News – October 2021


  • Lyceum group reborn

    October 18, 2021

    This year, Kaspersky researchers presented their research into the Lyceum group (also known as Hexane), which was first exposed by Secureworks in 2019. In 2021, we have been able to identify a new cluster of the group’s activity, focused on two entities in Tunisia. According to older public accounts of the group’s activity, Lyceum conducted targeted ...

  • Case Study: From BazarLoader to Network Reconnaissance

    October 18, 2021

    BazarLoader is Windows-based malware spread through various methods involving email. These infections provide backdoor access that criminals use to determine whether the host is part of an Active Directory (AD) environment. If so, criminals deploy Cobalt Strike and perform reconnaissance to map the network. If the results indicate a high-value target, criminals attempt lateral movement ...

  • Acer hit with second cyberattack in less than a week, Taiwanese authorities notified

    October 18, 2021

    Acer has confirmed yet another cyberattack on its servers in Taiwan after their offices in India were hit less than a week ago by the same group. The Desorden Group — which claimed responsibility for both attacks — contacted ZDNet and said part of why they conducted the second attack was to prove their point “that ...

  • $5.2 billion in BTC transactions tied to top 10 ransomware variants – US Treasury

    October 15, 2021

    More than $5 billion in bitcoin transactions has been tied to the top ten ransomware variants, according to a report released by the US Treasury on Friday. The department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released two reports illustrating just how lucrative cybercrime related to ransomware has become for the ...

  • Security Risks with Private 5G in Manufacturing Companies Part. 2

    October 15, 2021

    The steel industry is a prime area for installing Private 5G Private 5G is said to bring about the “democratization of communications.” This technology allows private companies and local governments to take the driving seat in operating the latest information communication systems. However, not all organizations have the knowledge and ability to deal with telecom technology, ...

  • TrickBot Gang Enters Cybercrime Elite with Fresh Affiliates

    October 15, 2021

    The cybercriminals behind the infamous TrickBot trojan have signed two additional distribution affiliates, dubbed Hive0106 (aka TA551) and Hive0107 by IBM X-Force. The result? Escalating ransomware hits on corporations, especially using the Conti ransomware. The development also speaks to the TrickBot gang’s increasing sophistication and standing in the cybercrime underground, IBM researchers said: “This latest development ...

  • Missouri Vows to Prosecute ‘Hacker’ Who Informed State About Data Leak

    October 15, 2021

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper recently found a huge security blunder: The Missouri educational agency’s site was displaying 100,000+ clearly visible Social-Security numbers for school teachers, administrators and counselors in its HTML source code. The newspaper verified its findings with a cybersecurity professor and then informed the agency responsible for the leaking site – the Department ...

  • Ongoing Cyber Threats to U.S. Water and Wastewater Systems

    October 14, 2021

    This joint advisory is the result of analytic efforts between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Security Agency (NSA) to highlight ongoing malicious cyber activity—by both known and unknown actors—targeting the information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) networks, systems, and ...

  • New Yanluowang ransomware used in targeted attacks

    October 14, 2021

    The Symantec Threat Hunter Team, a part of Broadcom Software, has uncovered what appears to be a new ransomware threat called Yanluowang that is being used in targeted attacks. In a recent attempted ransomware attack against a large organization, Symantec obtained a number of malicious files that, upon further investigation, revealed the threat to be a ...

  • Attackers Are Taking Advantage of the Open-Source Service Interactsh for Malicious Purposes

    October 14, 2021

    Recently, Unit 42 has observed active exploits related to an open-source service called Interactsh. This tool can generate specific domain names to help its users test whether an exploit is successful. It can be used by researchers – but also by attackers – to validate vulnerabilities via real-time monitoring on the trace path for the ...

  • Secure Manufacturing on Cloud, Edge and 5G

    October 13, 2021

    Global manufacturers need to digitize their manufacturing processes and transform their business into a digital enterprise. Digital manufacturing is an advancement that many businesses have been using, with 60% of factories already using the cloud (87% including businesses who will soon implement it) and 26% with Private 5G already implemented (67% including enterprises who will ...

  • Israeli hospital targeted by ransomware attack

    October 13, 2021

    The Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera has been targeted by a ransomware attack that affected the computer systems of the hospital, the medical center announced on Wednesday. The attack occurred without any prior warning. Since the attack, the hospital has using alternate systems in the meantime while treating patients. The hospital is operating as normal, ...

  • Russia and China left out of global anti-ransomware meetings

    October 13, 2021

    The White House National Security Council facilitates virtual meetings this week with senior officials and ministers from more than 30 countries in a virtual international counter-ransomware event to rally allies in the fight against the ransomware threat. Publicly disclosed ransomware payments have reached more than $400 million globally in 2020 and over $81 million in the ...

  • MysterySnail attacks IT companies, defence contractors and diplomatic entities with Windows zero-day

    October 12, 2021

    In late August and early September 2021, Kaspersky technologies detected attacks with the use of an elevation of privilege exploit on multiple Microsoft Windows servers. The exploit had numerous debug strings from an older, publicly known exploit for vulnerability CVE-2016-3309, but closer analysis revealed that it was a zero-day. We discovered that it was using ...

  • Apple Releases Urgent iOS Updates to Patch New Zero-Day Bug

    October 12, 2021

    Apple on Monday rushed out a security update for iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2 to fix a remote code-execution (RCE) zero-day vulnerability that’s being actively exploited. Within hours, a security researcher had picked the bug apart and published both proof-of-concept code and an explanation of the vulnerability, meaning that now’s a really good time to update ...