Cyber Security

Jan 28, 2023Ravie LakshmananCyber Threat / Cyber War Ukraine has come under a fresh cyber onslaught from Russia that involved the deployment of a previously undocumented Golang-based data wiper dubbed SwiftSlicer. ESET attributed the attack to Sandworm, a nation-state group linked to Military Unit 74455 of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of
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Jan 29, 2023Ravie LakshmananCyber Threat / Malware The threat actors associated with the Gootkit malware have made “notable changes” to their toolset, adding new components and obfuscations to their infection chains. Google-owned Mandiant is monitoring the activity cluster under the moniker UNC2565, noting that the usage of the malware is “exclusive to this group.” Gootkit,
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Jan 28, 2023The Hacker News The use of software as a service (SaaS) is experiencing rapid growth and shows no signs of slowing down. Its decentralized and easy-to-use nature is beneficial for increasing employee productivity, but it also poses many security and IT challenges. Keeping track of all the SaaS applications that have been granted
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Jan 28, 2023Ravie LakshmananEmail Security / Cyber Threat Microsoft is urging customers to keep their Exchange servers updated as well as take steps to bolster the environment, such as enabling Windows Extended Protection and configuring certificate-based signing of PowerShell serialization payloads. “Attackers looking to exploit unpatched Exchange servers are not going to go away,” the
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Jan 28, 2023Ravie LakshmananServer Security / DNS The Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) has released patches to address multiple security vulnerabilities in the Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND) 9 Domain Name System (DNS) software suite that could lead to a denial-of-service (DoS) condition. “A remote attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to potentially cause denial-of-service conditions and
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Jan 27, 2023Ravie LakshmananEndpoint Security / Malware Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a PlugX sample that employs sneaky methods to infect attached removable USB media devices in order to propagate the malware to additional systems. “This PlugX variant is wormable and infects USB devices in such a way that it conceals itself from the Windows operating
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Jan 27, 2023Ravie LakshmananThreat Response / Cyber Crime Cybersecurity researchers have discovered the real-world identity of the threat actor behind Golden Chickens malware-as-a-service, who goes by the online persona “badbullzvenom.” eSentire’s Threat Response Unit (TRU), in an exhaustive report published following a 16-month-long investigation, said it “found multiple mentions of the badbullzvenom account being shared
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Jan 26, 2023Ravie LakshmananEncryption / Windows Security Proof-of-concept (Poc) code has been released for a now-patched high-severity security flaw in the Windows CryptoAPI that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.K. National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) reported to Microsoft last year. Tracked as CVE-2022-34689 (CVSS score: 7.5), the spoofing vulnerability was addressed by
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Jan 26, 2023Ravie LakshmananThreat Analysis Google on Thursday disclosed it took steps to dismantle over 50,000 instances of activity orchestrated by a pro-Chinese influence operation known as DRAGONBRIDGE in 2022. “Most DRAGONBRIDGE activity is low quality content without a political message, populated across many channels and blogs,” the company’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) said in
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Jan 26, 2023Ravie LakshmananEncryption / Ransomware The infrastructure associated with the Hive ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) operation has been seized as part of a coordinated law enforcement effort involving 13 countries. “Law enforcement identified the decryption keys and shared them with many of the victims, helping them regain access to their data without paying the cybercriminals,” Europol
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Jan 26, 2023Ravie LakshmananThreat Detection / Endpoint Security Cybersecurity researchers have unearthed a new Python-based attack campaign that leverages a Python-based remote access trojan (RAT) to gain control over compromised systems since at least August 2022. “This malware is unique in its utilization of WebSockets to avoid detection and for both command-and-control (C2) communication and
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Security stakeholders have come to realize that the prominent role the browser has in the modern corporate environment requires a re-evaluation of how it is managed and protected. While not long-ago web-borne risks were still addressed by a patchwork of endpoint, network, and cloud solutions, it is now clear that the partial protection these solutions
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Jan 25, 2023Ravie LakshmananWebsite Security / WordPress A massive campaign has infected over 4,500 WordPress websites as part of a long-running operation that’s been believed to be active since at least 2017. According to GoDaddy-owned Sucuri, the infections involve the injection of obfuscated JavaScript hosted on a malicious domain named “track[.]violetlovelines[.]com” that’s designed to redirect
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Jan 25, 2023Ravie LakshmananData Breach / Remote Work Tool LastPass-owner GoTo (formerly LogMeIn) on Tuesday disclosed that unidentified threat actors were able to steal encrypted backups of some customers’ data along with an encryption key for some of those backups in a November 2022 incident. The breach, which targeted a third-party cloud storage service, impacted
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Jan 24, 2023Ravie LakshmananCryptocurrency / Cyber Crime The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday confirmed that North Korean threat actors were responsible for the theft of $100 million in cryptocurrency assets from Harmony Horizon Bridge in June 2022. The law enforcement agency attributed the hack to the Lazarus Group and APT38, the latter
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Jan 24, 2023Ravie LakshmananCyber Espionage / Golang Organizations in East Asia are being targeted by a likely Chinese-speaking actor dubbed DragonSpark while employing uncommon tactics to go past security layers. “The attacks are characterized by the use of the little known open source SparkRAT and malware that attempts to evade detection through Golang source code
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Jan 23, 2023Ravie LakshmananMobile Hacking / App Security Two security flaws have been disclosed in Samsung’s Galaxy Store app for Android that could be exploited by a local attacker to stealthily install arbitrary apps or direct prospective victims to fraudulent landing pages on the web. The issues, tracked as CVE-2023-21433 and CVE-2023-21434, were discovered by
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Jan 23, 2023Ravie LakshmananMobile Security / Malvertising Researchers have shut down an “expansive” ad fraud scheme that spoofed more than 1,700 applications from 120 publishers and impacted roughly 11 million devices. “VASTFLUX was a malvertising attack that injected malicious JavaScript code into digital ad creatives, allowing the fraudsters to stack numerous invisible video ad players
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