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Stantinko botnet’s monetization strategy shifts to cryptomining

The versatile Stantinko botnet that’s been targeting former Soviet nations since at least 2012 has added a Monero cryptomining module to its arsenal. Stantinko historically has perpetrated click fraud, ad injections, social network fraud and brute-force password stealing attacks, primarily targeting Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. But this latest module, discovered by researchers at ESET,…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Ramsay spy framework built to subvert air-gapped defenses

Air-gapped networks aren’t easily compromised, but they don’t offer perfectly air-tight security either. Leveraging insider threats, infecting flash drives and other removable media, and conducting side-channel attacks are all techniques malicious actors can employ to spread malware to isolated systems. Indeed, researchers at ESET are reporting the discovery of a new cyber espionage framework designed…
APTs/cyberespionage, Malware, Security News

VBA macro, remote template injectors included in Gamaredon post-compromise tool kit

The Gamaredon threat group has built a post-compromise tool arsenal that includes remote template injectors for Word and Excel documents as well as a unique Outlook mass-mailing macro, researchers recently discovered. The tools, previously undocumented, boast a VBA macro aimed at Outlook that sends spearphishing emails to a victim’s Microsoft address book contacts, according to…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

KrØØk vulnerability could allow crooks to intercept WiFi data packets

ESET researchers revealed during a talk at RSA Conference 2020 a vulnerability found in more than one billion WiFi-enabled devices and access points that could allow an attacker to partially read encrypted data being transmitted. Dubbed KrØØk, CVE-2019-15126 is a previously unknown vulnerability found in WiFi chips from Broadcom and Cypress. These are not only…
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APTs/cyberespionage, Gaming, Malware, Security News

Modular backdoor sneaked into video game developers’ servers

A suspected Chinese APT group used a newly discovered modular backdoor to infect at least one video game developer’s build orchestration server and at least one other company’s game servers, researchers have reported. Although these attacks appear to have taken place prior to March, such incidents are now more important than ever to detect and…
Mobile Security, Security News

Google forms App Defense Alliance

Google has announced the creation of the App Defense Alliance, a collaboration of the search giant and three cybersecurity firms to vet apps prior to being placed in the Google Play Store. To accomplish this task ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium, gratis, will integrate their scanning engines with the Google Play Protect detection systems. “This will…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Mobile Security, Ransomware

Mobile ransomware disguised as upcoming Canadian Covid-19 contact tracing app

Capitalizing on a Canadian government announcement pertaining to the development of a nationwide, voluntary Covid-19 contact tracing app, malicious actors this month created a fake version of such an app that in reality infects Android users with mobile ransomware. According to a new blog post from ESET, the ransomware, dubbed CryCryptor, was found being distributed…
Phishing, Security News

PayPal scam goes after account info, payment card data

PayPal customers are being hit with a phishing scam designed to steal their login credentials and other PII through a series of well-crafted emails and fraudulent websites. An incident begins with an email stating that there has been some unusual activity on the person’s PayPal account that requires immediate attention in order to properly secure…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Cyber snoops targeted aerospace, defense employees with fake job offers on LinkedIn

A cyber espionage operation used fake job offers, sent via LinkedIn messages, to target employees at aerospace and military companies in Europe and the Middle East late last year, researchers from ESET have reported. The highly targeted campaign — dubbed Operation In(ter)ception (an allusion to one malware sample’s file name) — took place from September…
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