News – October 2020


  • The most common malicious email attachments infecting Windows

    October 11, 2020

    To stay safe online, everyone needs to recognize malicious attachments that are commonly used in phishing emails to distribute malware. When distributing malware, threat actors create spam campaigns that pretend to be invoices, invites, payment information, shipping information, eFaxes, voicemails, and more. Included in these emails are malicious Word and Excel attachments, or links to them, ...

  • Wormable Apple iCloud Bug Allows Automatic Photo Theft

    October 9, 2020

    A group of ethical hackers cracked open Apple’s infrastructure and systems and, over the course of three months, discovered 55 vulnerabilities, a number of which would have given attackers complete control over customer and employee applications. Of note, a critical, wormable iCloud account takeover bug would allow attackers to automatically steal all of a victim’s documents, ...

  • Fitbit Spyware Steals Personal Data via Watch Face

    October 9, 2020

    A wide-open app-building API would allow an attacker to build a malicious application that could access Fitbit user data, and send it to any server. Kev Breen, director of cyber threat research for Immersive Labs, created a proof-of-concept for just that scenario, after realizing that Fitbit devices are loaded with sensitive personal data. “Essentially, ...

  • ZeroLogon: Ransomware gang now using critical Windows flaw in attacks

    October 9, 2020

    Microsoft is warning that cybercriminals have started to incorporate exploit code for the ZeroLogon vulnerability in their attacks. The alert comes after the company noticed ongoing attacks from cyber-espionage group MuddyWater (SeedWorm) in the second half of September. This time, the threat actor is TA505, an adversary who is indiscriminate about the victims it attacks, with ...

  • Massachusetts school district shut down by ransomware attack

    October 8, 2020

    The Springfield Public Schools district in Massachusetts has become the victim of a ransomware attack that has caused the closure of schools while they investigate the cyberattack. Springfield is the third largest school district in Massachusetts with over 25,000 students, 4,500 employees, and more than sixty schools. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school district opened ...

  • MontysThree: Industrial espionage with steganography and a Russian accent on both sides

    October 8, 2020

    In summer 2020 we uncovered a previously unknown multi-module C++ toolset used in highly targeted industrial espionage attacks dating back to 2018. Initially the reason for our interest in this malware was its rarity, the obviously targeted nature of the campaign and the fact that there are no obvious similarities with already known campaigns at ...

  • HEH P2P Botnet Sports Dangerous Wiper Function

    October 8, 2020

    A freshly discovered botnet dubbed HEH by researchers is casting a wide net, looking to infect any and all devices that use Telnet on ports 23/2323. It’s particularly destructive: It contains code that wipes all data from infected systems. Perhaps ironically, its operators also have a penchant for civil advocacy – a loading of the Universal ...

  • PoetRAT Resurfaces in Attacks in Azerbaijan Amid Escalating Conflict

    October 8, 2020

    A new iteration of the PoetRAT spyware, sporting improvements to operational security, code efficiency and obfuscation, is making the rounds in Azerbaijan, targeting the public sector and other key organizations as the country’s conflict with Armenia over disputed territory intensifies. Threat intelligence researchers have observed multiple new strikes using the malware that show a “change in ...

  • Transforming IoT Monitoring Data into Threat Defense

    October 8, 2020

    In our midyear roundup report, we shared that in the first half of 2020, there was a 70% increase in inbound attacks on devices and routers compared with the second half of 2019. This data includes attacks on Internet of Things (IoT) systems, which remain alarming and prevalent. With the aim of protecting customers effectively by ...

  • BAHAMUT Spies-for-Hire Linked to Extensive Nation-State Activity

    October 7, 2020

    A cyberespionage group known as BAHAMUT has been linked to a “staggering” number of ongoing attacks against government officials and private-sector VIPs in the Middle East and South Asia, while also engaging in wide-ranging disinformation campaigns. That’s according to BlackBerry researchers, who said that the highly resourced group is probably operating on a mercenary basis, offering ...

  • US brokerage firms warned of widespread survey phishing attacks

    October 7, 2020

    The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued a notice warning member brokerage firms of widespread phishing attacks using surveys to harvest information. FINRA is a non-profit organization and self-regulatory body authorized by the U.S. government to regulate exchange markets and brokerage firms. According to FINRA, the organization supervises over 624,000 brokers across the country and ...

  • Safe and Smart Connections: Securing IoT Networks for Remote Setups

    October 7, 2020

    On the topic of securing the internet of things (IoT), setups focus typically on the “things” or devices available on the market today. However, while there is no denying that connected devices introduce security challenges, the network (in its role of creating a secure IoT environment) is of equal importance. During this period of work-from-home (WFH) ...

  • French companies Under Attack from Clever BEC Scam

    October 6, 2020

    The highly anonymous and often secretive nature of the internet has led to the proliferation of scams aimed at separating people and organizations from their money. Trend Micro has been following these scams over the years and have seen many of them evolve from simplistic schemes to more sophisticated campaigns. One of the most dangerous ...

  • Inside the Bulletproof Hosting Business – Cybercriminal Methods and OpSec

    October 6, 2020

    Many cybercriminal operations have some level of organization, planning, and some form of foundation that reflects the technical acumen of the individual or group behind them. The use of underground infrastructure is inherent to the modus operandi of a cybercriminal. In our Underground Hosting series, we have differentiated how cybercrime goods are sold in marketplaces ...

  • Anti-virus software creator John McAfee ‘detained at Spanish airport’ over US fraud charges

    October 6, 2020

    Anti-virus software creator John McAfee has been detained at a Spanish airport after being indicted in the US on fraud charges, according to the Reuters news agency. McAfee, who designed software of the same name, was reportedly arrested in Barcelona on Saturday while boarding a flight to Istanbul using a British passport. Reuters says he has now ...

  • MosaicRegressor: Lurking in the Shadows of UEFI

    October 5, 2020

    UEFI (or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) has become a prominent technology that is embedded within designated chips on modern day computer systems. Replacing the legacy BIOS, it is typically used to facilitate the machine’s boot sequence and load the operating system, while using a feature-rich environment to do so. At the same time, it has ...

  • New ransomware vaccine kills programs wiping Windows shadow volumes

    October 4, 2020

    A new ransomware vaccine program has been created that terminates processes that try to delete volume shadow copies using Microsoft’s vssadmin.exe program, Every day, Windows will create backups of your system and data files and store them in Shadow Volume Copy snapshots. These snapshots can then be used to recover files if they are mistakenly changed or ...

  • New Jersey hospital paid ransomware gang $670K to prevent data leak

    October 3, 2020

    University Hospital New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey, paid a $670,000 ransomware demand this month to prevent the publishing of 240 GB of stolen data, including patient info. The attack on the hospital occurred in early September by a ransomware operation known as SunCrypt, who infiltrates a network, steals unencrypted files, and then encrypts all of ...

  • XDSpy cyber-espionage group operated discretely for nine years

    October 2, 2020

    Researchers at ESET today published details about a threat actor that has been operating for at least nine years, yet their activity attracted almost no public attention. Going largely unnoticed for this long is a rare occurrence these days as malicious campaigns from long-standing adversaries overlap at one point or give sufficient clues for researchers to ...

  • Ransomware: Gangs are shifting targets and upping their ransom demands

    October 2, 2020

    Ransomware attacks continue to grow, according to data from IBM, which also suggests that ransomware gangs are upping their ransomware demands and getting more sophisticated about how they calculate the ransom they try to extort. The number of ransomware attacks IBM’s Security X-Force Incident Response team were called in to deal with tripled in the second ...