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North Korean hackers allegedly pick on Russian targets for a change

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The reputed North Korean APT actor known as Lazarus Group (aka Hidden Cobra) typically focuses its hacking efforts on South Korea, Japan and the U.S., but one of its suspected campaigns from last January surprisingly appears to have targeted Russian businesses with its signature Lazarus backdoor malware. Taking place from Jan. 26-31, the phishing campaign…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Security News

Redbanc cyberattack linked to Lazarus group

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The recently disclosed cyber attack on the Chilean interbank network Redbanc which took place in December 2018, may have been carried out by North Korea-linked advanced persistent threat (APT) group Lazarus. The attack involved PowerRatankba, a malware toolkit with ties to APT group represents the latest known example of Lazarus-affiliated tools being deployed within financially…
Cybercrime, Ransomware, Security News

Ryuk ransomware linked to Emotet and TrickBot trojans; suspicions shift to cybercriminal group

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Multiple researchers are linking the Ryuk ransomware that disrupted the operations of multiple U.S. newspapers in late 2018 to the Emotet and TrickBot trojans. In so doing, some analysts have now also shifted blame for the attack from North Korean actors to cybercriminals, possibly from Russia, while others maintain that attribution efforts are premature. Crowdstrike,…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Government/Defense, Malware, Phishing, Security News

‘Sharpshooter’ cyberespionage campaign scopes out defense, critical infrastructure sectors

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A global phishing campaign called Operation Sharpshooter was discovered using fake job recruitment documents to infect defense, government and critical infrastructure organizations with a malicious backdoor implant, presumably for cyber espionage purposes. The implant, nicknamed Rising Sun, was observed in least 87 impacted organizations over the course of October and November, McAfee Labs reported today…
Malware, Security News

Lazarus FASTCash ATM attack details discovered

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Symantec researchers have uncovered several crucial details behind how the cybergang Lazarus, (AKA Hidden Cobra) has successfully conducted dozens of ATM hacks resulting in the machines literally spewing money out on the group’s command. The FBI and DHS have issued warnings on FASTCash. What was already known is that the bank robbers inject a malicious…
Ransomware, Security News

North Carolina water utility ONWASA taken down by ransomware

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The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) in Jacksonville, N.C. was hit with a ransomware attack over the weekend that has all but shut down its computer operations. ONWASA, which is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Florence, reported that its system came under attack from what it believes to be the EMOTET trojan on…
APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

FireEye outs APT38 as North Korean cyber bank heist gang

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A team of FireEye researchers has detailed the cyber machinations of APT38, a group of North Korea-linked hackers focusing on financial crime and responsible for stealing millions of dollars using highly destructive malware. The team of Nalani Fraser, Jaqueline O’Leary, Vincent Cannon and Frederick Plan said they were able to identify and separate APT38 from…
Cybercrime, Government/Defense, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

WannaDeny: North Korean officials condemn U.S. indictment of alleged hacker

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North Korean officials have denounced and denied a U.S. indictment that accuses one of its citizens of helping carry out the 2017 WannaCry global ransomware attack, the 2014 Sony Pictures hack, an $81 cyberheist of Bangladesh’s central bank in 2016, and other cyberattacks on behalf of his government. According to multiple news outlets [1, 2,…
APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

Justice Dept. charges North Korea spy in Sony, WannaCry attacks

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Just hours after President Trump tweeted his thanks to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for his “unwavering faith in President Trump,” the Justice Department charged North Korean spy Park Jin-hyok with computer fraud for the Sony hack and the costly WannaCry 2.0 attack that wreaked havoc around the globe. “The complaint alleges that the North…
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