News – May 2021


  • IT threat evolution Q1 2021

    May 31, 2021

    In December, SolarWinds, a well-known IT managed services provider, fell victim to a sophisticated supply-chain attack. The company’s Orion IT, a solution for monitoring and managing customers’ IT infrastructure, was compromised by threat actors. This resulted in the deployment of a custom backdoor, named Sunburst, on the networks of more than 18,000 SolarWinds customers, including ...

  • HPE Fixes Critical Zero-Day in Server Management Software

    May 31, 2021

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has fixed a critical zero-day remote code execution (RCE) flaw in its HPE Systems Insight Manager (SIM) software for Windows that it originally disclosed in December. HPE SIM is a tool that enables remote support automation and management for a variety of HPE servers, including the HPE ProLiant Gen10 and HPE ProLiant ...

  • U.S. Critical Infrastructure: Addressing Cyber Threats and the Importance of Prevention

    May 31, 2021

    The critical infrastructure of the United States includes all those systems and assets that are essential to the proper functioning, economy, health, and safety of American society. The roads and railways that we travel on; the Internet and the mobile networks that connect us; the water that we drink; the healthcare, financial services and security ...

  • Swedish Health Agency shuts down SmiNet after hacking attempts

    May 31, 2021

    The Swedish Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) has shut down SmiNet, the country’s infectious diseases database, on Thursday after it was targeted in several hacking attempts. SmiNet, which is also used to store electronic reports with statistics on COVID-19 infections, was shut down on Thursday to investigate the attacks and was brought back online on Friday evening. Read ...

  • JBS USA cyber attack affecting North American and Australian systems

    May 31, 2021

    United States-based food processing company JBS USA has confirmed falling victim to a cyber attack, with the aftermath affecting its North American and Australian systems. “On Sunday, May 30, JBS USA determined that it was the target of an organised cybersecurity attack, affecting some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems,” it ...

  • Brazil approves stricter legislation to tackle online crime

    May 31, 2021

    The Brazilian government has passed new legislation introducing tougher measures against fraud and crimes perpetrated in the digital environments. According to the law 14.155 sanctioned last Thursday (27), the Brazilian Penal Code has been altered to add more stringent penalties in relation to device invasion, theft and misconduct in digital media environments, as well as crimes ...

  • New Epsilon Red ransomware hunts unpatched Microsoft Exchange servers

    May 29, 2021

    A new ransomware threat calling itself Red Epsilon has been seen leveraging Microsoft Exchange server vulnerabilities to encrypt machines across the network. Epsilon Red ransomware attacks rely on more than a dozen scripts before reaching the encryption stage and also use a commercial remote desktop utility. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • DarkSide on Linux: Virtual Machines Targeted

    May 28, 2021

    As we discussed in our previous blog, the DarkSide ransomware is targeting organizations in manufacturing, finance, and critical infrastructures in regions such as the United States, France, Belgium, and Canada. The DarkSide ransomware targets both Windows and Linux platforms. We also noticed that the Linux variant, in particular, targets ESXI servers. In this blog, we focus ...

  • Russian gang behind SolarWinds hack returns with phishing attack disguised as mail from US aid agency

    May 28, 2021

    Nobelium, the Russia-aligned gang identified as the perpetrators of the supply chain attack on SolarWinds’ Orion software, has struck again, Microsoft vice president Tom Burt in a blogpost Thursday. Burt’s post says the attacks saw Nobelium gain access to accounts on the email marketing service “Constant Contact” operated by The United States Agency for International Development ...

  • US nuclear weapon bunker security secrets spill from online flashcards since 2013

    May 28, 2021

    Details of some US nuclear missile bunkers in Europe, which contain live warheads, along with secret codewords used by guards to signal that they’re being threatened by enemies, were exposed for nearly a decade through online flashcards used for education, but which were left publicly available. The astonishing security blunder was revealed by investigative journalism website ...

  • Re-Checking Your Pulse: Updates on Chinese APT Actors Compromising Pulse Secure VPN Devices

    May 27, 2021

    Mandiant published detailed results of our investigations into compromised Pulse Secure devices by suspected Chinese espionage operators. This blog post is intended to provide an update on our findings, give additional recommendations to network defenders, and discuss potential implications for U.S.-China strategic relations. Mandiant continues to gather evidence and respond to intrusions involving compromises of Pulse ...

  • Threats From a Compromised 4G/5G Campus Network

    May 27, 2021

    Over the past two decades, industrial sectors and everyday users have reaped the benefits of advancements in telecom technologies. At present, the catalyst and basis for future changes is 5G. A sign of this continuing development and influence for some industries is their investment in non-public networks (NPN), also commonly referred to as campus networks. The ...

  • Asia: USD 83 million intercepted in INTERPOL operation against online financial crime

    May 27, 2021

    LYON, FRANCE: Amid an exponential increase in online fraud, an INTERPOL-coordinated operation codenamed HAECHI-I mobilized more than 40 specialized law enforcement officers across the Asia Pacific region. Over six months of coordinated intelligence collection and joint operations, police were able to intercept a total of USD 83 million in illicit funds transferred from victims to the ...

  • Various Japanese government entities had data stolen in cyber attack: Report

    May 27, 2021

    Data from various Japanese government entities has reportedly been stolen by hackers that gained access to Fujitsu’s ProjectWEB platform. Fujitsu’s software-as-a-service platform has since been taken down and the Japanese tech giant is currently investigating the scope of the attacks, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said in a report. Among the impacted government entities are the Ministry of ...

  • PDF Feature ‘Certified’ Widely Vulnerable to Attack

    May 26, 2021

    Certified portable document format (PDF) files are used to securely sign agreements between two parties while keeping the contents’ integrity protected, but a new report found the security protections on most certified PDF applications were inadequate and left organizations exposed to a number of attacks. Researchers from Ruhr University Bochum explained certified PDFs use two specific ...

  • Elizabethan England has nothing on modern-day Russia

    May 26, 2021

    The threat landscape is changing. Organizations need to defend against an ever-evolving tranche of threat actors. For a long time, the lines that distinguish state-sponsored and crimeware groups were well-defined. We believe this is no longer the case. In today’s landscape, there are groups that, although their modus operandi (MO) is consistent with crimeware groups, ...

  • BazaLoader Masquerades as Movie-Streaming Service

    May 26, 2021

    There’s a new, fake movie-streaming service in town called BravoMovies, and the offerings are utter garbage. Despite its pretty pictures and fun-sounding titles, it’s got nothing to offer for download besides BazaLoader malware. BazaLoader is a loader used to deploy ransomware or other types of malware and to steal sensitive data from victimized systems. On Wednesday, Proofpoint ...

  • New Rowhammer attack exploits the design of ever-shrinking and more dense DRAM chips

    May 26, 2021

    Google has detailed its work discovering a new Rowhammer vulnerability dubbed “Half-Double”, which evolves the style of attack on DRAM memory first reported in 2014 and suggests the Rowhammer problem won’t go away soon. The Rowhammer attack is unusual because it aims to cause “bit flips” by rapidly and repeatedly accessing data in one memory row ...

  • CVE-2021-22909- Digging Into A Ubiquiti Firmware Update Bug

    May 25, 2021

    Back In February, Ubiquiti released a new firmware update for the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter, fixing CVE-2021-22909/ZDI-21-601. The vulnerability lies in the firmware update procedure and allows a man-in-the-middle (MiTM) attacker to execute code as root on the device by serving a malicious firmware image when the system performs an automatic firmware update. The vulnerability was discovered ...

  • Evolution of JSWorm ransomware

    May 25, 2021

    Over the past few years, the ransomware threat landscape has been gradually changing. We have been witness to a paradigm shift. From the massive outbreaks of 2017, such as WannaCry, NotPetya, and Bad Rabbit, a lot of ransomware actors have moved to the covert but highly profitable tactic of “big-game hunting”. News of ransomware causing ...