News – May 2023


  • More UK councils caught by Capita’s open AWS bucket blunder

    May 22, 2023

    The bad news train keeps rolling for Capita, with more local British councils surfacing to say their data was put on the line by an unsecured AWS bucket, and, separately, pension clients warning of possible data theft in March’s mega breach. Colchester City Council was the first to step forward last week to claim that tech ...

  • Google launches bug bounty program for its Android applications

    May 22, 2023

    Google has launched the Mobile Vulnerability Rewards Program (Mobile VRP), a new bug bounty program that will pay security researchers for flaws found in the company’s Android applications. “We are excited to announce the new Mobile VRP! We are looking for bughunters to help us find and fix vulnerabilities in our mobile applications,” Google VRP tweeted. Read ...

  • Cyber Signals: Shifting tactics fuel surge in business email compromise

    May 19, 2023

    Today Microsoft released the fourth edition of Cyber Signals highlighting a surge in cybercriminal activity around business email compromise (BEC). Microsoft has observed a 38 percent increase in cybercrime as a service (CaaS) targeting business email between 2019 and 2022. Successful BEC attacks cost organizations hundreds of millions of dollars annually. In 2022, the FBI’s Recovery ...

  • Apple warns of three WebKit vulns under active exploitation, dozens more CVEs across its range

    May 19, 2023

    Apple has issued a bushel of security updates and warned that three of the flaws it’s fixed are under active attack. The three are CVE-2023-32409, CVE-2023-28204, and CVE-2023-32373, all of which impact the WebKit browser engine that Apple champions and employs in its Safari browser – and demands be used by other browsers on iOS. Read more… Source: ...

  • CloudWizard APT: the bad magic story goes on

    May 19, 2023

    In March 2023, Kaspersky researchers uncovered a previously unknown APT campaign in the region of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict that involved the use of PowerMagic and CommonMagic implants. However, at the time it was not clear which threat actor was behind the attack. Since the release of Kaspersky report about CommonMagic, Kaspersky researchers have been looking for ...

  • UK’s GDPR replacement could wipe out oversight of live facial recognition

    May 19, 2023

    Biometrics and surveillance camera commissioner Professor Fraser Sampson has warned that independent oversight of facial recognition is at risk just as the policing minister plans to “embed” it into the force. He said this week that the widely slated use of facial recognition at the recent crowning of Charles III was “a glimpse into the future ...

  • Man jailed for running multimillion-pound criminal website iSpoof

    May 19, 2023

    The man responsible for running a multimillion-pound fraud website, used by scammers to trick people into handing over their bank details, has been jailed. Tejay Fletcher, 35, pleaded guilty to running iSpoof, a website that allowed criminals and fraudsters to appear as if they were calling from banks, tax offices and other official bodies in an ...

  • CISA Releases Five Industrial Control Systems Advisories

    May 18, 2023

    CISA released five Industrial Control Systems (ICS) advisories on May 16, 2023. These advisories provide timely information about current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits surrounding ICS. ICSA-23-138-01 Carlo Gavazzi Powersoft ICSA-23-138-02 Mitsubishi Electric MELSEC WS ICSA-23-138-03 Hitachi Energy MicroSCADA Pro/X SYS600 Read more… Source: U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Related story: CISA Releases Three Industrial Control Systems Advisories   

  • The distinctive rattle of APT SideWinder

    May 17, 2023

    In February 2023, Group-IB’s Threat Intelligence team released a technical report about previously unknown phishing attacks conducted by the APT group SideWinder: Old Snake, New Skin: Analysis of SideWinder APT activity between June and November 2021. As always, Group-IB customers and partners were the first to get access to the report through the interface of ...

  • Is your car safe from a cyber attack?

    May 17, 2023

    In January 2022, 19-year-old David Colombo from Dinkelsbühl, Germany, announced via Twitter that he had been able to hack at least 25 Tesla vehicles in 13 countries and partially take them over. “So, I now have full remote control of over 25 Teslas in 13 countries and there seems to be no way to find ...

  • CISA and Partners Release BianLian Ransomware Cybersecurity Advisory

    May 16, 2023

    CISA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) have released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) with known BianLian ransomware and data extortion group technical details. Microsoft and Sophos contributed to the advisory. To reduce the likelihood and impact of BianLian and other ransomware incidents, CISA encourages organizations to implement ...

  • Open-source Cobalt Strike port ‘Geacon’ used in macOS attacks

    May 16, 2023

    Geacon, a Go-based implementation of the beacon from the widely abused penetration testing suite Cobalt Strike, is being used more and more to target macOS devices. Both Geacon and Cobalt Strike are utilities that legitimate organizations use to simulate attacks against their networks and improve defenses, but threat actors have also relied on them for attacks. Read ...

  • Lancefly: Group Uses Custom Backdoor to Target Orgs in Government, Aviation, Other Sectors

    May 15, 2023

    The Lancefly advanced persistent threat (APT) group is using a custom-written backdoor in attacks targeting organizations in South and Southeast Asia, in activity that has been ongoing for several years. Lancefly may have some links to previously known groups, but these are low confidence, which led researchers at Symantec, by Broadcom Software, to classify this activity ...

  • Data of 5.82M PharMerica patients stolen, accessed during cyberattack

    May 15, 2023

    More than 5.81 million patients tied to PharMerica have been notified that their data was accessed and stolen during a March cyberattack. The long-term care pharmacy solution provider reported the breach to the Office of the Maine Attorney General on May 12. On March 14, PharMerica “learned of suspicious activity” on its network and worked to ...

  • CISA Adds Seven Known Exploited Vulnerabilities to Catalog

    May 12, 2023

    CISA has added seven new vulnerabilities to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation. CVE-2023-25717 Multiple Ruckus Wireless Products CSRF and RCE Vulnerability CVE-2021-3560 Red Hat Polkit Incorrect Authorization Vulnerability CVE-2014-0196 Linux Kernel Race Condition Vulnerability Read more… Source: U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency