News – September 2020


  • APT-C-23 Android Spyware Variant Snoops on WhatsApp, Telegram Messages

    September 30, 2020

    Researchers say they have uncovered a new Android spyware variant with an updated command-and-control communication strategy and extended surveillance capabilities that snoops on social media apps WhatsApp and Telegram. The malware, Android/SpyC32.A, is currently being used in active campaigns targeting victims in the Middle East. It is a new variant of an existing malware operated by ...

  • Zerologon Attacks Against Microsoft DCs Snowball in a Week

    September 29, 2020

    A spike in exploitation attempts against the Microsoft vulnerability CVE-2020-1472, known as the Zerologon bug, continues to plague businesses. That’s according to researchers from Cisco Talos, who warned that cybercriminals are redoubling their efforts to trigger the elevation-of-privilege bug in the Netlogon Remote Protocol, which was addressed in the August Microsoft Patch Tuesday report. Microsoft announced ...

  • Microsoft: Some ransomware attacks take less than 45 minutes

    September 29, 2020

    For many years, the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report has been the gold standard in terms of providing a yearly overview of all the major events and trends in the cyber-security and threat intelligence landscape. While Microsoft unceremoniously retired the old SIR reports back in 2018, the OS maker appears to have realized its mistake, and has ...

  • Cross-Platform / Modular Glupteba Malware Uses ManageX

    September 29, 2020

    We recently encountered a variant of Glupteba (detected by Trend Micro as Trojan.Win32.GLUPTEBA.WLDR). Glupteba is a trojan type that has been involved with Operation Windigo in the past. We also reported its attacks on MikroTik routers and updates on its command and control (C&C) servers. With regard to its behavior, the variant shares many similarities with ...

  • Why Web Browser Padlocks Shouldn’t Be Trusted

    September 29, 2020

    For years, Apple, Firefox, Google and Microsoft relentlessly made the point that in order to avoid rogue sites you must make sure your browser “padlock” is either locked, green or is otherwise indicating a site as being “secure.” Now, cybersecurity firms are stressing that those padlocks are not enough. “You must look beyond the lock,” said ...

  • DDoS attacks are getting more powerful as attackers change tactics

    September 29, 2020

    There’s been a surge in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks throughout the course of this year, and the attacks are getting more powerful and more disruptive. DDoS attacks are launched against websites or web services with the aim of disrupting them to the extent that they are taken offline. Attackers direct the traffic from a ...

  • WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO USE PROFESSIONAL ANTI-DDoS SOLUTIONS

    September 28, 2020

    By StormWall DDoS attacks have become the most common and affordable cyber weapon (the cost of launching an efficient DDoS attack may start from $50 per day). Thus, a DDoS attack is a simple way to cause damage that can have long-term consequences. During an attack, the targeted websites or services become unavailable. As a result, ...

  • REvil ransomware deposits $1 million in hacker recruitment drive

    September 28, 2020

    The REvil Ransomware (Sodinokibi) operation has deposited $1 million in bitcoins on a Russian-speaking hacker forum to prove to potential affiliates that they mean business. Many ransomware operations are conducted as a Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS), where developers are in charge of developing the ransomware and payment site, and affiliates are recruited to hack businesses and encrypt their ...

  • UHS hospital network hit by ransomware attack

    September 28, 2020

    Universal Health Services (UHS), a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest healthcare providers in the US, has been impacted by a ransomware attack over the weekend. UHS hospitals have been operating without internal IT systems since Sunday morning, according to employees and patients who took to social media today. Some patients have been turned away ...

  • Joker Trojans Flood the Android Ecosystem

    September 28, 2020

    More variants of the Joker Android malware are cropping up in Google Play as well as third-party app stores, in a trend that researchers say points to a relentless targeting of the Android mobile platform. Researchers at Zscaler have found 17 different samples of Joker being regularly uploaded to Google Play during September. Collectively, these have ...

  • Microsoft disrupts nation-state hacker op using Azure Cloud service

    September 25, 2020

    In a report this week, Microsoft said that it disrupted operations of a nation-state threat group that was using its Azure cloud infrastructure for cyber attacks. Microsoft refers to the actor by the name Gadolinium and says that it’s been active for about a decade targeting organizations in the maritime and health industry; more recently, the ...

  • The Windows XP source code was allegedly leaked online

    September 25, 2020

    The source code for Windows XP SP1 and other versions of the operating system was allegedly leaked online today. The leaker claims to have spent the last two months compiling a collection of leaked Microsoft source code. This 43GB collection was then released today as a torrent on the 4chan forum . Included in this torrent is ...

  • Update now: Cisco warns over 25 high-impact flaws in its IOS and IOS XE software

    September 25, 2020

    Cisco has alerted customers using its IOS and ISO XE networking gear software to apply updates for 34 flaws across 25 high-severity security advisories. The large number of flaws affecting ISO and ISO XE are due to the advisories being announced as part of Cisco’s semi-annual release for the widely used software for Cisco routers and ...

  • CISA says a hacker breached a federal agency

    September 24, 2020

    A hacker has gained access and exfiltrated data from a federal agency, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said on Thursday. The name of the hacked federal agency, the date of the intrusion, or any details about the intruder, such as an industry codename or state affiliation, were not disclosed. CISA officials revealed the hack after ...

  • Threat landscape for industrial automation systems. H1 2020

    September 24, 2020

    Beginning in H2 2019 we have observed a tendency for decreases in the percentages of attacked computers, both in the ICS and in the corporate and personal environments. In H1 2020 the percentage of ICS computers on which malicious objects were blocked has decreased by 6.6 percentage points to 32.6%. The number was highest in Algeria (58.1%), ...

  • New ‘Alien’ malware can steal passwords from 226 Android apps

    September 24, 2020

    Security researchers have discovered and analyzed a new strain of Android malware that comes with a wide array of features allowing it to steal credentials from 226 applications. Named Alien, this new trojan has been active since the start of the year and has been offered as a Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) offering on underground hacking forums. In a ...

  • Critical Industrial Flaws Pose Patching Headache For Manufacturers

    September 23, 2020

    While patch management already presents challenges for enterprises, it’s even more of a headache for manufacturers and other industrial firms – who may even need to shut down entire factory operations in order to apply fixes. Sharon Brizinov, the principal vulnerability researcher with Claroty, has discovered and reported various security flaws in industrial control systems (ICS), ...

  • Government software provider Tyler Technologies hit by ransomware

    September 23, 2020

    Leading government technology services provider Tyler Technologies has suffered a ransomware attack that has disrupted its operations. Tyler Technologies is one of the largest U.S. software development and technology services companies dedicated to the public sector. With a forecasted $1.2 billion in revenue for 2020 and 5,500 employees, Tyler Technologies provides technical services for local governments in ...

  • Microsoft: Hackers using Zerologon exploits in attacks, patch now!

    September 23, 2020

    Microsoft has warned that attackers are actively using the Windows Server Zerologon exploits in attacks and advises all Windows administrators to install the necessary security updates. As part of the August 2020 Patch Tuesday security updates, Microsoft fixed a critical 10/10 rated security vulnerability known as ‘CVE-2020-1472 | Netlogon Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability’.from other specific target ...

  • Case Study: Emotet Thread Hijacking, an Email Attack Technique

    September 23, 2020

    Malicious spam (malspam) pushing Emotet malware is the most common email-based threat, far surpassing other malware families, with only a few other threats coming close. In recent weeks, we have seen significantly more Emotet malspam using a technique called “thread hijacking” that utilizes legitimate messages stolen from infected computers’ email clients. This malspam spoofs a legitimate ...