Cyber Security

Jun 24, 2024NewsroomCyber Espionage / Hacking A likely China-linked state-sponsored threat actor has been linked to a cyber espionage campaign targeting government, academic, technology, and diplomatic organizations in Taiwan between November 2023 and April 2024. Recorded Future’s Insikt Group is tracking the activity under the name RedJuliett, describing it as a cluster that operates Fuzhou,
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Jun 21, 2024NewsroomVulnerability / Data Protection A recently patched high-severity flaw impacting SolarWinds Serv-U file transfer software is being actively exploited by malicious actors in the wild. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2024-28995 (CVSS score: 8.6), concerns a directory transversal bug that could allow attackers to read sensitive files on the host machine. Affecting all versions
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Jun 21, 2024NewsroomMalware / Malvertising A malvertising campaign is leveraging trojanized installers for popular software such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Teams to drop a backdoor called Oyster (aka Broomstick and CleanUpLoader). That’s according to findings from Rapid7, which identified lookalike websites hosting the malicious payloads that users are redirected to after searching for them
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Jun 22, 2024NewsroomPhishing Attack / Adware A new campaign is tricking users searching for the Meta Quest (formerly Oculus) application for Windows into downloading a new adware family called AdsExhaust. “The adware is capable of exfiltrating screenshots from infected devices and interacting with browsers using simulated keystrokes,” cybersecurity firm eSentire said in an analysis, adding
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Jun 22, 2024NewsroomCyber Espionage / Threat Intelligence Russian organizations have been targeted by a cybercrime gang called ExCobalt using a previously unknown Golang-based backdoor known as GoRed. “ExCobalt focuses on cyber espionage and includes several members active since at least 2016 and presumably once part of the notorious Cobalt Gang,” Positive Technologies researchers Vladislav Lunin
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Jun 22, 2024NewsroomNational Security / Cyber Espionage The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions against a dozen individuals serving executive and senior leadership roles at Kaspersky Lab, a day after the Russian company was banned by the Commerce Department. The move “underscores our commitment to ensure the integrity
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Jun 21, 2024NewsroomPhishing Attack / Email Security Cybersecurity researchers have shed light on a new phishing campaign that has been identified as targeting people in Pakistan using a custom backdoor. Dubbed PHANTOM#SPIKE by Securonix, the unknown threat actors behind the activity have leveraged military-related phishing documents to activate the infection sequence. “While there are many
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Jun 21, 2024NewsroomMalware / Threat Intelligence A previously undocumented Chinese-speaking threat actor codenamed SneakyChef has been linked to an espionage campaign primarily targeting government entities across Asia and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) with SugarGh0st malware since at least August 2023. “SneakyChef uses lures that are scanned documents of government agencies, most of which
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Jun 21, 2024NewsroomSoftware Security / Threat Intelligence The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) on Thursday announced a “first of its kind” ban that prohibits Kaspersky Lab’s U.S. subsidiary from directly or indirectly offering its security software in the country. The blockade also extends to the cybersecurity company’s affiliates, subsidiaries and
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Jun 20, 2024NewsroomCyber Espionage / Hacking News State-sponsored actors with ties to Russia have been linked to targeted cyber attacks aimed at French diplomatic entities, the country’s information security agency ANSSI said in an advisory. The attacks have been attributed to a cluster tracked by Microsoft under the name Midnight Blizzard (formerly Nobelium), which overlaps
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Jun 20, 2024NewsroomFirmware Security / Vulnerability Cybersecurity researchers have disclosed details of a now-patched security flaw in Phoenix SecureCore UEFI firmware that affects multiple families of Intel Core desktop and mobile processors. Tracked as CVE-2024-0762 (CVSS score: 7.5), the “UEFIcanhazbufferoverflow” vulnerability has been described as a case of a buffer overflow stemming from the use
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Jun 20, 2024NewsroomMalware / Cyber Attack Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a new evasive malware loader named SquidLoader that spreads via phishing campaigns targeting Chinese organizations. AT&T LevelBlue Labs, which first observed the malware in late April 2024, said it incorporates features that are designed to thwart static and dynamic analysis and ultimately evade detection. Attack
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Jun 19, 2024NewsroomCybercrime / Crypto Security Crypto exchange Kraken revealed that an unnamed security researcher exploited an “extremely critical” zero-day flaw in its platform to steal $3 million in digital assets and refused to return them. Details of the incident were shared by Kraken’s Chief Security Officer, Nick Percoco, on X (formerly Twitter), stating it
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Jun 19, 2024NewsroomZero-Day Exploits / Cyber Espionage The China-nexus cyber espionage actor linked to the zero-day exploitation of security flaws in Fortinet, Ivanti, and VMware devices has been observed utilizing multiple persistence mechanisms in order to maintain unfettered access to compromised environments. “Persistence mechanisms encompassed network devices, hypervisors, and virtual machines, ensuring alternative channels remain
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Jun 18, 2024NewsroomPrivacy / Encryption A controversial proposal put forth by the European Union to scan users’ private messages for detection child sexual abuse material (CSAM) poses severe risks to end-to-end encryption (E2EE), warned Meredith Whittaker, president of the Signal Foundation, which maintains the privacy-focused messaging service of the same name. “Mandating mass scanning of
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Jun 18, 2024NewsroomMalware / Cybercrime Threat actors are luring unsuspecting users with free or pirated versions of commercial software to deliver a malware loader called Hijack Loader, which then deploys an information stealer known as Vidar Stealer. “Adversaries had managed to trick users into downloading password-protected archive files containing trojanized copies of a Cisco Webex
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Traditional application security practices are not effective in the modern DevOps world. When security scans are run only at the end of the software delivery lifecycle (either right before or after a service is deployed), the ensuing process of compiling and fixing vulnerabilities creates massive overhead for developers. The overhead that degrades velocity and puts
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Jun 17, 2024NewsroomRouter Security / Vulnerability ASUS has shipped software updates to address a critical security flaw impacting its routers that could be exploited by malicious actors to bypass authentication. Tracked as CVE-2024-3080, the vulnerability carries a CVSS score of 9.8 out of a maximum of 10.0. “Certain ASUS router models have authentication bypass vulnerability,
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Jun 17, 2024NewsroomCyber Espionage / Vulnerability A suspected China-nexus cyber espionage actor has been attributed as behind a prolonged attack against an unnamed organization located in East Asia for a period of about three years, with the adversary establishing persistence using legacy F5 BIG-IP appliances and using it as an internal command-and-control (C&C) for defense
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Jun 17, 2024NewsroomBotnet / Cryptocurrency Threat actors have been observed deploying a malware called NiceRAT to co-opt infected devices into a botnet. The attacks, which target South Korean users, are designed to propagate the malware under the guise of cracked software, such as Microsoft Windows, or tools that purport to offer license verification for Microsoft
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Jun 14, 2024NewsroomDevice Security / Authentication An analysis of a hybrid biometric access system from Chinese manufacturer ZKTeco has uncovered two dozen security flaws that could be used by attackers to defeat authentication, steal biometric data, and even deploy malicious backdoors. “By adding random user data to the database or using a fake QR code,
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Jun 15, 2024NewsroomArtificial Intelligence / Privacy Meta on Friday said it’s delaying its efforts to train the company’s large language models (LLMs) using public content shared by adult users on Facebook and Instagram in the European Union following a request from the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC). The company expressed disappointment at having to put
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Jun 15, 2024NewsroomCyber Espionage / Malware A suspected Pakistan-based threat actor has been linked to a cyber espionage campaign targeting Indian government entities in 2024. Cybersecurity company Volexity is tracking the activity under the moniker UTA0137, noting the adversary’s exclusive use of a malware called DISGOMOJI that’s written in Golang and is designed to infect
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Jun 14, 2024The Hacker NewsCybersecurity / Regulatory Compliance As cyber threats loom large and data breaches continue to pose increasingly significant risks. Organizations and industries that handle sensitive information and valuable assets make prime targets for cybercriminals seeking financial gain or strategic advantage. Which is why many highly regulated sectors, from finance to utilities, are
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Jun 14, 2024NewsroomPrivacy / Ad Tracking Google’s plans to deprecate third-party tracking cookies in its Chrome web browser with Privacy Sandbox has run into fresh trouble after Austrian privacy non-profit noyb (none of your business) said the feature can still be used to track users. “While the so-called ‘Privacy Sandbox’ is advertised as an improvement
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Jun 14, 2024The Hacker News Data is growing faster than ever. Remember when petabytes (that’s 1,000,000 gigabytes!) were only for tech giants? Well, that’s so last decade! Today, businesses of all sizes are swimming in petabytes. But this isn’t just about storage anymore. This data is ALIVE—it’s constantly accessed, analyzed, shared, and even used to
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Jun 14, 2024NewsroomArtificial Intelligence / Data Protection Microsoft on Thursday revealed that it’s delaying the rollout of the controversial artificial intelligence (AI)-powered Recall feature for Copilot+ PCs. To that end, the company said it intends to shift from general availability to a preview available first in the Windows Insider Program (WIP) in the coming weeks.
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