APT33 Mounts Focused, Highly Targeted Botnet Attacks Against U.S. Victims

The Iran-linked, espionage-focused advanced threat group known as APT33 has been spotted using more than a dozen obfuscated botnets to carry out narrowly targeted attacks against government and academic targets in the Middle East, the U.S. and Asia. Each botnet, Read More …

Kaspersky identifies mysterious APT mentioned in 2017 Shadow Brokers leak

In 2017, a mysterious group of hackers known as the Shadow Brokers published online a data dump called “Lost in Translation.” The data dump — believed to have been obtained from the US National Security Agency (NSA) — contained a Read More …

Calypso APT Emerges from the Shadows to Target Governments

A newly discovered APT group, dubbed Calypso after a custom malware RAT that it uses, has been targeting state institutions in six different countries since 2016. Government organizations in India (34 percent), Brazil and Kazakhstan (18 percent respectively), Russia and Read More …

Mobile Malware and APT Espionage: Prolific, Pervasive, and Cross-Platform

Until now, the public’s exposure to mobile phone malware has been dominated by news about the privately run “greyware” vendors who have made headlines for being purveyors of spyware tools. These commercial smartphone spyware tools reportedly end up in the Read More …

Russian APT Turla targets 35 countries on the back of Iranian infrastructure

Dozens of countries have become embroiled in a state-backed spat between Russian and Iranian hacking groups, security agencies have warned. On Monday, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), together with the US National Security Agency (NSA), published an advisory warning that Read More …

Researchers find stealthy MSSQL server backdoor developed by Chinese cyberspies

Chinese cyberspies have developed malware that alters Microsoft SQL Server (MSSQL) databases and creates a backdoor mechanism that can let hackers connect to any account by using a “magic password.” Furthermore, as an added benefit, the backdoor also hides user Read More …

Equipping the Education Sector With Threat Intelligence to Defend Against Cyberattacks

When you think about sophisticated cyberattacks, certain targeted industries probably come to mind immediately — government, critical infrastructure, and financial services, to name a few. It’s fair to say that for most people, the education sector isn’t generally first on Read More …

New espionage malware found targeting Russian-speaking users in Eastern Europe

Security researchers have discovered an advanced malware strain that’s been deployed to spy on diplomats and Russian-speaking users in Eastern Europe. The malware, named Attor, has been used in attacks since 2013 but was only discovered last year, according to Read More …