News – October 2020


  • Lazarus malware strikes South Korean supply chains

    November 16, 2020

    Lazarus malware has been tracked in new campaigns against South Korean supply chains, made possible through stolen security certificates. On Monday, cybersecurity researchers from ESET revealed the abuse of the certificates, stolen from two separate, legitimate South Korean companies. Lazarus, also known as Hidden Cobra, is an umbrella term for select threat groups — including offshoot entities ...

  • Marriott fined £18.4 million by UK watchdog over customer data breach

    November 2, 2020

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has fined Marriott £18.4 million over a 2014 data breach, heavily reducing the penalty originally planned due to COVID-19 disruption. The Marriot hotel group was subject to a 2014 data breach impacting the Starwood resort chain, acquired by Marriott in 2015. At the time, threat actors were able to infiltrate Starwood systems ...

  • Hacker is selling 34 million user records stolen from 17 companies

    October 31, 2020

    A threat actor is selling account databases containing an aggregate total of 34 million user records that they claim were stolen from seventeen companies during data breaches. On October 28th, a data breach broker created a new topic on a hacker forum to sell the stolen user databases for seventeen companies. In a conversation with BleepingComputer, the ...

  • Windows kernel zero-day disclosed by Google’s Project Zero after bug exploited in the wild by hackers

    October 30, 2020

    Google’s Project Zero bug-hunting team has disclosed a Windows kernel flaw that’s being actively exploited by miscreants to gain administrator access on compromised machines. The web giant’s bug report was privately disclosed to Microsoft on October 22, and publicly revealed just seven days later, after it detected persons unknown exploiting the programming blunder. The privilege-escalation issue ...

  • Wroba Mobile Banking Trojan Spreads to the U.S. via Texts

    October 30, 2020

    The Wroba mobile banking trojan has made a major pivot, targeting people in the U.S. for the first time. According to researchers at Kaspersky, a wave of attacks are taking aim at U.S. Android and iPhone users in an effort that started on Thursday. The campaign uses text messages to spread, using fake notifications for “package ...

  • Lazada confirms 1.1M accounts compromised in RedMart security breach

    October 30, 2020

    Singapore-based online grocery platform RedMart has suffered a data breach that compromised personal data of 1.1 million accounts. An individual has claimed to be in possession of the database involved in the breach, which contains various personal information such as mailing addresses, encrypted passwords, and partial credit card numbers. RedMart customers on Friday were logged out ...

  • SMS Phishing Attempts Are Riding the Presidential Election Wave

    October 30, 2020

    SMS-based outreach has become a standard in the political playbook, with candidates and their supporters soliciting financial support, opinions, and votes through texting with increasing frequency and sophistication. In the course of protecting enterprise endpoints, Symantec, a division of Broadcom, has turned up evidence of an increasingly prevalent scam tactic in the run-up to the ...

  • CISA, FBI, and CNMF Identify a New Malware Variant: ComRAT

    October 29, 2020

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Defense Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF) have identified a malware variant—referred to as ComRAT—used by the Russian-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) actor Turla. In addition, U.S. Cyber Command has released the malware sample to the malware aggregation tool and ...

  • Oracle WebLogic Server RCE Flaw Under Active Attack

    October 29, 2020

    If an organization hasn’t updated their Oracle WebLogic servers to protect them against a recently disclosed RCE flaw, researchers have a dire warning: “Assume it has been compromised.” Oracle WebLogic Server is a popular application server used in building and deploying enterprise Java EE applications. The console component of the WebLogic Server has a flaw, CVE-2020-14882, ...

  • REvil ransomware gang claims over $100 million profit in a year

    October 29, 2020

    REvil ransomware developers say that they made more than $100 million in one year by extorting large businesses across the world from various sectors. They are driven by profit and want to make $2 billion from their ransomware service, adopting the most lucrative trends in their pursuit of wealth. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Hacker releases Georgia county’s election-related files

    October 29, 2020

    Hackers on Tuesday released a sample of stolen election-related documents from networks in Hall County, Ga., as part of their efforts to pressure county officials into paying a ransom for control of the files. The Wall Street Journal reported that the batch of files, which were largely administrative and nonsensitive in nature, came as part of ...

  • Brooklyn & Vermont hospitals are latest Ryuk ransomware victims

    October 29, 2020

    Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn and the University of Vermont Health Network are the latest victims of the Ryuk ransomware attack spree covering the healthcare industry across the U.S. Yesterday, the U.S. government hosted an emergency call with stakeholders in the healthcare industry to alert them to an “increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. ...

  • Threat Assessment: Ryuk Ransomware and Trickbot Targeting U.S. Healthcare and Public Health Sector

    October 29, 2020

    On Oct. 28, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a joint cybersecurity alert regarding an increased and imminent cybersecurity threat to the U.S. healthcare system. Threat operators have displayed a heightened interest in targeting the healthcare and the public ...

  • Domain Parking: A Gateway to Attackers Spreading Emotet and Impersonating McAfee

    October 29, 2020

    Domain parking services offer a simple solution for domain owners to monetize their sites’ traffic through third-party advertisements. While domain parking might appear harmless at first glance, parked domains pose significant threats, as they can redirect visitors to malicious or unwanted landing pages or turn entirely malicious at any point in time. We have been detecting ...

  • FBI warning: Trickbot and ransomware attackers plan big hit on US hospitals

    October 29, 2020

    US healthcare providers, already under pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic, have been put on high alert over Trickbot malware and ransomware targeting the sector. The warning over an “imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers” comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), ...

  • Maze ransomware is shutting down its cybercrime operation

    October 29, 2020

    The Maze cybercrime gang is shutting down its operations after rising to become one of the most prominent players performing ransomware attacks. The Maze ransomware began operating in May 2019 but became more active in November. That’s when the media-savvy operation revolutionized ransomware attacks by introducing a double-extortion tactic. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • North Korea-Backed Spy Group Poses as Reporters in Spearphishing Attacks, Feds Warn

    October 28, 2020

    The North Korean advanced persistent threat (APT) group known as Kimsuky is actively attacking commercial-sector businesses, often by posing as South Korean reporters, according to an alert from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Kimsuky (a.k.a. Hidden Cobra) has been operating as a cyberespionage group since 2012 under the auspices of the regime in ...

  • Trump Campaign Website Defaced by Cryptocurrency Scam

    October 28, 2020

    Hackers took over President Trump’s 2020 election campaign website late Tuesday, replacing parts of the site with a cryptocurrency scam before returning it to its original content several minutes later. Journalist Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler was the first to notice the attack while he was doing research for a climate-change article, he wrote in a tweet. The ...

  • DDoS attacks in Q3 2020

    October 28, 2020

    Q3 was relatively calm from a DDoS perspective. There were no headline innovations, although cybercriminals did continue to master techniques and develop malware already familiar to us from the last reporting period. For example, another DDoS botnet joined in the assault on Docker environments. The perpetrators infiltrated the target server, created an infected container, and ...

  • APT groups aren’t all from Russia, China, and North Korea

    October 28, 2020

    Advance persistent threat (APT) hacker groups are often assumed to be state-supported organisations such as China’s APT10 aka Stone Panda, Russia’s APT28 aka Fancy Bear, or Vietnam’s APT32 aka Ocean Lotus. However, these and other groups are often identified and named by cyber intelligence firms with strong links to their national government. FireEye and Crowdstrike in ...