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Report details how North Korean and Russian cybercriminals are cooperating

Several companies, media outlets and the U.S. government have accused North Korean state-sponsored hackers of purchasing access to pre-hacked servers from criminal groups. But the connections to specific criminal groups have been a little more tenuous. Now a new meta-analysis of previous reports from Intel 471 establish a likely connection to TrickBot. TrickBot, as well…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Security News

Redbanc cyberattack linked to Lazarus group

The recently disclosed cyber attack on the Chilean interbank network Redbanc which took place in December 2018, may have been carried out by North Korea-linked advanced persistent threat (APT) group Lazarus. The attack involved PowerRatankba, a malware toolkit with ties to APT group represents the latest known example of Lazarus-affiliated tools being deployed within financially…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Government/Defense, Malware, Phishing, Security News

‘Sharpshooter’ cyberespionage campaign scopes out defense, critical infrastructure sectors

A global phishing campaign called Operation Sharpshooter was discovered using fake job recruitment documents to infect defense, government and critical infrastructure organizations with a malicious backdoor implant, presumably for cyber espionage purposes. The implant, nicknamed Rising Sun, was observed in least 87 impacted organizations over the course of October and November, McAfee Labs reported today…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Data Breach, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Dacls RAT’s goals are to steal customer data and spread ransomware

The Dacls remote access trojan that is capable of attacking Windows, Linux and macOS environments has been used to distribute VHD ransomware and to target customer databases for attempted exfiltration, according to researchers. Kaspersky on Wednesday revealed this latest intel on Dacls in a company blog post and corresponding press release that also detailed an…
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Lazarus FASTCash ATM attack details discovered

Symantec researchers have uncovered several crucial details behind how the cybergang Lazarus, (AKA Hidden Cobra) has successfully conducted dozens of ATM hacks resulting in the machines literally spewing money out on the group’s command. What was already known is that the bank robbers inject a malicious Advanced Interactive eXecutive (AIX) executable into a running, legitimate…
APTs/cyberespionage, Coronavirus, Phishing, Security News

Report: Lazarus Group has large-scale Covid-19 phishing campaign in the works

North Korea’s Lazarus group is likely behind a planned coronavirus-related phishing campaign taking aim at more than 5 million businesses and people in the U.S. and five other countries June 21. “The hacking campaign involved using phishing emails under the guise of local authorities in charge of dispensing government-funded Covid-19 support initiatives,” researchers at Cyfirma…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Security News

Fake company pushes phony cryptocurrency app to spread Mac malware

It appears North Korean hackers have revisited a tried-and-true scheme to attack Mac owners who work at cryptocurrency exchanges: creating a fake company and corresponding cryptocurrency trading app that actually infects users with malware. Researcher Patrick Wardle, creator of OS X security firm Objective-See, reported in a blog post late last week that malicious actors…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

North Korean hackers allegedly pick on Russian targets for a change

The reputed North Korean APT actor known as Lazarus Group (aka Hidden Cobra) typically focuses its hacking efforts on South Korea, Japan and the U.S., but one of its suspected campaigns from last January surprisingly appears to have targeted Russian businesses with its signature Lazarus backdoor malware. Taking place from Jan. 26-31, the phishing campaign…
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New Data shines light into Lazarus group’s Operation Sharpshooter campaign

North Korean hacking Lazarus Group’s Operation Sharpshooter campaign, used “extremely convincing” job recruitment emails to target defense, government, finance, energy and critical infrastructure organizations across the world, according to McAfee researchers. An unnamed government entity familiar with the malware campaign provided code and data from a command-and-control server responsible for the management of the operations,…
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