News – May 2021


  • DarkSide ransomware servers reportedly seized, operation shuts down

    May 14, 2021

    The DarkSide ransomware operation has allegedly shut down after the threat actors lost access to servers and their cryptocurrency was transferred to an unknown wallet. This news was shared by a threat actor known as ‘UNKN’, the public-facing representative of the rival REvil ransomware gang, in a forum post first discovered by Recorded Future researcher Dmitry ...

  • Cross-browser tracking vulnerability tracks you via installed apps

    May 14, 2021

    Researchers have developed a way to track a user across different browsers on the same machine by querying the installed applications on the device. Certain applications, when installed, will create custom URL schemes that the browser can use to launch a URL in a specific application. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Rapid7 source code, alert data accessed in Codecov supply chain attack

    May 14, 2021

    Rapid7 has disclosed the compromise of customer data and partial source code due to the Codecov supply chain attack. On Thursday, the cybersecurity firm said it was one of the victims of the incident, in which an attacker obtained access to the Codecov Bash uploader script. The cyberattack against Codecov took place on or around January 31, ...

  • Ireland: Health service IT systems forced to shut down after ‘fairly sophisticated’ cyber attack

    May 14, 2021

    Health service IT systems have been shutdown today following a cyber attack that the HSE believes was carried out by international criminals seeking to extort money . The HSE said the main attack began at around 4.30am on Friday and that IT staff switched off systems as a “precaution” in order to protect data and give ...

  • FBI IC3 Logs 6 Million Complaints – Record Increase in Reporting Brings IC3 to New Milestone

    May 14, 2021

    It took nearly seven years for the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) to log its first million complaints. It took only 14 months to add the most recent million. The IC3 logged five million complaints on March 12, 2020, a few weeks before it marked its 20th anniversary. After a period of record reporting, the ...

  • Meet Lorenz – A new ransomware gang targeting the enterprise

    May 13, 2021

    A new ransomware operation known as Lorenz targets organizations worldwide with customized attacks demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars in ransoms. The Lorenz ransomware gang began operating last month and has since amassed a growing list of victims whose stolen data has been published on a ransomware data leak site. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Fresh Loader Targets Aviation Victims with Spy RATs

    May 13, 2021

    A cyberattack campaign that goes after aviation targets has been uncovered, which is spreading remote access trojan (RAT) malware bent on cyber-espionage. Researchers from Microsoft said this week on Twitter that spear-phishing emails are the main attack vector. Individuals in the aerospace and travel sectors are being targeted with a range of gambits, such as using ...

  • How UK National Health Service learned the lessons of WannaCry to protect hospitals from attack

    May 13, 2021

    Four years ago, the UK’s National Health Service suddenly found itself one of the most high-profile victims of a global cyberattack. On 12 May 2017, WannaCry ransomware hit organisations around the world, but hospitals and GP surgeries throughout England and Scotland were particularly badly affected. A significant number of services were disrupted as malware encrypted computers ...

  • Colonial Pipeline paid close to $5 million in ransomware blackmail payment

    May 13, 2021

    Colonial Pipeline reportedly paid the ransomware group responsible for a cyberattack last week close to $5 million to decrypt locked systems. On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that two people close to the matter said a blackmail demand was agreed to within hours of the cyberattack that has impacted the fuel giant’s systems for close to a week. On ...

  • Apple’s ‘Find My’ Network Exploited via Bluetooth

    May 13, 2021

    Apple’s “Find My device” function for helping people track their iOS and macOS devices can be exploited to transfer data to and from random passing devices without using the internet, a security researcher has demonstrated. Security researcher Fabian Bräunlein with Positive Security developed a proof of concept, using a microcontroller and a custom MacOS app, that ...

  • Incremental improvements are not enough as Biden signs order boosting US cyber posture

    May 13, 2021

    United States President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday to boost the cyber posture of the federal government. The order points to recent incidents including the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, Exchange vulnerabilities that led to the FBI removing web shells from US servers, and the SolarWinds attack. The order said the federal government must ...

  • Hacker group behind Colonial Pipeline attack claims it has three new victims

    May 12, 2021

    The hacker group DarkSide claimed on Wednesday to have attacked three more companies, despite the global outcry over its attack on Colonial Pipeline this week, which has caused shortages of gasoline and panic buying on the East Coast of the U.S. Over the past 24 hours, the group posted the names of three new companies on ...

  • Ransomware world in 2021: who, how and why

    May 12, 2021

    As the world marks the second Anti-Ransomware Day, there’s no way to deny it: ransomware has become the buzzword in the security community. And not without good reason. The threat may have been around a long time, but it’s changed. Year after year, the attackers have grown bolder, methodologies have been refined and, of course, ...

  • New ransomware: CISA warns over FiveHands file-encrypting malware variant

    May 12, 2021

    The US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has warned organizations to be cautious of a relatively new ransomware variant called FiveHands. FiveHands ransomware has been around since January 2021, but CISA said it was “aware of a recent, successful cyberattack against an organization” using this strain of file-encrypting malware. Read more… Source: ZDNet  

  • Australia: 328 weaknesses found by WA Auditor-General in 50 local government systems

    May 12, 2021

    The Auditor-General of Western Australia on Wednesday tabled a report into the computer systems used at 50 local government entities, revealing 328 control weakness across the group. It was Auditor-General Caroline Spencer’s intention to list the entities, but given the nature of her findings, all case studies included in Local Government General Computer Controls omit ...

  • ‘FragAttacks’: Wi-Fi Bugs Affect Millions of Devices

    May 12, 2021

    A Belgian security researcher specializing in Wi-Fi bugs has unearthed a clutch of new ones, which he called FragAttacks, that affect the Wi-Fi standard itself. The name is short for “fragmentation and aggregation attacks.” Some bugs date back to 1997, meaning that computers, smartphones or other smart devices as old as 24 years may be vulnerable ...

  • INTERPOL launches initiative to fight cybercrime in Africa

    May 12, 2021

    SINGAPORE – INTERPOL is creating a new cybercrime operations desk with UK funding to boost the capacity of 49 African countries to fight cybercrime. The Africa desk will help shape a regional strategy to drive intelligence-led coordinated actions against cybercriminals and support joint operations. Cybercrime is one of the most prolific forms of international crime, with damages ...

  • Researchers found three flaws in ACT e-voting system that could affect election outcomes

    May 12, 2021

    The Australian Capital Territory Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety has been looking into the 2020 ACT Election and the Electoral Act, covering among other things, systems for electronic voting. The COVID-19 Emergency Response Legislation Amendment Act 2020 introduced temporary amendments to the Electoral Act for the October 2020 election. These included the deployment of ...

  • DarkSide Ransomware: Best Practices for Preventing Business Disruption from Ransomware Attacks

    May 11, 2021

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are aware of a ransomware attack affecting a critical infrastructure (CI) entity—a pipeline company—in the United States. Malicious cyber actors deployed DarkSide ransomware against the pipeline company’s information technology (IT) network. At this time, there is no indication that the entity’s ...

  • New Android malware targeting banks in Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands

    May 11, 2021

    A new Android trojan has been identified by security researchers, who said on Monday that once it is successfully installed in the victim’s device, those behind it can obtain a live stream of the device screen and also interact with it via its Accessibility Services. The malware, dubbed “Teabot” by security researchers with Cleafy, has been ...