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CozyDuke APT group believed to have targeted White House and State Department
Government/Defense, Security News

APT 29/The Dukes back in business

The threat group APT 29 has apparently returned to action with ESET uncovering three new malware families it is attributing to the cybergang. Apt 29/The Dukes is best known as being the primary suspect behind the Democratic National Committee breach during the runup to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but the group had remained quiet…
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Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Security News

Fiendish Amavaldo banking trojan strikes in Mexico after targeting Brazilians

Researchers this year discovered a pair of malicious campaigns that attempted to distribute the recently discovered Amavaldo banking trojan to Brazilians and Mexicans, respectively. Amavaldo is one of 10 malware families that researchers at ESET’s lab in Prague are claiming to have discovered since 2017, when they first launched an in-depth investigation into Latin American…
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Mobile Security, Security News

AhMyth –based malicious app found in Google Play

A new type of Android-centric spyware has been found that is capable of avoiding Google’s app-vetting process. Malicious actors have placed the spyware in an app, called Radio Balouch, aka RB Music, which does in fact deliver on its advertised promise of playing Balouchi-style music, a traditional music that encompasses classical, semi-classical, and folk music…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

‘LightNeuron’ backdoor receives secret commands via Microsoft Exchange email servers; Russian link suspected

Researchers have uncovered what they say is the very first malware to achieve persistence in Microsoft Exchange email servers, which allows attackers to secretly execute commands via malicious emails featuring attachments with hidden code. Dubbed LightNeuron, the furtive backdoor has been targeting Exchange servers since at least 2014, according to a blog post from ESET,…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

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, 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…
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…
Ransomware, Security News

Gandcrab decrypt tools released

Bitdefender and ESET have each published a Gandcrab ransomware decryptor with particular attention paid to Syrians victims. Bitdefender said its tool can decrypt data encrypted by Gandcrab versions 1, 4 and 5 and for all versions for victims located in Syria. The tool can be downloaded here. Bitdefender stated it worked with Europol, Romanian Police…
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ESET Endpoint Encryption

ESET Endpoint Encryption offers full compliance reporting and audit logging, targeting small and midsized business with the ability to scale with all sized organizations. Endpoint Encryption is FIPS 140-2 Level 1 validated so companies from different sectors can utilize it. Companies with multiple organizations or locations can manage them from a single management server with the…
IoT, Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Unpatched Amazon Echo and Kindle devices prone to KRACK attacks

Amazon.com Echo and Kindle devices were discovered last year to contain WPA/WPA2 protocol vulnerabilities that could potentially allow malicious actors to uncover keychains used to encrypt Wi-Fi traffic. The vulnerabilities, CVE-2017-13077 and CVE-2017-13078, are prone to Key Reinstallation Attacks (aka KRACK attacks), and were disclosed back in 2017 by a pair of Belgian researchers. In essence, they…
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