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DDoS attackers claim to be Russian APT group, demand ransom

A group of extortionists claiming to be the Russian APT group Fancy Bear launched a ransom denial of service (RDoS) campaign against numerous industry sectors earlier this month, demanding a payment of 2 Bitcoin to stop bombarding victims with amplified traffic. In all likelihood, the attackers are not truly members of a Russian intelligence agency’s…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Malware, Phishing, Security News

‘Cannon’ downloader tool added to Fancy Bear’s APT arsenal

A new cyber espionage campaign from the Russian APT group Fancy Bear has added some firepower in the form of a new malicious first-stage downloader tool called Cannon. Cannon diverges from Fancy Bear’s (aka Sofacy, APT28) usual downloader trojan, Zebrocy, in that it leverages email protocols for C2 communication as opposed to HTTP or HTTPS.…
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Suspected Chinese TEMP.Periscope phishing campaign adopts Russian APT techniques

The Chinese threat actor TEMP.Periscope is being blamed for a phishing-based malware campaign last July against a U.K.-based engineering company, only researchers say the perpetrators exhibited Russian APT techniques to carry out their mission. A company blog post from Recorded Future’s Insikt Group division reports that the attackers used known, published tactics from reputed Russian…
Officials preparing for cyber attacks, scams as Olympics nears
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Microsoft: Russia again hacks anti-doping and sports agencies

Facing possible exclusion from the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and other major athletic events, Russia once again has been attempting to hack anti-doping agencies and sports organizations, Microsoft reported yesterday. In attacks that started on Sept. 16, the reputed Russian APT Fancy Bear targeted at least 16 national and international sports organizations across three…
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The lowdown on LoJax: Researchers detect a UEFI rootkit in the wild

The Russian APT group Sednit (aka Fancy Bear and APT28) is strongly suspected to be the culprit behind a new rootkit malware program that can survive on an infected machine even if the operating system is reinstalled and the hard drive is replaced. ESET researchers who discovered the rootkit say this is the first time…
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Researchers: Turla and Zebrocy APT actors shared code, targets in 2018

Researchers have identified several shared commonalities between reputed Russian APT outlets Turla and Zebrocy, both known for their global, malware-based cyber espionage operations. Such discoveries help bolster the efforts of cyber investigators who seek to map out malicious ecosystems or attribute attacks to foreign actors. In this case, researchers from Kaspersky Lab are reporting that…
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Seven additional modules make Fancy Bear’s VPNFilter malware even more versatile

Researchers have discovered seven additional third-stage modules in the VPNFilter malware that has been infecting hundreds of thousands of global networking devices in Ukraine and around the world since at least 2016. Believed to be the creation of Russian APT group Fancy Bear, VPNFilter remains a credible threat, despite recent efforts taken to expose the…
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Cozy Bear tracks: Phishing campaign looks like work of Russian APT group

Recently detected spear phishing activity suggests that the Russian APT group Cozy Bear may have emerged from its hibernation and become officially operative once more. Last last week, respected cybersecurity firms CrowdStrike and FireEye both issued warnings referencing a widespread phishing campaign targeting multiple industry sectors, while implementing the tactics, techniques and procedures of Cozy…
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U.S. urges Linux users to secure kernels from new Russian malware threat

Linux users should not assume they are safe from the ambitions and reach of reputed Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, which has been using a newly disclosed malware toolset to establish a command-and-control connection with infected Linux systems. Called Drovorub, the toolset essentially creates a backdoor that enables file downloads and uploads, the execution of…
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U.S. indicts GRU officers over anti-doping agency hacks; Western allies condemn Russia

The U.S. and several key Western Allies have leveled an array of new and damning hacking allegations against Russia, with the Department of Justice announcing federal indictments against seven officers in Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) military intelligence agency. Officials from America, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands over last 24 hours have publicly…
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