds of kilometers using optical fiber

    June 10, 2021

    Researchers from Toshiba have successfully sent quantum information over 600-kilometer-long optical fibers, creating a new distance record and paving the way for large-scale quantum networks that could be used to exchange information securely between cities and even countries. Working from the company’s R&D lab in Cambridge in the UK, the scientists demonstrated that they could transmit ...

  • Slilpp, the largest stolen logins market, seized by law enforcement

    June 10, 2021

    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced today that a multinational operation took down Slillpp, the largest online marketplace of stolen login credentials. Law enforcement agencies from the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, and Romania seized servers used to host Slilpp’s marketplace infrastructure and its domain names. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Gelsemium APT was behind February compromise of NoxPlayer

    June 9, 2021

    ESET has published details of an advanced persistent threat (APT) crew that appears to have deployed recent supply chain attack methods against targets including “electronics manufacturers,” although it didn’t specify which. “Victims of its campaigns are located in East Asia as well as the Middle East and include governments, religious organizations, electronics manufacturers and universities,” said ...

  • Prometheus Ransomware Gang: A Group of REvil?

    June 9, 2021

    Unit 42 has spent the past four months following the activities of Prometheus, a new player in the ransomware world that uses similar malware and tactics to ransomware veteran Thanos. Prometheus leverages double-extortion tactics and hosts a leak site, where it names new victims and posts stolen data available for purchase. It claims to have breached ...

  • Custom Malware Collects Billions of Stolen Data Points

    June 9, 2021

    Researchers have uncovered a 1.2-terabyte database of stolen data, lifted from 3.2 million Windows-based computers over the course of two years by an unknown, custom malware. The heisted info includes 6.6 million files and 26 million credentials, and 2 billion web login cookies – with 400 million of the latter still valid at the time ...

  • US brokerage firms warned of ongoing phishing with penalty threats

    June 8, 2021

    FINRA, the U.S. securities industry regulator, has warned brokerage firms of an ongoing phishing campaign threatening recipients with penalties unless they provide the information requested by the attackers. FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) is an independent, non-governmental securities regulator supervised by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that regulates all securities firms and exchange markets ...

  • Modern Ransomware’s Double Extortion Tactics And How To Protect Enterprises Against Them

    June 8, 2021

    Ransomware actors have been a persistent threat for years, but they are still evolving. The wide adoption of advanced cybersecurity technologies and improved ransomware response processes has limited the success of traditional ransomware attacks. Upgraded security has forced these cybercriminals to evolve their strategies, and has paved the way for what we now call modern ...

  • PuzzleMaker attacks with Chrome zero-day exploit chain

    June 8, 2021

    On April 14-15, 2021, Kaspersky technologies detected a wave of highly targeted attacks against multiple companies. Closer analysis revealed that all these attacks exploited a chain of Google Chrome and Microsoft Windows zero-day exploits. While we were not able to retrieve the exploit used for remote code execution (RCE) in the Chrome web browser, we ...

  • 800 Criminals Arrested In Biggest Ever Law Enforcement Operation Against Encrypted Communication

    June 8, 2021

    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Dutch National Police (Politie), and the Swedish Police Authority (Polisen), in cooperation with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and 16 other countries have carried out with the support of Europol one of the largest and most sophisticated law enforcement operations to date in the fight against ...

  • How the FBI and AFP accessed encrypted messages in TrojanShield investigation

    June 8, 2021

    The US Department of Justice has unsealed a warrant detailing how law enforcement agencies accessed and used the encrypted communications of criminals as part of its TrojanShield investigation, a global online sting operation. The warrant reveals that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2018 commenced the investigation after it recruited a confidential human source to ...

  • Gootkit: the cautious Trojan

    June 7, 2021

    Gootkit is complex multi-stage banking malware that was discovered for the first time by Doctor Web in 2014. Initially it was distributed via spam and exploits kits such as Spelevo and RIG. In conjunction with spam campaigns, the adversaries later switched to compromised websites where the visitors are tricked into downloading the malware. Gootkit is capable ...