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Avast execs explain CCleaner cyberattack

Avast executives today attempted clarify and mitigate the public relations damage done when its CCleaner computer maintenance app was discovered to have exposed 2 million users by saying the malware was likely injected prior to Avast's purchase of CCleaner and that to their knowledge no harm came to anyone.
Malware

CCleaner attackers gained access to app developer’s network via TeamViewer

The adversaries who infected 2.27 million machines last year using a modified version of the computer maintenance app CCleaner were able to pull off the supply chain attack by gaining unauthorized access to the developer’s network using the remote desktop access program TeamViewer. Ondrej Vlcek, EVP and GM of the consumer business unit at Avast Software, the…
APTs/cyberespionage, cyberattack, Security News

Avast’s network penetrated, CCleaner targeted again

The Czech-based security firm Avast reported its internal network had been accessed through a temporary and loosely protected VPN profile with compromised credentials . The incident began on September 23 when the company noted suspicious behavior taking place on its network and started an investigation that included Czech national intelligence and cybersecurity assets. It was…
Network Security

Avast narrows down probable location of CCleaner attacker

Avast continued to reveal further details surrounding the cyberattack that placed a backdoor in its free computer maintenance app, CCleaner. The company now believes the attack originated from a country located in the UTC + 4 or UTC + 5 time zones.
APTs/cyberespionage

StrongPity2 spyware takes over for FinFisher

The cybergang behind the now defunct FinFisher man -in-the-middle attacks has switched over to using a new spyware dubbed StrongPity2 and is now using a several popular websites to conduct watering hole attacks to help install this malware.
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Gaming, Malware, Security News

Major software vendor compromised with previously undocumented PortReuse backdoor

A thorough investigation into reputed Chinese APT actor Winnti Group turned up a previously undocumented backdoor that was used to compromise a popular Asian mobile hardware and software vendor — perhaps as a prelude to launching a major supply chain attack against its users. Dubbed PortReuse, the modular malware is a passive network implant that…
Cybercrime, Security News

ShadowHammer attack installed backdoors on a million ASUS devices

Backdoors added to ASUS computers through its software update platform resulted in what Kaspersky researchers are calling one of the largest supply chain incidents ever, “ShadowHammer,” which even surpassed the scope of the CCleaner attack. Researchers estimated malware was distributed to nearly a million people, although the cybercriminals appeared to have only targeted 600 specific…
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