Espionage

News briefs: The latest on Sony, Android, Backoff malware and more.

News briefs: The latest on Sony, Android, Backoff malware and more.

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This month's news briefs cover a preliminary settlement Sony will bear for the exposure of 77 million customers, and more.

'Machete' espionage campaign targets orgs in Venezuela, Ecuador

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The campaign targets Spanish speaking victims, which also appears to be the native language of attackers.

Report: Hacker posts Gamma International data exposing FinFisher concerns

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Gamma International distributes FinFisher, spyware allegedly used to target dissidents in nations overseas.

Chinese gov't drops 10 Apple products from approved list

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In a continuing effort to move away from U.S. products in favor of homegrown technology, China has removed Apple products from its procurement list.

China's gov't nixes Symantec, Kaspersky, favors domestic brands

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China has removed Kaspersky and Symantec from its list of approved security vendors and approves five domestic antivirus brands.

Report: Hackers stole data from Israeli defense firms

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A report by Brian Krebs detailed the intrusions, which occurred between Oct. 2011 and Aug. 2012.

Russian espionage malware adapted for ransomware scams

Russian espionage malware adapted for ransomware scams

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Sentinel Labs dubbed the repurposed malware "Gyges."

China targets shipping firms in Zombie Zero attack

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TrapX was alerted to the zero-day attack when the malware targeted servers with "finance" in their host names.

Chinese hackers seek security clearance data on federal workers

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Chinese hackers broke into databases at the Office of Personnel Management which house data on workers applying for top-secret security clearance.

MiniDuke variant, 'CosmicDuke,' aimed at new targets

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A variant of espionage malware that plagued government entities and other organizations across the globe has returned with a new toolset and a different set of victims.

Advanced attack group Deep Panda uses PowerShell to breach think tanks

Advanced attack group Deep Panda uses PowerShell to breach think tanks

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CrowdStrike revealed that the attack group is now targeting sensitive data about political affairs in Iraq.

Another firm sheds light on espionage group hitting energy sector

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Symantec's report on the "Dragonfly" group brings additional insight on attackers spreading Havex malware.

'Havex' malware strikes industrial sector via watering hole attacks

'Havex' malware strikes industrial sector via watering hole attacks

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F-Secure detected 88 variants of the malware, which infected companies in Europe, as well as a California firm.

HackingTeam tool makes use of mobile malware targeting all major platforms

HackingTeam tool makes use of mobile malware targeting all major platforms

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HackingTeam is an Italian seller of hacking software marketed to police and governments.

Report details China-based cyber spying on U.S. aerospace sector

Report details China-based cyber spying on U.S. aerospace sector

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CrowdStrike revealed that the spy network "Putter Panda" appears to share resources with the infamous espionage group APT1.

Cyber crime costs $445 billion globally, GDPs take hit

Cyber crime costs $445 billion globally, GDPs take hit

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A report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies puts a dollar figure on cybercrime costs but shows wider economic fallout.

Iranian spies bait U.S. officials in years-long social engineering scheme

Iranian spies bait U.S. officials in years-long social engineering scheme

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iSight Partners detailed the elaborate social engineering scheme used to target senior military and government officials in the U.S.

Feds may restrict visas for Chinese security conference attendees

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The government may impose visa restrictions on Chinese nationals who are scheduled to attend the upcoming Black Hat and DefCon security conferences.

U.S. charges Chinese military group with cyber espionage

U.S. charges Chinese military group with cyber espionage

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Five members of the People's Liberation Army were indicted for stealing trade secrets from several large U.S. companies including Alcoa.

Report: 76 percent of targeted Q1 attacks were aimed at government orgs

Report: 76 percent of targeted Q1 attacks were aimed at government orgs

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According to Trend Micro, the public sector has remained a top target of cybercrime.

Report: Iran may evolve into hacking superpower

Report: Iran may evolve into hacking superpower

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Attacks by the Ajax Security Team, and other Iranian groups, have grown in sophistication from website defacement to politically motivated cyber espionage.

Cyber spies in disguise: Nation-state

Cyber spies in disguise: Nation-state

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Espionage has been a fact of life for centuries, but with increased capabilities online, it's spread beyond a narrow core, reports James Hale.

Verizon: Espionage attacks grew threefold in 2013, greater visibility diverts China focus

Verizon: Espionage attacks grew threefold in 2013, greater visibility diverts China focus

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While China continued to lead cyber espionage activity against organizations, Eastern Europe accounted for more than 20 percent of related incidents, according to an annual data breach report.

Huawei responds to leaks detailing NSA hack of firm's networks

Huawei responds to leaks detailing NSA hack of firm's networks

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Recent Snowden leaks allege that the NSA targeted Chinese telecom firm Huawei for corporate data, including product source code.

Firm draws link between APT1 espionage group and Siesta campaign

Firm draws link between APT1 espionage group and Siesta campaign

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On Wednesday, FireEye revealed research linking the Chinese-based attack group APT1 to those behind the Siesta campaign.

Japan vows stronger safeguards after Toshiba breach

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Proprietary information, including technical data, from Japanese companies was allegedly leaked to rivals.

"Siesta" espionage campaign uncovered by researchers

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Organizations in the finance, telecommunications, defense, and transportation industries have been targeted by attackers that may be looking to steal valuable information.

Court opinion shows Fla. police tracked hundreds of cell phones without warrants

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A police department used a "stingray" cell phone tracking device without a judge-issued warrant to pinpoint a suspected criminal's location.

Attackers compromise U.S. veterans site to serve IE zero-day exploit

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Researchers at FireEye found that the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars site was booby trapped to spread a backdoor.

Leaks reveal GCHQ infiltrated and attacked Anonymous

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A division of the British spy agency deployed a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack to uncover identities of Anonymous members.

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