News – September 2021


  • Numando banking Trojan abuses YouTube to manage remote settings

    September 17, 2021

    A banking Trojan has been detected that abuses YouTube, Pastebin, and other public platforms in order to spread and control compromised machines. On Friday, ESET wrapped up a series on banking Trojans present in Latin America — including Janeleiro, a new malware sample similar to Casbaneiro, Grandoreiro, and Mekotio — but this one does not just ...

  • Cyberattacks against the aviation industry linked to Nigerian threat actor

    September 17, 2021

    Researchers have unmasked a lengthy campaign against the aviation sector, beginning with the analysis of a Trojan by Microsoft. On May 11, Microsoft Security Intelligence published a Twitter thread outlining a campaign targeting the “aerospace and travel sectors with spear-phishing emails that distribute an actively developed loader, which then delivers RevengeRAT or AsyncRAT.” Read more… Source: ZDNet  

  • An American Company Fears Its Windows Hacks Helped India Spy On China And Pakistan

    September 17, 2021

    Earlier this year, researchers at Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky witnessed a cyberespionage campaign targeting Microsoft Windows PCs at government and telecom entities in China and Pakistan. They began in June 2020 and continued through to April 2021. What piqued the researchers’ interest was the hacking software used by the digital spies, whom Kaspersky had dubbed ...

  • Exploitation of the CVE-2021-40444 vulnerability in MSHTML

    September 16, 2021

    Last week, Microsoft reported the remote code execution vulnerability CVE-2021-40444 in the MSHTML browser engine. According to the company, this vulnerability has already been used in targeted attacks against Microsoft Office users. In attempt to exploit this vulnerability, attackers create a document with a specially-crafted object. If a user opens the document, MS Office will ...

  • Dangling Domains: Security Threats, Detection and Prevalence

    September 16, 2021

    The Domain Name System (DNS) provides the naming service which maps mnemonic domain names to various resources such as IP addresses, email servers and so on. As one of the most fundamental internet components, DNS and domain names usually serve as trusted anchors for users to access desired internet resources. As a result, threat actors ...

  • REvil/Sodinokibi Ransomware Universal Decryptor Key Is Out

    September 16, 2021

    REvil victims, your prayers have been answered: There’s a universal decryptor key waiting to free you. Bitdefender is releasing a free, universal decryptor key to unlock data of victimized organizations that were encrypted by REvil/Sodinokibi ransomware attacks before the gang’s servers went belly-up on July 13. The firm announced that it’s giving away the universal key on ...

  • Azure Zero-Day Flaws Highlight Lurking Supply-Chain Risk

    September 16, 2021

    Four Microsoft zero-day vulnerabilities in the Azure cloud platform’s Open Management Infrastructure (OMI) — a software that many don’t know is embedded in a host of services — show that OMI represents a significant security blind spot, researchers said. Collectively dubbed “OMIGOD” because of the name and the reaction of the researchers who discovered them, the ...

  • APT Actors Exploiting Newly Identified Vulnerability in ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus

    September 16, 2021

    This joint advisory is the result of analytic efforts between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Coast Guard Cyber Command (CGCYBER), and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to highlight the cyber threat associated with active exploitation of a newly identified vulnerability (CVE-2021-40539) in ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus—a self-service password management and single ...

  • Airline Credential-Theft Takes Off in Widening Campaign

    September 16, 2021

    A two-year-old espionage campaign against the airline industry is ongoing, with AsyncRAT and other commodity remote-access trojans (RATs) helping those efforts take flight. The campaign can effectively be a bird strike to the business engine, so to speak, resulting in data theft, financial fraud or follow-on attacks, researchers said, who have uncovered new details about ...

  • Ransomware encrypts South Africa’s entire Dept of Justice network

    September 15, 2021

    The justice ministry of the South African government is working on restoring its operations after a recent ransomware attack encrypted all its systems, making all electronic services unavailable both internally and to the public. As a consequence of the attack, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development said that child maintenance payments are now on hold ...

  • Former U.S. intel operatives to pay $1.6M for hacking for foreign govt

    September 15, 2021

    The U.S. government has entered a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with three former intelligence operatives to resolve criminal charges relating to their offering of hacking services to a foreign government. Between 2016 and 2019, Marc Baier, Ryan Adams, and Daniel Gericke provided their services to a company that ran sophisticated hacking operations for the United Arab ...

  • Attackers Impersonate DoT in Two-Day Phishing Scam

    September 15, 2021

    Threat actors impersonated the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) in a two-day phishing campaign that used a combination of tactics – including creating new domains that mimic federal sites so as to appear to be legitimate – to evade security detections. Between Aug. 16-18, researchers at e-mail security provider INKY detected 41 phishing emails dangling the ...

  • Analyzing The ForcedEntry Zero-Click iPhone Exploit Used By Pegasus

    September 15, 2021

    Citizen Lab has released a report detailing sophisticated iPhone exploits being used against nine Bahraini activists. The activists were reportedly hacked with the NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware using two zero-click iMessage exploits: Kismet, which was identified in 2020; and ForcedEntry, a new vulnerability that was identified in 2021. Zero-click attacks are labeled as sophisticated threats ...

  • Australia, UK, and US form trilateral pact focused on security in Indo-Pacific

    September 15, 2021

    Australia, the UK, and the US are setting up a trilateral partnership aimed at addressing defence and security concerns in the Indo-Pacific region. The security partnership, called AUKUS, will look to promote deeper information and technology sharing between the three governments, with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying the new security partnership would enhance existing networks ...

  • Phishing Eager Travelers

    September 15, 2021

    Threat actors have always been adept at keeping abreast of worldwide trends – ranging from geopolitical to technical – and rapidly exploiting these trends for their benefit. The current pandemic is no exception. Unit 42 has previously reported on how cybercriminals have preyed on consumers during COVID-19 and on the use of COVID-19 themed phishing ...