INTERPOL report shows alarming rate of cyberattacks during COVID-19

An INTERPOL assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on cybercrime has shown a significant target shift from individuals and small businesses to major corporations, governments and critical infrastructure. With organizations and businesses rapidly deploying remote systems and networks to support Read More …

Russian hackers tried to steal coronavirus vaccine – UK accuses Putin’s secretive spy team

The UK Government has released a joint statement with the US and Canada claiming Moscow has sought to infiltrate research from pharmaceutical companies and universities. It is believed Cozy Bear, a group linked to the Russian government, have sought to Read More …

IcedID Banker is Back, Adding Steganography, COVID-19 Theme

A new version of the IcedID banking trojan has debuted that notably embraces steganography – the practice of hiding code within images – in order to stealthily infect victims. It has also changed up its process for eavesdropping on victims’ Read More …

Germany launches terrorism probe over planned attack on Muslims

German authorities arrested a 21-year-old man and launched a terrorism investigation after he threatened to carry out an attack targeting Muslims, prosecutors said on Monday. The 21-year-old man from the northern city of Hildesheim made the threat in an anonymous Read More …

‘[F]Unicorn’ Ransomware Impersonates Legit COVID-19 Contact-Tracing App

A fresh ransomware strain known as “[F]Unicorn” has emerged, first seen this week targeting users by pretending to be an official government COVID-19 contact tracing app. According to an advisory from the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) from the Agency Read More …

QNodeService: Node.js Trojan Spread via Covid-19 Lure

We recently noticed a Twitter post by MalwareHunterTeam that showed a Java downloader with a low detection rate. Its name, “Company PLP_Tax relief due to Covid-19 outbreak CI+PL.jar”, suggests it may have been used in a Covid-19-themed phishing campaign. Running this file Read More …

COVID-19 blamed for 238% surge in cyberattacks against banks

The coronavirus pandemic has been connected to a 238% surge in cyberattacks against banks, new research claims. On Thursday, VMware Carbon Black released the third edition of the Modern Bank Heists report, which says that financial organizations experienced a massive uptick in cyberattack attempts Read More …

COVID-19 Themed Malware Within Cloud Environments

Unit 42 researchers found that public cloud infrastructure has communicated with domains known to distribute COVID-19 themed malware. On March 24, 2020, Unit 42 published a blog discussing attack patterns used by malicious actors in relation to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Taking Read More …

Zeus Sphinx revamped as coronavirus relief payment attack wave continues

The Zeus Sphinx banking Trojan is now receiving frequent updates and upgrades to its malicious arsenal while being deployed in active coronavirus scams. On Monday, IBM Security researcher Nir Shwarts said the company has been tracking the evolution of the malware which Read More …