President Biden Signs Extensive Executive Order to Improve Federal Government Cybersecurity
May13

President Biden Signs Extensive Executive Order to Improve Federal Government Cybersecurity

President Biden has signed an Executive Order that seeks to modernize the cybersecurity defenses of the federal government and protect its networks from cyber threats. The Executive Order, which runs to 34 pages, seeks to improve the IT infrastructure of the Federal government to make it more resilient to cyberattacks, better prepare government agencies to allow a swift and effective response in the event of an attack, and improve...

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Microsoft Issued Patches for 55 Vulnerabilities Including 4 Critical Flaws
May12

Microsoft Issued Patches for 55 Vulnerabilities Including 4 Critical Flaws

It has been a relatively quiet Patch Tuesday for Microsoft, with patches released to correct just 55 vulnerabilities across its product suite. None of the four critical flaws are believed to have been exploited in in the wild; however, patches should be applied as soon as possible to prevent exploitation, especially since three of the vulnerabilities have been publicly disclosed. The four critical flaws affect Windows 10, Internet...

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Adobe Patches 43 Vulnerabilities Including 1 Actively Exploited Flaw in Acrobat/Reader
May12

Adobe Patches 43 Vulnerabilities Including 1 Actively Exploited Flaw in Acrobat/Reader

May 2021 Patch Tuesday has seen Adobe issue 43 updates to fix vulnerabilities in 12 different products, including a patch to fix a vulnerability in the Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader that is currently being exploited in the wild. The actively exploited zero-day vulnerability is tracked as CVE-2021-28550 and has been exploited in attacks on Windows devices. The flaw also affects macOS devices, but they are not currently believed to...

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12-Year-Old Vulnerabilities Place Millions of Dell Devices at Risk
May06

12-Year-Old Vulnerabilities Place Millions of Dell Devices at Risk

Hundreds of millions of Dell devices are vulnerable to firmware update driver flaws that could potentially be exploited to achieve remote code execution. The vulnerabilities were identified by security researchers at SentinelOne, and have been present in Dell laptops, desktops, and tablets since 2009. The five vulnerabilities have been combined under a single CVE tracking number – CVE-2021-21551 – which has been assigned a CVSS v3...

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Trifecta of Sophisticated Malware Distributed in Spear Phishing Campaign
May05

Trifecta of Sophisticated Malware Distributed in Spear Phishing Campaign

Three new sophisticated malware variants are being distributed by an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group in a large-scale global phishing campaign, according to a new report from FireEye’s Mandiant cybersecurity team. The new malware variants – dubbed DoubleDrag, DoubleDrop, and DoubleBack – are being distributed using 50 domains and one legitimate compromised domain of an HVAC company. Based on the infrastructure used, the...

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Patch Released for Actively Exploited Pulse Connect Secure VPN Vulnerability
May04

Patch Released for Actively Exploited Pulse Connect Secure VPN Vulnerability

Pulse Secure has released a patch for the actively exploited zero-day vulnerability – CVE-2021-22893 – in the Pulse Connect Secure SSL VPN appliance. Last week, FireEye researchers announced they had identified instances where the flaw had been exploited by threat groups, with one of those groups believed to be a Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat actor. Exploitation of the flaw could allow unauthenticated remote attackers to...

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Vulnerabilities in SonicWall VPN Appliances Targeted in FiveHands Ransomware Attacks
Apr30

Vulnerabilities in SonicWall VPN Appliances Targeted in FiveHands Ransomware Attacks

A vulnerability in Sonicwall SMA 100 Series VPN appliances is being targeted to deliver a previously unknown ransomware variant dubbed FiveHands.  Threat analysts at Mandiant have been tracking the activity of the threat group – UNC2447 – and have observed attacks exploiting the CVE-2021-20016 vulnerability in North America and Europe since October 2020. Sonicwall released a patch to correct the flaw in February 2021. FiveHands...

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Phishing Campaign Impersonates Click Studios to Deliver New Moserpass Malware Variant
Apr29

Phishing Campaign Impersonates Click Studios to Deliver New Moserpass Malware Variant

Last week, Click Studios alerted users of the Passwordstate enterprise password manager about a supply chain attack in which hackers successfully compromised the In-Place Upgrade mechanism of the app, which allowed the attackers to perform malicious upgrades between April 20 and April 22, 2021. During that 28-hour window it is possible that the attackers downloaded a malformed Passwordstate_upgrade.zip file, which was sourced from a...

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Data Exfiltration Extortion Attacks Spike and Ransom Payments Increase
Apr28

Data Exfiltration Extortion Attacks Spike and Ransom Payments Increase

Payments to resolve ransomware and data exfiltration extortion attacks increased in the first quarter of 2021, with the rise largely due to the Accellion legacy File Transfer Appliance (FTA) cyberattack and attacks by small ransomware groups such as CLoP. CLoP was highly active throughout Q1 and was the 4th most common ransomware variant in Q1, having not even been in the top 10 in Q4, 2020. Ransom payments declined in the last...

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Apple Patches Zero-day Flaw Actively Exploited by Shlayer Malware
Apr27

Apple Patches Zero-day Flaw Actively Exploited by Shlayer Malware

An actively exploited zero-day vulnerability in macOS has been patched by Apple. The vulnerability, one of the most serious flaws in macOS to be discovered, allows malware to bypass File Quarantine, Gatekeeper, and Notarization protections. The vulnerability – tracked as CVE-2021-30657 – is due to a logic flaw in the macOS policy subsystem that performs security checks on applications. The flaw was identified by security researcher...

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Actively Exploited Zero Day Vulnerability Identified in Pulse Secure Connect VPN
Apr21

Actively Exploited Zero Day Vulnerability Identified in Pulse Secure Connect VPN

A critical zero-day vulnerability has been identified in Pulse Secure VPN appliances that is being actively exploited by a Chinese advanced persistent threat group. The vulnerability is being chained with previously disclosed Pulse Secure Connect vulnerabilities to gain persistent access to vulnerable appliances and achieve lateral movement within victims’ networks. Targeted organizations include government agencies, defense, critical...

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Patch These Actively Exploited SonicWall Vulnerabilities Now!
Apr20

Patch These Actively Exploited SonicWall Vulnerabilities Now!

SonicWall has released patches to correct three actively exploited vulnerabilities in its on-premises and hosted email security solutions. The vulnerabilities can be exploited remotely to gain access to SonicWall Email Security hardware and virtual appliances as well as software installations on Microsoft Windows Server. Successful exploitation of the vulnerabilities would allow threat actors to access files and emails, install...

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Google Project Zero Adds 30-Day Grace Period to Vulnerability Disclosure Policy
Apr19

Google Project Zero Adds 30-Day Grace Period to Vulnerability Disclosure Policy

Google Project Zero has added a new grace period to its zero-day vulnerability disclosure policy and will now provide an additional 30 days after a patch is released before publishing technical details of the vulnerability. Google introduced its 90-day vulnerability disclosure policy in 2020. The aim of the 90-day delay was to encourage faster patch development and patch adoption, while giving sufficient time to ensure that vendors...

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NSA Warns of Russian Government Hackers Exploiting These 5 Vulnerabilities
Apr16

NSA Warns of Russian Government Hackers Exploiting These 5 Vulnerabilities

The National Security Agency (NSA), in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have issued a cybersecurity alert listing five vulnerabilities that are currently being exploited by the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) to compromise U.S. and allied networks. The SVR has and continues to exploit software vulnerabilities to gain access to...

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FBI Removes Malicious Web Shells from Hundreds of Corporate Exchange Servers
Apr15

FBI Removes Malicious Web Shells from Hundreds of Corporate Exchange Servers

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has removed malicious web shells from hundreds of corporate servers in at least 8 states without the knowledge or permission of the owners of the servers. The web shells were installed on corporate Exchange Servers that had previously been compromised by Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups by exploiting the ProxyLogon Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities. It has been more than a month...

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Name:Wreck DNS Vulnerabilities Affect More than 100 Million IoT Devices
Apr14

Name:Wreck DNS Vulnerabilities Affect More than 100 Million IoT Devices

More than 100 million consumer and enterprise IoT devices are believed to be affected by a new set of DNS vulnerabilities, according to Forescout and the Israeli consultancy firm JSOF. The vulnerabilities, collectively named Name:Wreck, are related to DNS implementations in popular TCP/IP network communication stacks and affect the free IT software FreeBSD and the IoT/OT firmware IPnet, Nucleus NET and NetX. In total, 9...

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Microsoft Patches 108 Vulnerabilities Including 19 Critical Flaws
Apr13

Microsoft Patches 108 Vulnerabilities Including 19 Critical Flaws

April 2021 Patch Tuesday has seen Microsoft issue 108 patches to correct vulnerabilities across its range of products, including one actively exploited zero-day vulnerability and 4 zero-day remote code execution vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server that were recently discovered by the NSA. 19 of the flaws have been rated critical, 88 are rated important, and one is rated moderate severity. Earlier this month, Microsoft also...

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IcedID Malware Distribution Increases as it Vies to Become the New Emotet
Apr12

IcedID Malware Distribution Increases as it Vies to Become the New Emotet

A massive malspam campaign is underway distributing the IcedID banking Trojan. The malicious emails have Microsoft Excel attachments, which use Excel 4 macros to deliver the banking Trojan. IcedID is a modular malware that started life as a Trojan that steals financial information from victims. Like several other banking Trojans, it has since evolved into a malware dropper and is now primarily being used to distribute secondary...

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Collaboration Platforms Increasingly Abused by Threat Actors for Data Exfiltration and Malware Delivery
Apr09

Collaboration Platforms Increasingly Abused by Threat Actors for Data Exfiltration and Malware Delivery

Teleworking has been growing in popularity over the past few years, but the national lockdowns imposed by governments to limit the spread of COVID-19 forced many businesses to allow their workforce to work remotely and telework has now become the norm. Threat actors have adapted their tactics, techniques, and procedures to take advantage in this change in working practices and the collaboration platforms that are now relied upon by...

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SAP and Onapsis Warn of Ongoing Attacks Exploiting Vulnerabilities in Mission-Critical SAP Applications
Apr07

SAP and Onapsis Warn of Ongoing Attacks Exploiting Vulnerabilities in Mission-Critical SAP Applications

6 cybersecurity vulnerabilities in mission-critical SAP applications are being actively exploited by threat actors according to cybersecurity firm Onapsis. Exploitation of the flaws could result in the theft of sensitive data, financial fraud, and disruption of mission-critical systems, including malware and ransomware attacks. Researchers at Onapsis have recorded more than 300 successful attacks exploiting the flaws from mid-2020...

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Are You One of the 533 Million Facebook Account Holders Affected by This Data Breach?
Apr06

Are You One of the 533 Million Facebook Account Holders Affected by This Data Breach?

The personal information of 533 million Facebook account holders has been leaked online on a public hacking forum. The incident that resulted in the theft of such a huge amount of Facebook data is believed to be a 2019 hack that exploited the “Add Friend” Facebook security bug, rather than a more recent hack. The flaw allowed information such as the account holder’s name, Facebook ID, mobile number, gender, occupation, city, country,...

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Fortinet SSL VPN Vulnerabilities Being Actively Exploited by Nation State Hackers
Apr05

Fortinet SSL VPN Vulnerabilities Being Actively Exploited by Nation State Hackers

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have issued a joint alert warning that Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups are actively exploiting vulnerabilities in the Fortinet SSL VPN. The APT groups have been exploiting three vulnerabilities to gain a foothold in networks and are conducting reconnaissance and moving laterally within networks. Government agencies,...

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WannaCry Ransomware Attacks Up 53% Since January 2021
Mar31

WannaCry Ransomware Attacks Up 53% Since January 2021

The latest research published by Check Point shows a resurgence in WannaCry ransomware attacks. It has been almost four years since the ransomware first appeared and was used in a massive global campaign that encrypted an estimated 200,000 computers in 150 countries. Check Point’s telemetry shows there was a 53% increase in WannaCry ransomware in March compared to January. The initial attacks were thwarted when a kill switch was...

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Critical Flaws Identified in Facebook for WordPress Plugin
Mar30

Critical Flaws Identified in Facebook for WordPress Plugin

A critical flaw with a CVSS score of 9.0 has been identified in the official Facebook for WordPress plugin, which is used on more than 500,000 websites to record the actions users take when interacting with webpages. The plugin, also known as Facebook Pixel, captures data such as Lead, ViewContent, AddToCart, InitiateCheckout and Purchase events, by installing a Facebook Pixel on web pages. The vulnerability could be exploited by a...

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FBI/CISA Warn of Increase in Mamba Ransomware Attacks
Mar29

FBI/CISA Warn of Increase in Mamba Ransomware Attacks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in conjunction with the DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have issued a TLS:White alert about Mamba ransomware following an increase in attacks on multiple industry sectors. Over the past few months, the ransomware gang has targeted government agencies and companies operating in the transportation, legal, construction, industrial, manufacturing, and construction...

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Purple Fox Malware Now Has Worm Capabilities for Propagating Across Windows Machines
Mar26

Purple Fox Malware Now Has Worm Capabilities for Propagating Across Windows Machines

A new variant of Purple Fox malware has been detected by researchers at Guardicore Labs that has achieved far greater success at infecting systems thanks to a new worm module for infecting Internet-facing Windows systems. Purple Fox malware was first identified in 2018 and is a fileless malware downloader used to run malicious PowerShell commands on infected devices to download other malware variants onto the compromised system....

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FBI Warns State and Local Governments of Increased Risk of BEC Attacks
Mar23

FBI Warns State and Local Governments of Increased Risk of BEC Attacks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a warning to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments in the United States about Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams. Losses to BEC attacks increased by 5% to more than $1.8 billion in 2020 and between 2018 and 2020, SLTT government entities have been targeted. BEC attacks involve the use of a compromise email account to send messages to individuals with authority...

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Adobe Issues Out-of-Band Patch for Critical ColdFusion Vulnerability
Mar23

Adobe Issues Out-of-Band Patch for Critical ColdFusion Vulnerability

A patch has been issued to correct a critical vulnerability – CVE-2021-21087 – in Adobe ColdFusion that could be exploited by a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system. The Adobe ColdFusion platform is used for building web applications and several versions of the platform are affected by the vulnerability. Vulnerable Adobe ColdFusion Versions: Version 2016 – Update 16 and earlier Version 2018 –...

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Pysa Ransomware Gang Targeting Education Sector, Warns FBI
Mar18

Pysa Ransomware Gang Targeting Education Sector, Warns FBI

The FBI has issued an alert following a surge in Pysa ransomware attacks on K-12 schools and higher education institutions. The Pysa (Mespinoza) ransomware gang has recently conducted attacks in 12 U.S. states and the United Kingdom. The ransomware was first identified in 2019, with the FBI aware of targeted Pysa ransomware attacks in the United States and foreign government entities, educational institutions, private companies, and...

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Google Fixes Actively Exploited Zero Day Vulnerability in the Chrome Browser
Mar16

Google Fixes Actively Exploited Zero Day Vulnerability in the Chrome Browser

Google has patched a zero-day vulnerability in its Chrome browser for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The vulnerability, which is the second zero-day to be patched by Google in the past month and the third in 2021, could be exploited remotely and could allow the execution of arbitrary code on a vulnerable device. The flaw, tracked as CVE-2021-21193, is present in the Blink rendering engine and is a ‘use-after-free’ vulnerability that is...

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TrickBot Becomes Biggest Malware Threat Following Emotet Takedown
Mar12

TrickBot Becomes Biggest Malware Threat Following Emotet Takedown

The Emotet botnet was the biggest malware threat until a joint law enforcement operation succeeded in taking the botnet down. Emotet was primarily used as a malware loader, with the malware-as-a-service operation used to distribute several malware variants. The takedown of the Emotet botnet only caused temporary disruption to malware distribution, with cybercriminals quick to switch to other botnets to distribute their malware...

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Patch Critical BIG-IP and BIG-IQ Vulnerabilities Now, Warns F5 Networks
Mar11

Patch Critical BIG-IP and BIG-IQ Vulnerabilities Now, Warns F5 Networks

On March 10, 2021, F5 Networks released updated software to fix 7 vulnerabilities in BIG-IP and BIG-IQ systems, 4 of which are rated critical, 2 high severity, and 1 medium severity. Vulnerabilities in F5 software are highly sought after by threat actors, as the networking equipment is used by governments and large enterprises. 48 Fortune 50 firms, with the equipment commonly used by banks, ISPs, and many Fortune 500 firms. Previous...

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Microsoft Fixes 82 Vulnerabilities on March 2021 Patch Tuesday Including One Actively Exploited 0Day Flaw
Mar09

Microsoft Fixes 82 Vulnerabilities on March 2021 Patch Tuesday Including One Actively Exploited 0Day Flaw

March 2021 Patch Tuesday saw Microsoft deliver patches for 82 vulnerabilities across its product range, including fixes for 10 critical flaws and 2 zero-day vulnerabilities for which exploits have been made public. The remaining 72 vulnerabilities are all rated important. In addition to the patches released today, Microsoft issued 7 patches to correct flaws in Microsoft Exchange since February 2021 Patch Tuesday, four of which are...

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Multiple Threat Groups Now Exploiting Microsoft Exchange Server Zero-Day Flaws
Mar04

Multiple Threat Groups Now Exploiting Microsoft Exchange Server Zero-Day Flaws

Multiple threat groups have been observed exploiting the four zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server that were patched earlier this week. Microsoft announced the four vulnerabilities have been exploited by a Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group known as Hafnium since at least early January, but following the announcement about the vulnerabilities, several other nation-state hacking groups have been identified...

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Microsoft Releases Out of Band Security Updates to Fix Actively Exploited Microsoft Exchange Server Flaws
Mar03

Microsoft Releases Out of Band Security Updates to Fix Actively Exploited Microsoft Exchange Server Flaws

Microsoft has released patches to correct four zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server that are currently being chained together and exploited by a sophisticated Chinese Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group in cyberespionage attacks on U.S. targets including defense contractors, law firms, universities, and companies involved in infectious disease research. The affected Microsoft Exchange servers are typically used by...

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Ryuk Ransomware Update Adds Worm-Like Capabilities
Mar01

Ryuk Ransomware Update Adds Worm-Like Capabilities

A new variant of Ryuk ransomware has been detected with worm-like capabilities that allow it to spread laterally within an infected network with no human interaction. This is a notable change for a ransomware variant that has previously been deployed manually after access to a network has been gained. Previously, when network access is achieved, the threat actors performed reconnaissance and manually moved laterally within a network...

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Hackers Actively Scanning for Vulnerable VMware Servers after Publication of PoC Exploit Code
Feb26

Hackers Actively Scanning for Vulnerable VMware Servers after Publication of PoC Exploit Code

Scans are currently being conducted to identify VMware vCenter servers that have not been patched, following the publication of Proof-of-Concept (PoC) exploits for a vulnerability tracked as CVE-2021-21972. The vulnerability has been assigned a CVSS v3 base score of 9.8 out of 10 and a patch was released on February 23, 2021. The vulnerability is in the vSphere Client (HTML5), which is a plugin of VMware vCenter that is used as a...

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Cisco Patches Critical Flaws in its Application Services Engine and ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator
Feb25

Cisco Patches Critical Flaws in its Application Services Engine and ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator

Cisco has released a patch to address a critical flaw in the API endpoint of the Cisco ACI Multi-Site Orchestrator (MSO) installed on the Application Services Engine. The flaw, tracked as CVE-2021-1388, has been given the maximum CVSS severity of 10/10. If exploited, an attacker would be able to remotely bypass authentication on an affected device. The flaw could be exploited by sending a specially crafted request to a vulnerable ACI...

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Accellion FTA Extortion Attacks Linked to FIN11 and CL0P Ransomware Gang
Feb23

Accellion FTA Extortion Attacks Linked to FIN11 and CL0P Ransomware Gang

In mid-December, threat actors started exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities in the Accellion File Transfer Appliance (FTA) product, and over the next few weeks it became apparent that many companies had suffered data breaches. The Accellion FTA was originally launched around 20 years ago to get around the problem of emailing large file attachments. Rather than emailing large files, individuals are sent links to the files hosted on the...

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US. Department of Justice Indicts 3 Alleged Members of North Korean Lazarus Hacking Group
Feb19

US. Department of Justice Indicts 3 Alleged Members of North Korean Lazarus Hacking Group

This week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that three North Korean intelligence officials have been indicted for their role in a slew of destructive cyberattacks on U.S. and global organizations spanning many years. The cyberattacks allowed the hackers to steal and extort more than $1.3 billion in money and cryptocurrencies from companies and financial institutions around the world. The three individuals are alleged members...

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Malvertising Gang Exploited WebKit Zero Day to Redirect Web Visitors to Scam Sites
Feb17

Malvertising Gang Exploited WebKit Zero Day to Redirect Web Visitors to Scam Sites

An unpatched zero-day vulnerability in WebKit-based browsers has been exploited by a threat group to redirect website visitors to scam sites for at least 8 months, according to a new report released by cybersecurity firm Confiant. The threat group behind the attack – ScamClub – has been in operation since at least 2018 and primarily uses malicious adverts (malvertising) to direct Internet users to scam sites, often sites running...

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Microsoft: Over 1,000 Hackers Suspected to be Involved in SolarWinds Hack
Feb16

Microsoft: Over 1,000 Hackers Suspected to be Involved in SolarWinds Hack

Microsoft President Brad Smith recently claimed the SolarWinds supply chain attack was “the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen” and may have involved more than 1,000 Russian operatives. The attack saw the code of the SolarWinds Orion solution updated so that when it was automatically updated a backdoor was inserted into all users’ networks that gave the attackers remote access. Many thousands of IT...

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Egregor Ransomware Operation Disrupted and Several Arrest Made
Feb15

Egregor Ransomware Operation Disrupted and Several Arrest Made

Several suspected members of the Egregor ransomware operation have been arrested in Ukraine, according to the news outlet France Inter. The arrests were made as part of a joint operation between law enforcement in France and Ukraine to disrupt the operation. The suspects arrested in the operation are understood to be affiliates who signed up to hack corporate networks and deploy Egregor ransomware for a cut of the ransom payments that...

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Microsoft Fixes 56 Flaws on February 2021 Patch Tuesday Including 1 Zero Day
Feb10

Microsoft Fixes 56 Flaws on February 2021 Patch Tuesday Including 1 Zero Day

Compared to previous months, February 2021 Patch Tuesday saw relatively few patches released by Microsoft to correct flaws across its range of products, although several of the vulnerabilities have already been publicly disclosed and one patch has been released to fix an actively exploited zero-day flaw that affects Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019. In total, 56 vulnerabilities have been fixed this month, 11 of which are critical....

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Adobe Patches 50 Vulnerabilities Including 1 Actively Exploited Adobe Reader Bug
Feb10

Adobe Patches 50 Vulnerabilities Including 1 Actively Exploited Adobe Reader Bug

On February 2021 Patch Tuesday Adobe released patches to correct 50 vulnerabilities across its range of products, including 34 critical severity flaws, one of which is being actively exploited in the wild in limited attacks on Windows users. The actively exploited vulnerability is a heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability in Adobe Reader, tracked as CVE-2021-21017. If the buffer overflow is triggered, an attacker could remotely...

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RDP Attacks Increased by 768% in 2020 and Remain a Key Attack Vector
Feb09

RDP Attacks Increased by 768% in 2020 and Remain a Key Attack Vector

The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to move to a largely remote workforce and cybercriminals took advantage by targeting vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Between Q1 and Q4, 2020, RDP attacks increased by 768%, according to the ESET Q4 2020 Threat Report. RDP attacks slowed in Q4, 2020 as cybercriminals started to favor other methods of attack. The decrease suggests businesses have managed to improve the security...

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Hackers Steal Source Code of Stormshield Firewall Products
Feb08

Hackers Steal Source Code of Stormshield Firewall Products

Stormshield, one of the leading French cybersecurity firms, has announced it has suffered a cyberattack in which the attackers gained access to its support ticket system and stole some of the source code two of its firewall products. Stormshield provides cybersecurity solutions such as unified threat management (UTM) firewall devices, secure file management solutions, and endpoint protection solutions to French enterprises, European...

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Ransomware Attacks Most Commonly Start with Phishing and 70% Involve Data Exfiltration
Feb04

Ransomware Attacks Most Commonly Start with Phishing and 70% Involve Data Exfiltration

The Q4, 2020 Quarterly Ransomware Report from Coveware shows there has been a marked decline in the number of companies paying ransoms to recover data stolen in ransomware attacks and prevent the public release of stolen data. The fall is seen as a response to the erosion of trust. There have been several recent attacks where stolen data has been released publicly even when a ransom has been paid. If companies have a viable backup...

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Three Vulnerabilities Identified in SolarWinds Products
Feb03

Three Vulnerabilities Identified in SolarWinds Products

Patches have been released to fix three vulnerabilities SolarWinds products. Two of the flaws affect the SolarWinds Orion platform, and the third affects the Serv-U FTP server for Windows. One of the SolarWinds Orion flaws allows remote code execution with admin privileges and could be exploited by a remote attacker to take full control of the Orion platform. The other vulnerability in the platform could only be exploited by a local...

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Phishers Target US Businesses in Scam Offering Fake PPP Loans
Feb02

Phishers Target US Businesses in Scam Offering Fake PPP Loans

A phishing campaign has been detected which is targeting U.S. businesses that are struggling to stay in operation during the pandemic. The emails attempt to get business owners to apply for a fake PPP loan and disclose sensitive data. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is part of the U.S. CARES Act, which was launched by the Trump Administration on April 3, 2020 to provide financial assistance to businesses that have been adversely...

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TrickBot Returns with a New Malspam Campaign
Feb01

TrickBot Returns with a New Malspam Campaign

A botnet that was severely disrupted in late 2020 by a coalition led by Microsoft is now back with a new malspam campaign. The infrastructure used by the operators of the TrickBot botnet was taken down in the run up to the November 2020 U.S. Presidential election, but it didn’t take long for the infrastructure to be rebuilt. The takedown was successful and caused major disruption to the operation, but since no arrests were made, the...

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Europol Announces Takedown of the Emotet Botnet
Jan27

Europol Announces Takedown of the Emotet Botnet

Europol has announced that following a global operation by law enforcement and judicial authorities, the Emotet botnet has been disrupted and law enforcement agencies have seized control of its infrastructure. The takedown was planned for two years and involved Europol, Eurojust, the FBI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the UK’s National Crime Agency, and law enforcement agencies in Ukraine, Netherlands, Germany, Lithuania, and...

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Interpol Warns of Rise in Investment Scams Targeting Dating App Users
Jan21

Interpol Warns of Rise in Investment Scams Targeting Dating App Users

With opportunities for meeting potential partners now limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many people isolated due to lockdown measures, use of dating apps has soared. Dating apps have long provided scammers with opportunities for fraud and romance scams are rife. However, there have been increasing numbers of dating app users targeted with a new investment scam in recent weeks, prompting Interpol to issue a Purple Notice about...

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FreakOut Malware Campaign Targets Linux Devices
Jan20

FreakOut Malware Campaign Targets Linux Devices

A new malware variant is being used in attacks on Linux devices that sees the devices added to a botnet and used for cryptocurrency mining and distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. The new malware, dubbed FreakOut, places an infected device under the control of the botnet operator and used for remote attacks on other vulnerable devices. The malware variant was identified by researchers at Check Point who believe it is...

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Microsoft Warns Windows Zerologon Patch Enforcement Starts on February 9, 2021
Jan19

Microsoft Warns Windows Zerologon Patch Enforcement Starts on February 9, 2021

The critical Windows Zerologon vulnerability (CVE-2020-1472) was patched by Microsoft on August Patch Tuesday; however, despite the seriousness of the vulnerability – rated 10/10 for severity – there are still some organizations that have yet to apply the patch. Microsoft has now announced that from February 9, 2021 it will be enabling domain controller enforcement mode by default, which will help to ensure that the threat of...

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Hackers Altered Stolen Pfizer Vaccine Documentation Prior to Publication
Jan18

Hackers Altered Stolen Pfizer Vaccine Documentation Prior to Publication

In November 2020, hackers gained access to a server used by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the drug and vaccine regulator in the European Union, and stole data on the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine candidate.  Last week, the EMA announced that the hackers had publicly released the documentation on hacking forums, but a new alert warns that the documentation was manipulated prior to release. The stolen data included information...

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Healthcare Sector Cyberattacks Have Increased by 45% in the Past 2 Months
Jan14

Healthcare Sector Cyberattacks Have Increased by 45% in the Past 2 Months

A recent joint CISA, FBI, and HHS cybersecurity alert warned that the healthcare sector was being targeted by threat actors who were deploying ransomware. Attacks are being conducted by several threat actors using a range of different ransomware variants, including Ryuk and Conti. A new report recently published by Check Point shows that since the alert was issued, cyberattacks on the healthcare sector have continued to increase. From...

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Microsoft Releases Patch for Actively Exploited Windows Defender Zero Day and 9 Other Critical Flaws
Jan13

Microsoft Releases Patch for Actively Exploited Windows Defender Zero Day and 9 Other Critical Flaws

The first Patch Tuesday of 2021 has seen Microsoft release patches to fix 83 vulnerabilities across its range of products, including one zero-day vulnerability in Windows Defender that is being actively exploited in the wild. This month’s round of patches includes fixes for 10 critical and 73 important vulnerabilities in Windows OS, Edge, Office, Visual Studio, .Net Core, .Net Repository, ASP .Net, Azure, Malware Protection Engine and...

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Kaspersky Researchers Link Sunburst Backdoor to Kazuar Backdoor Used by Russian Turla APT Group
Jan11

Kaspersky Researchers Link Sunburst Backdoor to Kazuar Backdoor Used by Russian Turla APT Group

Researchers at Kaspersky have identified similarities between the backdoor used in the SolarWinds supply chain attack and another backdoor – Kazuar – which is believed to have been used by the Russian Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group Turla. Turla has been linked to several attacks on foreign governments over the past 14 years. The APT group behind the SolarWinds attack compromised the company’s Orion monitoring solution and used...

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FBI Issues Warning About Ongoing Egregor Ransomware Activity
Jan08

FBI Issues Warning About Ongoing Egregor Ransomware Activity

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a warning to private sector companies about ongoing Egregor ransomware attacks. Since September 2020, when the ransomware variant was first identified, it has been used in attacks on at least 150 companies worldwide. Egregor is a ransomware-as-a-service offering with many affiliates used to distribute the ransomware. Many of the affiliates moved to Egregor distribution when the Maze...

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NVIDIA Software Update Corrects Multiple High Severity Graphics Driver Flaws
Jan08

NVIDIA Software Update Corrects Multiple High Severity Graphics Driver Flaws

NVIDIA has released patches to correct 16 vulnerabilities in its graphics drivers and vGPU software for Windows and Linux systems, most of which are high severity flaws that can be exploited to escalate privileges, tamper with data, obtain sensitive data, or conduct denial of service attacks. NVIDIA’s GPUs are popular with gamers due to being optimized for high-performance gaming. The vulnerabilities are in the drivers and software...

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Hardcoded Password Vulnerability in Zyxel Devices Being Actively Exploited
Jan07

Hardcoded Password Vulnerability in Zyxel Devices Being Actively Exploited

Cybercriminals have started exploiting the hardcoded credential vulnerability (CVE-2020-29583) in Zyxel networking products that was announced by Zyxel on December 23, 2020. The vulnerability, identified by Niels Teusink of the Dutch cybersecurity firm EYE, affects around 100,000 Zyxel devices, including its firewalls, AP controllers and VPN gateways. The flaw was assigned a CVSS V3 score of 7.8 out of 10 (High severity). Teusink...

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Ransomware Attacks on Healthcare Organizations Continue to Rise with Ryuk the Biggest Threat
Jan06

Ransomware Attacks on Healthcare Organizations Continue to Rise with Ryuk the Biggest Threat

Cyberattacks on healthcare organizations have continued to increase over the past two months, according to research conducted by cybersecurity firm Check Point, and ransomware is now the biggest malware threat. In October, a joint security advisory was issued by the DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) warning the...

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Hidden Backdoor Identified in Zyxel Firewalls and AP Controllers
Jan04

Hidden Backdoor Identified in Zyxel Firewalls and AP Controllers

A security researcher has identified a hidden backdoor in Zyxel firewalls and AP controllers, caused by the use of hardcoded administrative credentials for an account that was intended to be used to automatically update the firmware on the devices. More than 100,000 Zyxel devices are affected worldwide. The hard coded credentials mean hackers could perform malicious firmware updates, and could change the firewall settings to...

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FinCEN Advises Financial Institutions to be Alert to COVID-19 Vaccine-Related Scams and Cyberattacks
Dec30

FinCEN Advises Financial Institutions to be Alert to COVID-19 Vaccine-Related Scams and Cyberattacks

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued a warning to financial institutions that ransomware gangs are actively targeting organizations involved in vaccine research. Financial institutions have been advised to be on high alert due to the considerable potential for fraud and criminal activity related to COVID-19 vaccines and their distribution. Nation state threat groups and cybercriminal organizations are taking...

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CISA and CrowdStrike Release Free Azure/O365 Analysis Tools to Identify Malicious Activity
Dec29

CISA and CrowdStrike Release Free Azure/O365 Analysis Tools to Identify Malicious Activity

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a PowerShell-based tool for detecting unusual and potentially malicious activity in Azure/Office 365 environments. The tool can be downloaded free of charge and used by incident response teams to identify the identity- and authentication-based attacks that have been observed in multiple sectors in the wake of the SolarWinds...

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Lazarus Group Targeting COVID-19 Research and Vaccine Data
Dec28

Lazarus Group Targeting COVID-19 Research and Vaccine Data

Kaspersky has confirmed the Lazarus Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group has conducted two cyberattacks on entities involved in COVID-19 vaccine research. The cyberattacks occurred in the fall of 2020, with the APT group using different tactics techniques and procedures (TTPs) in each of the attacks. One attack was performed on October 27, 2020 on a government health ministry using a sophisticated malware known to Kaspersky as...

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More Than 3 Million Chrome and Edge Users Have Malware-Infected Browser Extensions
Dec21

More Than 3 Million Chrome and Edge Users Have Malware-Infected Browser Extensions

Approximately 3 million users of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge have been infected with malware that has been hidden in browser extensions, according to a new report from antivirus company Avast. At least 28 JavaScript-based Chrome and Edge extensions for Instagram, Facebook, Vimeo and others have had malicious code added, which is used to steal personal data and redirect users to adverts and phishing websites. The malicious code...

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Microsoft and the U.S. Nuclear Agency Confirmed as Victims of SolarWinds Hack
Dec18

Microsoft and the U.S. Nuclear Agency Confirmed as Victims of SolarWinds Hack

The number of confirmed victims of the SolarWinds hack is growing. Microsoft has confirmed it was hacked, although its software was not apparently compromised. Reuters had reported that after compromising Microsoft, the hackers had modified its software to distribute malicious files to its clients. Microsoft issued a statement claiming the Reuters article was incorrect and while SolarWinds binaries were found in its environment, they...

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Contact Form 7 Vulnerability Places 5 Million WordPress Sites at Risk of Takeover
Dec18

Contact Form 7 Vulnerability Places 5 Million WordPress Sites at Risk of Takeover

A critical vulnerability has been identified in the popular WordPress plugin, Contact Form 7, which has been installed on approximately 5 million websites. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2020-35489, is easy to exploit and can be exploited remotely without the attacker having to authenticate on a vulnerable website. The vulnerability is classed as an unrestricted file upload bug, according to Astra Security Research, which...

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Researchers Find More than 45 Million Medical Images Stored on Unprotected Servers
Dec17

Researchers Find More than 45 Million Medical Images Stored on Unprotected Servers

More than 45 million medical images are currently exposed on unprotected servers and can be accessed freely over the internet without usernames or passwords. The medical images include metadata that includes personal and protected health information, which could be used for a variety of nefarious purposes. The unprotected images, which include MRIs, CT scans, and X-Rays were found by researchers at the CyberAngel Analyst Team, who...

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SolarWinds Supply Chain Attack Impacts up to 18,000 Customers
Dec15

SolarWinds Supply Chain Attack Impacts up to 18,000 Customers

Hackers successfully compromised the SolarWinds Orion software solution and incorporated a backdoor dubbed SUNBURST that has been downloaded by up to 18,000 of its customers, including many large enterprises and government agencies. SolarWinds Orion is a software solution used by large enterprises and government agencies to manage their IT networks and IT infrastructure. The software is used by all five branches of the U.S. military,...

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K-12 Schools Warned About Cyber Actors Targeting Distance Learning Education
Dec11

K-12 Schools Warned About Cyber Actors Targeting Distance Learning Education

The U.S. Cybersecurity and infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) have issued a joint advisory to K-12 schools warning that cyber actors are conducting targeted attacks on distance learning education. Cyber actors are attempting to disrupt distance learning services, gain access to sensitive data, and conduct ransomware...

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Spear Phishing Campaign Spoofing Microsoft.Com Sees Emails Delivered to Office 365 Inboxes
Dec10

Spear Phishing Campaign Spoofing Microsoft.Com Sees Emails Delivered to Office 365 Inboxes

Researchers at Israeli cybersecurity firm Ironscales have identified a spear phishing campaign targeting Office 365 users that spoofs the Microsoft.com domain. Several thousand Office 365 mailboxes are known to have been targeted, with around 100 customers of Ironscales having been sent the phishing emails. Those customers span several industry sectors including healthcare, insurance, telecom, manufacturing, and financial services....

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FireEye Discloses Data Breach and Confirms Theft of Red Team Tools
Dec09

FireEye Discloses Data Breach and Confirms Theft of Red Team Tools

The U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye has announced a sophisticated threat actor has successfully hacked into its systems and stole Red Team assessment tools that the company uses to test the security of its customers’ systems. The stolen tools mimic those used by many cyber threat actors to gain access to organizations’ systems. Cyberattacks on cybersecurity companies are relatively rare, but they do occur, with Trend Micro, Avast, and...

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Kubernetes Bug Allows Traffic from Other Pods in Multi-Tenant Clusters to be Intercepted
Dec08

Kubernetes Bug Allows Traffic from Other Pods in Multi-Tenant Clusters to be Intercepted

A Kubernetes vulnerability has been identified that could allow an attacker to intercept traffic from other pods in multi-tenant Kubernetes clusters. The vulnerability, discovered by Etienne Champetier of Anevia, can be exploited remotely in a man-in-the-middle attack by an individual with basic tenant permissions, without any user involvement required. If an attacker has permissions to create and update services and pods, they could...

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Foreign APT Groups Targeting Think Tanks, Warns CISA/FBI
Dec03

Foreign APT Groups Targeting Think Tanks, Warns CISA/FBI

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have issued a warning about ongoing cyberattacks on think tanks by foreign Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups. The purpose of the attacks is to gain persistent access to victim networks for espionage purposes. This is achieved through phishing attacks to gain access to user credentials and by exploiting vulnerabilities in...

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BEC Scammers Using Auto-Forwarding Rules in Web-Based Email Clients to Prevent Detection
Dec02

BEC Scammers Using Auto-Forwarding Rules in Web-Based Email Clients to Prevent Detection

Cybercriminals have been using auto-forwarding rules in web-based email clients to increase the chances of success of their business email compromise (BEC) scams, according to a recently issued TLP: WHITE Joint Private Industry Notification from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Business email compromise scams involve gaining access to a corporate email account and using that account to send emails to other individuals in the...

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Cyberbiological Attack Could Fool Scientists into Creating and Using Dangerous DNA
Dec01

Cyberbiological Attack Could Fool Scientists into Creating and Using Dangerous DNA

A new, theoretical cyberattack has been described by a team of researchers at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) in Israel that could be used in a devastating biological attack. Every year, commercial DNA synthesizers create billions of nucleotides, which are sold to customers and generate billions of dollars in sales. There is growing concern that a cyberattack could be conducted to interfere with the synthetic DNA orders. Just as in a...

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Cyberattacks Increased During the Pandemic as Enterprises Struggled with Security with a Remote Workforce
Nov30

Cyberattacks Increased During the Pandemic as Enterprises Struggled with Security with a Remote Workforce

A recent study conducted by the California based endpoint security and systems management company Tanium suggests enterprises have struggled with security during the pandemic and have experienced an increase in cyberattacks. Tanium commissioned a Censuswide survey of 1,000 CXOs and vice presents at enterprise and government organizations in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany in June 2020 to explore how they coped...

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Egregor Ransomware Vying to Become the Top Ransomware Threat
Nov27

Egregor Ransomware Vying to Become the Top Ransomware Threat

The Maze ransomware gang may have shut down its operation, but there is now a new ransomware variant that is vying to take its place as one of the biggest ransomware threats. Egregor ransomware first appeared in September 2020, claiming 15 victims in the month, followed by attacks on the US bookseller, Barnes & Noble, and the French and German video game developers, Ubisoft and Crytek. Since then, the number of attacks using...

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Patch MobileIron Vulnerability Immediately, Warns NCSC
Nov25

Patch MobileIron Vulnerability Immediately, Warns NCSC

The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued an alert that confirms Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups and cybercriminals are currently exploiting the MobileIron remote code execution vulnerability, CVE-2020-1550 to compromise the networks of UK companies. Attacks have been conducted on local government, healthcare organizations, and companies in the logistics and legal sectors, and there have been several cases where...

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Warning Issued After Discovery of Scores of Spoofed FBI Websites
Nov24

Warning Issued After Discovery of Scores of Spoofed FBI Websites

Scores of domains have been identified which spoof official Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) websites, prompting the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center to issue a warning. While the intentions of the individuals who registered the domains is not known, it is strongly suspected that the domains were intended for use in future phishing or malware distribution campaigns. The domains could be used to register email accounts that...

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FBI Issues Warning Following Increase in Ragnar Locker Ransomware Activity
Nov23

FBI Issues Warning Following Increase in Ragnar Locker Ransomware Activity

A recent increase in Ragnar Locker ransomware activity has prompted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to issue a warning to private industry partners. The alert provides information to help system administrators and security professionals protect against attacks. Ragnar Locker is a relatively new ransomware strain, first identified in April 2020. The ransomware variant was used in an attack by unknown threat actors on a large,...

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Facebook Fixes Messenger Bug That Allows Audio to be Transmitted Without a User’s Permission
Nov20

Facebook Fixes Messenger Bug That Allows Audio to be Transmitted Without a User’s Permission

A critical flaw in the Facebook Messenger messaging app for Android which allowed callers to listen to users’ surroundings without permission has been fixed by Facebook. The bug allowed callers to eavesdrop on the person they were calling before the call was answered. In order to exploit the flaw, a caller would need to send a type of message known as SdpUpdate to the person they were calling, which would allow them to connect to the...

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Malsmoke Campaign Delivers ZLoader Malware via Popups on High Traffic Adult Websites
Nov17

Malsmoke Campaign Delivers ZLoader Malware via Popups on High Traffic Adult Websites

A malware distribution campaign identified by security researchers at Malwarebytes is now distributing a ZLoader malware variant via popups on popular adult websites. The campaign – named Malsmoke by Malwarebytes – has been active since at least August 2020. Initially, the threat actors were using exploit kits to deliver the Smoke Loader malware dropper; however, in October they changed tactics and switched to fake Java update...

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Use of SSL Certificates in Malware and Phishing Attacks Up 260% in 2020
Nov11

Use of SSL Certificates in Malware and Phishing Attacks Up 260% in 2020

Abuse of SSL certificates in phishing and malware attacks has increased by 260% in the first 9 months of 2020, according to a new report from Zscaler. Zscaler analyzed more than 6.6 billion threats for the report and found a major rise in the use of encryption to hide attacks. Encryption was being used across the full attack cycle, according to the researchers, including the initial delivery of malware or malicious links to the...

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Microsoft Fixes 112 Vulnerabilities Including 17 Critical Flaws
Nov10

Microsoft Fixes 112 Vulnerabilities Including 17 Critical Flaws

November 2020 Patch Tuesday has seen Microsoft correct 112 vulnerabilities across its range of products, including 17 critical flaws. 93 of the vulnerabilities are rated important and two are rated low severity. This month’s updates see a change to the way Microsoft reports the vulnerabilities, with the descriptions of each no longer included. Instead, Microsoft is relying on the CVSS scores to provide information on the severity of...

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RansomEXX Ransomware Now Targets Windows and Linux Servers
Nov09

RansomEXX Ransomware Now Targets Windows and Linux Servers

Kaspersky has announced it has discovered a Linux version of RansomEXX ransomware – aka Defray777. This is one of the first times that a Windows ransomware strain has been adapted to attack Linux systems, with the new variant able to be used in targeted attacks on organizations that have both Windows and Linus systems to cause greater disruption. RansomEXX is a relatively new human-operated ransomware variant which was first detected...

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Three Actively Exploited Zero Days in the iOS Operating System Patched by Apple
Nov06

Three Actively Exploited Zero Days in the iOS Operating System Patched by Apple

Patches have been released to correct three zero-day vulnerabilities in the iOS operating systems that are currently being exploited in the wild. The vulnerabilities affect the following Apple devices: iPhones – 6s and later iPads Air 2 and later iPad mini 4 and later iPod 7th generation All three vulnerabilities have been corrected in iOS 14.2, along with several other vulnerabilities A memory corruption issue exists which can be...

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October Threat Report Shows 1,200% Increase in Emotet Attacks in Q3, 2020
Nov05

October Threat Report Shows 1,200% Increase in Emotet Attacks in Q3, 2020

New data from HP Inc. shows cyberattacks involving the Emotet Trojan increased by more than 1,200% between Q2, 2020 and Q3, 2020. The data for the company’s October 2020 Threat Insights Report come from HP Sure Click Enterprise, a security solution used on enterprise desktops and laptops that captures malware and allows it to run in a secure container. Data were collected from 1 July to 30 September 2020, with the report proving...

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Adobe Update Corrects 14 Vulnerabilities in Acrobat and Reader Including 4 Critical Flaws
Nov04

Adobe Update Corrects 14 Vulnerabilities in Acrobat and Reader Including 4 Critical Flaws

Adobe has released an out-of-band update to correct several vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader, just a week before November Patch Tuesday when updates are usually scheduled for release. 14 vulnerabilities have been corrected in the update, including 4 critical vulnerabilities in Acrobat and Reader for both Windows and macOS operating systems. The critical vulnerabilities can be exploited remotely and allow the execution...

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Zero-Day Windows Flaw Allowing Sandbox Escape Being Actively Exploited in the Wild
Nov04

Zero-Day Windows Flaw Allowing Sandbox Escape Being Actively Exploited in the Wild

Google Project Zero has disclosed a high severity Windows vulnerability that has yet to be patched by Microsoft after the flaw was observed being exploited in the wild by hackers. The Windows driver bug, which allows local privilege escalation and sandbox escape, was announced just 7 days after it was reported. While the Google Project Zero team usually waits until a patch has been made available before disclosing a vulnerability, the...

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WordPress 5.5.2 Released: 10 Vulnerabilities Corrected Including 1 High-Severity Flaw
Nov02

WordPress 5.5.2 Released: 10 Vulnerabilities Corrected Including 1 High-Severity Flaw

Version 5.5.2 of the WordPress content management platform has been released. The latest WordPress version fixes 10 security vulnerabilities, including one high-severity flaw that could be exploited to take over a targeted website. A remote attacker could conduct a narrow denial of service attack, which could then turn into a remote code execution issue. The vulnerability is due to how WordPress manages internal resources within the...

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Ryuk Ransomware Gang Steps Up Attacks on U.S. Hospitals
Oct30

Ryuk Ransomware Gang Steps Up Attacks on U.S. Hospitals

The U.S Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have issued a warning to healthcare providers and public health agencies of an imminent threat of attacks using Ryuk ransomware. An advisory was issued on October 28, 2020 after credible evidence was uncovered indicating the operators of Ryuk...

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Maze Ransomware Gang Shuts Down Operations
Oct29

Maze Ransomware Gang Shuts Down Operations

The Maze ransomware gang, which operated one to the most prolific ransomware campaigns over the past 18 months year, has shut down. The Maze ransomware operators were the first to utilize a double-extortion tactic involving the theft of data prior to the encryption of files to increase the likelihood of the ransom being paid. While all ransomware operations involve the encryption of files and the payment of a ransom in order to obtain...

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Top 25 Vulnerabilities Exploited by Chinese State Sponsored Hackers
Oct22

Top 25 Vulnerabilities Exploited by Chinese State Sponsored Hackers

Chinese state-backed hackers are targeting U.S. organizations for espionage purposes, with access to computer systems usually gained by exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities. Hackers are scanning for unpatched systems and use publicly released or homegrown exploits to gain a foothold in networks with a view to stealing intellectual property and sensitive data. On Tuesday, the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) published a list of 25...

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DOJ Charges 6 GRU Hackers for NotPetya Wiper Attacks
Oct21

DOJ Charges 6 GRU Hackers for NotPetya Wiper Attacks

The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted six Russian intelligence operatives for the 2017 NotPetya malware attacks and other major hacking operations. All six individuals are believed to be members of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, GRU, and specifically GRU Unit 74455, otherwise known as Sandworm. The hackers are believed to be responsible for the June 27, 2017 destructive NotPetya attacks, which have been estimated...

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Ryuk Ransomware Gang Uses Zerologon Exploit to Achieve Domain-Wide Encryption in Just 5 Hours
Oct20

Ryuk Ransomware Gang Uses Zerologon Exploit to Achieve Domain-Wide Encryption in Just 5 Hours

The threat actors behind Ryuk ransomware have started using an exploit for the Zerologon privilege escalation flaw, CVE-2020-1472, which has allowed them to perform ransomware attacks at breakneck speed. The Zerologon vulnerability allows them to compromise a domain controller and all Active Directory identity services. In one successful attack, it took the attackers just two hours from an initial phish to exploit the vulnerability,...

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Microsoft Issues Out-of-Band Updates to Correct Two RCE Flaws
Oct19

Microsoft Issues Out-of-Band Updates to Correct Two RCE Flaws

On Friday, Microsoft issued out-of-band patches to correct two flaws which could potentially lead to remote code execution. The flaws have been rated ‘important’ by Microsoft, although they could potentially be exploited by an attacker to gain full control of a vulnerable system. One of the flaws – tracked as CVE-2020-17023 – affects Microsoft’s Visual Studio Core, a source code editor for Windows, Linux, and macOS. If exploited, an...

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