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LYCEUM threat group targets oil and gas, critical infrastructure orgs in MidEast

A LYCEUM threat group targeting critical infrastructure entities – including oil and gas and telecommunications organizations in the Middle East – went undetected for more than a year, according to researchers at the Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit (CTU). “Stylistically, the observed tradecraft resembles activity from groups such as COBALT GYPSY (which is related to…
APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

Russian Turla group masqueraded as Iranian hackers in attacks

The Russian hacker group Turla disguised itself as Iranians and stole state secrets from multiple countries, authorities from the U.S. and U.K. said Monday.  “Identifying those responsible for attacks can be very difficult, but the weight of evidence points towards the Turla group being behind this campaign,” Paul Chichester, director of operations at GCHQ’s National Cyber Security…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Security News

Fox Kitten APT campaign exploits VPN flaws hours after public disclosure

Iranian APT actors have engaged in a long-running cyber espionage and data theft campaign that has victimized dozens of companies around the world, typically compromising them via virtual private network and Remote Desktop Protocol services, according to a new research report. Vulnerable VPNs have been such a favorite attack vector of choice among these actors…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Legacy ICS puts critical infrastructure at risk

By using search engines dedicated to scanning all open ports, or scanning the ports themselves, hackers can remotely take control of critical private and public U.S. infrastructure run largely by industrial control systems (ICS) that weren’t built with security in mind. American water and energy providers are particularly vulnerable to cyberattack because their legacy ICSs…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Bahraini oil company reportedly attacked by new ‘Dustman’ disk wiper

Bapco, the national oil company of the Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain, was reportedly targeted in a Dec. 29 disk wiper attack that officials believe originated from Iran-backed hackers. Iran is historically associated with past disk wiper campaigns against energy companies, most notably the destructive Shamoon or Disttrack malware attack against the Saudi Arabian…
Features, Security News

Cybersecurity takes the stage

No longer just the concern of IT, cybersecurity is the bad boy headliner that dominates centerstage and all stages beyond.  Teri Robinson reports.  At the recent Lonestar Blues and Heritage Festival in, where else, Texas, fans bounced between the main stage where headliners strutted their stuff and the porch stage where more modest acts plucked their guitars – and…
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