Cyber Security

LockBitSupp, the individual(s) behind the persona representing the LockBit ransomware service on cybercrime forums such as Exploit and XSS, “has engaged with law enforcement,” authorities said. The development comes following the takedown of the prolific ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) operation as part of a coordinated international operation codenamed Cronos. Over 14,000 rogue accounts on third-party services like
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In the past 2 years, we have observed a significant surge in hacktivism activity due to ongoing wars and geopolitical conflicts in various regions. Since the war against Ukraine began, we have witnessed a notable mobilization of non-state and state-backed actors alike, forming new groups or joining existing hacker collectives. We understand hacktivism as a
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Feb 23, 2024NewsroomPrivacy / Regulatory Compliance The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has hit antivirus vendor Avast with a $16.5 million fine over charges that the firm sold users’ browsing data to advertisers after claiming its products would block online tracking. In addition, the company has been banned from selling or licensing any web browsing
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Feb 24, 2024NewsroomActive Directory / Data Protection Microsoft has expanded free logging capabilities to all U.S. federal agencies using Microsoft Purview Audit irrespective of the license tier, more than six months after a China-linked cyber espionage campaign targeting two dozen organizations came to light. “Microsoft will automatically enable the logs in customer accounts and increase
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Created by John Tuckner and the team at workflow and automation platform Tines, the SOC Automation Capability Matrix (SOC ACM) is a set of techniques designed to help security operations teams understand their automation capabilities and respond more effectively to incidents. A customizable, vendor-agnostic tool featuring lists of automation opportunities, it’s been shared and recommended
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Feb 23, 2024NewsroomSupply Chain Attack / Malware A dormant package available on the Python Package Index (PyPI) repository was updated nearly after two years to propagate an information stealer malware called Nova Sentinel. The package, named django-log-tracker, was first published to PyPI in April 2022, according to software supply chain security firm Phylum, which detected
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Feb 23, 2024NewsroomRed Teaming / Artificial Intelligence Microsoft has released an open access automation framework called PyRIT (short for Python Risk Identification Tool) to proactively identify risks in generative artificial intelligence (AI) systems. The red teaming tool is designed to “enable every organization across the globe to innovate responsibly with the latest artificial intelligence advances,”
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Feb 23, 2024NewsroomData Privacy / iOS Security Details have emerged about a now-patched high-severity security flaw in Apple’s Shortcuts app that could permit a shortcut to access sensitive information on the device without users’ consent. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2024-23204 (CVSS score: 7.5), was addressed by Apple on January 22, 2024, with the release of
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Feb 22, 2024NewsroomQuantum Computing / Encryption Apple has announced a new post-quantum cryptographic protocol called PQ3 that it said will be integrated into iMessage to secure the messaging platform against future attacks arising from the threat of a practical quantum computer. “With compromise-resilient encryption and extensive defenses against even highly sophisticated quantum attacks, PQ3 is
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Feb 22, 2024NewsroomNetwork Security / Penetration Testing A recently open-sourced network mapping tool called SSH-Snake has been repurposed by threat actors to conduct malicious activities. “SSH-Snake is a self-modifying worm that leverages SSH credentials discovered on a compromised system to start spreading itself throughout the network,” Sysdig researcher Miguel Hernández said. “The worm automatically searches
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Feb 21, 2024NewsroomNetwork Security / Vulnerability Cybersecurity researchers have identified two authentication bypass flaws in open-source Wi-Fi software found in Android, Linux, and ChromeOS devices that could trick users into joining a malicious clone of a legitimate network or allow an attacker to join a trusted network without a password. The vulnerabilities, tracked as CVE-2023-52160
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Feb 21, 2024NewsroomPhishing Attack / Information Warfare Cybersecurity researchers have unearthed a new influence operation targeting Ukraine that leverages spam emails to propagate war-related disinformation. The activity has been linked to Russia-aligned threat actors by Slovak cybersecurity company ESET, which also identified a spear-phishing campaign aimed at a Ukrainian defense company in October 2023 and
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Feb 20, 2024NewsroomServer Security / Cryptojacking A novel malware campaign has been observed targeting Redis servers for initial access with the ultimate goal of mining cryptocurrency on compromised Linux hosts. “This particular campaign involves the use of a number of novel system weakening techniques against the data store itself,” Cado security researcher Matt Muir said
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Feb 20, 2024NewsroomHacking / Cyber Espionage North Korean state-sponsored threat actors have been attributed to a cyber espionage campaign targeting the defense sector across the world. In a joint advisory published by Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) and South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), the agencies said the goal of
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Feb 20, 2024NewsroomDark Web / Cybercrime An international law enforcement operation has led to the seizure of multiple darknet domains operated by LockBit, one of the most prolific ransomware groups, marking the latest in a long list of digital takedowns. While the full extent of the effort, codenamed Operation Cronos, is presently unknown, visiting the
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With breaches making the headlines on an almost weekly basis, the cybersecurity challenges we face are becoming visible not only to large enterprises, who have built security capabilities over the years, but also to small to medium businesses and the broader public. While this is creating greater awareness among smaller businesses of the need to
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Feb 16, 2024NewsroomEndpoint Security / Cryptocurrency Multiple companies operating in the cryptocurrency sector are the target of an ongoing malware campaign that involves a newly discovered Apple macOS backdoor codenamed RustDoor. RustDoor was first documented by Bitdefender last week, describing it as a Rust-based malware capable of harvesting and uploading files, as well as gathering
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Feb 16, 2024NewsroomRansomware / Vulnerability The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Thursday added a now-patched security flaw impacting Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) and Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) software to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities (KEV) catalog, following reports that it’s being likely exploited in Akira ransomware attacks. The vulnerability in question is
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Feb 17, 2024NewsroomArtificial Intelligence / Data Protection Google has announced that it’s open-sourcing Magika, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered tool to identify file types, to help defenders accurately detect binary and textual file types. “Magika outperforms conventional file identification methods providing an overall 30% accuracy boost and up to 95% higher precision on traditionally hard to
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Efficient communication is a cornerstone of business success. Internally, making sure your team communicates seamlessly helps you avoid friction losses, misunderstandings, delays, and overlaps. Externally, frustration-free customer communication is directly correlated to a positive customer experience and higher satisfaction. However, business communication channels are also a major target for cybercriminals. In recent years, especially since
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Feb 19, 2024NewsroomMalware / Cyber Espionage The Iranian-origin threat actor known as Charming Kitten has been linked to a new set of attacks aimed at Middle East policy experts with a new backdoor called BASICSTAR by creating a fake webinar portal. Charming Kitten, also called APT35, CharmingCypress, Mint Sandstorm, TA453, and Yellow Garuda, has a
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Feb 19, 2024NewsroomCyber Espionage / Vulnerability Threat actors operating with interests aligned to Belarus and Russia have been linked to a new cyber espionage campaign that likely exploited cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in Roundcube webmail servers to target over 80 organizations. These entities are primarily located in Georgia, Poland, and Ukraine, according to Recorded Future,
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Feb 19, 2024NewsroomMalware / Mobile Security The Android banking trojan known as Anatsa has expanded its focus to include Slovakia, Slovenia, and Czechia as part of a new campaign observed in November 2023. “Some of the droppers in the campaign successfully exploited the accessibility service, despite Google Play’s enhanced detection and protection mechanisms,” ThreatFabric said
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Feb 09, 2024NewsroomMobile Security / Cyber Threat Threat hunters have identified a new variant of Android malware called MoqHao that automatically executes on infected devices without requiring any user interaction. “Typical MoqHao requires users to install and launch the app to get their desired purpose, but this new variant requires no execution,” McAfee Labs said
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