News – September 2020


  • Looking for sophisticated malware in IoT devices

    September 23, 2020

    Smart watches, smart home devices and even smart cars – as more and more connected devices join the IoT ecosystem, the importance of ensuring their security becomes patently obvious. It’s widely known that the smart devices which are now inseparable parts of our lives are not very secure against cyberattacks. Malware targeting IoT devices has been ...

  • A Blind Spot in ICS Security: The Protocol Gateway [Part 3] What ICS Security Administrators can Do

    September 23, 2020

    A protocol gateway is a small network device, also called a “protocol converter” or “IoT gateway.” It is similar to an “interpreter” in the digital word, and acts as a communications intermediary between different protocols. As the integration of networks accelerates with IoT, protocol conversion grows increasingly important. However, the security of protocol gateways has ...

  • Ransomware gang targets Russian businesses in rare coordinated attacks

    September 23, 2020

    Security firm Group-IB says it identified a new cybercrime group that, for the past six months, has repeatedly and intentionally targeted Russian businesses with malware and ransomware attacks. Named OldGremlin, Group-IB says the hackers are behind targeted attacks with a new strain ransomware called TinyCryptor (aka decr1pt). “They have been trying to target only Russian companies so ...

  • AgeLocker ransomware targets QNAP NAS devices, steals data

    September 23, 2020

    QNAP NAS devices are being targeted in attacks by the AgeLocker ransomware, which encrypts the device’s data, and in some cases, steal files from the victim. AgeLocker is ransomware that utilizes an encryption algorithm called Age (Actually Good Encryption) designed to replace GPG for encrypting files, backups, and streams. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Mispadu Banking Trojan Resurfaces

    September 22, 2020

    Recent spam campaigns leading to URSA/Mispadu banking trojan (detected by Trend Micro as TrojanSpy.Win32.MISPADU.THIADBO) have been uncovered, as reported by malware analyst Pedro Tavares in a Twitter post and by Seguranca Informatica in a blog post. Mispadu malware steals credentials from users’ systems. This attack targets systems with Spanish and Portuguese as system languages. It is ...

  • Healthcare lags behind in critical vulnerability management, banks hold their ground

    September 22, 2020

    Vulnerability management is a key component of modern strategies to combat cyberattackers, but which industries perform well in this area? The general public faces phishing attempts, spam, malvertising, and more in their daily lives. However, in the business realm, successfully targeting major companies — including banks, industrial giants, and medical facilities — can be far more ...

  • CISA warns of notable increase in LokiBot malware

    September 22, 2020

    The US government’s cyber-security agency has issued a security advisory today warning federal agencies and the private sector about “a notable increase in the use of LokiBot malware by malicious cyber actors since July 2020.” The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said that its in-house security platform (the EINSTEIN Intrusion Detection System) has detected persistent ...

  • Russian hackers use fake NATO training docs to breach govt networks

    September 22, 2020

    A Russian hacker group known by names, APT28, Fancy Bear, Sofacy, Sednit, and STRONTIUM, is behind a targeted attack campaign aimed at government bodies. The group delivered a hard-to-detect strand of Zebrocy Delphi malware under the pretense of providing NATO training materials. Researchers further inspected the files containing the payload and discovered these impersonated JPG files showing ...

  • Fileless Malware Tops Critical Endpoint Threats for 1H 2020

    September 21, 2020

    In the first half of 2020, the most common critical-severity cybersecurity threat to endpoints was fileless malware, according to a recent analysis of telemetry data from Cisco. Fileless threats consist of malicious code that runs in memory after initial infection, instead of files being stored on the hard drive. Cisco flagged threats like Kovter, Poweliks, Divergent ...

  • Member of ‘The Dark Overlord’ hacking group sentenced to five years in prison

    September 21, 2020

    A UK national pleaded guilty today to extorting tens of companies across the world as a member of an infamous hacking group known as The Dark Overlord (TDO). Nathan Francis Wyatt, 39, was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $1,467,048 in restitution to victims. According to court documents, Wyatt was part of the ...

  • Cyber Competition And Nonstate Actors In A Data-Rich World

    September 21, 2020

    Last year I got a parking ticket for lingering too long in a limited zone. Parking tickets are not sufficient reason to declare war on a city’s thinly veiled vehicular taxation scheme for the absentminded. And yet I wanted to. So instead of dutifully filling out the online payment form, I started searching for ways to ...

  • US govt orders federal agencies to patch dangerous Zerologon bug by Monday

    September 20, 2020

    The Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity division has ordered federal civilian agencies to install a security patch for Windows Servers, citing “unacceptable risk” posed by the vulnerability to federal networks. The DHS order was issued via an emergency directive, a rarely-used legal mechanism through which US government officials can force federal agencies into taking various actions. The ...

  • Hackers leak details of 1,000 high-ranking Belarus police officers

    September 20, 2020

    A group of hackers has leaked on Saturday the names and personal details of more than 1,000 high-ranking Belarusian police officers in response to violent police crackdowns against anti-government demonstrations. The leaked data included names, dates of birth, and the officers’ departments and job titles. Details for 1,003 police officers were leaked via a Google spreadsheet, with ...

  • Spammers use hexadecimal IP addresses to evade detection

    September 18, 2020

    A spam group has picked up a pretty clever trick that has allowed it to bypass email filters and security systems and land in more inboxes than usual. The trick relies on a quirk in RFC791 — a standard that describes the Internet Protocol (IP). Among the various technical details, RFC791 is also the standard that describes ...

  • Latest U.S. Indictments Target Iranian Espionage Actors

    September 18, 2020

    The U.S. government has indicted three Iranian nationals on charges related to cyber attacks against aerospace and satellite technology companies. Said Pourkarim Arabi, Mohammad Reza Espargham, and Mohammad Bayati are alleged to have carried out a string of attacks between 2015 and 2019 which resulted in the theft of sensitive commercial information, intellectual property, and ...

  • CEO of cyber fraud startup NS8 arrested for defrauding investors in $123m scheme

    September 18, 2020

    The chief executive of cyber fraud prevention company NS8 has been arrested and charged for defrauding the firm’s own investors. Adam Rogas was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Thursday. The 43-year-old is the co-founder and CEO of startup NS8, an organization that ...

  • APT41: Indictments Put Chinese Espionage Group in the Spotlight

    September 18, 2020

    The U.S. government has charged seven men in relation to hundreds of cyber attacks against organizations in the U.S. and multiple other countries in Asia and Europe. Two of the men, who were based in Malaysia, were arrested and their extradition to the U.S. has been requested. The other five are based in China and ...

  • Iran’s RampantKitten spy crew were snooping on expats and dissidents for six years

    September 18, 2020

    Infosec outfit Check Point says it has uncovered a six-year Iranian cyber-spying campaign directed at expats and dissidents worldwide. The Iranian crew, nicknamed RampantKitten, used a variety of infostealers to help themselves to targets’ files, as well as extracting passwords from management software KeePass and breaking into Telegram Desktop installations. A malicious Android app posing as a ...

  • Patient dies after ransomware attack reroutes her to remote hospital in Germany

    September 17, 2020

    A woman seeking emergency treatment for a life-threatening condition died after a ransomware attack crippled a nearby hospital in Duesseldorf, Germany, and forced her to obtain services from a more distant facility, it was widely reported on Thursday. German authorities are investigating the unknown perpetrators on suspicion of negligent manslaughter, the Associated Press, German news outlet ...

  • US charges Iranian hackers for breaching US satellite companies

    September 17, 2020

    Three Iranian nationals have been indicted on charges of hacking US aerospace and satellite companies, the US Department of Justice announced today. Federal prosecutors accused Said Pourkarim Arabi, Mohammad Reza Espargham, and Mohammad Bayati of orchestrating a years-long hacking campaign on behalf of the Iranian government. The hacking spree started in July 2015 and targeted a broad ...