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WhatsApp conversations can be stolen on Android devices
Malware, Messaging Security, Security News

WolfRAT malware targets WhatsApp, Messenger

A new malware called “WolfRAT is targeting messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Line on Thai Android devices. WolfRAT, according to the Cisco Talos intelligence team, is based on a leak of the previously leaked DenDroid malware family. Talos said in a blog post it highly believes that this modified version of the malware…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government/Defense, Malware, Security News

Geopolitical targets figuring in latest StrongPity attacks

StrongPity, aka Promethium, a potentially state-sponsored APT group active since 2012, isn’t letting exposed campaigns in recent years stop it from trying to install malware around the world, particularly in warzones such as Syria. Two separate reports this week from Cisco Talos and Bitdefender suggest the attackers are getting more aggressive in their geo-targeted malicious…
Cryptocurrency, Security News

New cryptominer botnet spreads payload, less intrusive

A new cryptocurrency-mining botnet attack called Prometei bypasses detection systems and monetizes its campaigns in less intrusive ways. It is the first time that anyone’s documented a multi-modular botnet, according to Talos, which discovered the botnet and dubbed it “Prometei.” The botnet, which has been active since March, spreads a payload to provide financial benefits…
Security in 2015: Biometrics
Mobile Security, Research, Security News

Researchers fool devices’ biometric scanners with replicated fingerprints

Researchers at Cisco Talos said they were able to fool biometrics-based user authentication technology on eight mobile devices by using 3D-printed molds to create replicates of users’ fingerprints. The process Talos researchers developed to fabricate a user’s biometric signature required a painstaking effort, and in real life would require either direct or indirect access to…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Cisco ASA and Firepower Appliance seeing increased attacks

Cisco Talos is reporting on a vulnerability in the company’s Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) and Firepower Appliance that is being openly exploited. The issue, CVE-2018-0296, is a denial-of-service and information disclosure directory traversal bug in the web framework of the appliance. Using a specially crafted URL an attacker could cause the ASA appliance to…
Malware, Security News

Malicious doc campaign unleashes Cobalt Strike on gov’t, military orgs in South Asia

A military-themed malware campaign targeting military and government organizations in South Asia unleashes “maldocs” that spread full remote-access trojan (RAT) capabilities. The multistage chain attack, which began in 2018, infects endpoints with customized beacons and a modular dropper that Talos calls IndigoDrop, which executes the final payloads, Cisco Talos reported in a blog post. “This…
Email Security, Security News

Aggah malspam campaign updated with new payloads

An updated Aggah malspam campaign is distributing malicious Microsoft Office documents designed to trigger a multi-stage infection in order to a target a user’s endpoint. The campaign is depositing Agent Tesla, njRAT and Nanocore RAT in a attack that is being run out of several Pastebin accounts, reported Cisco Talos. As with previous Aggah attacks,…
The first half of 2013 saw a 355 percent uptick in social spam. Facebook is a big target.
Cybercrime, Email Security, Government, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Renewed Emotet phishing activity targets UN, government and military users

Since resuming operations after a holiday hiatus, the malicious actors behind the Emotet banking trojan network have reportedly targeted at least 82 countries with spam and crafted a special phishing campaign targeting the United Nations. Meanwhile, an additional report has revealed an increase in Emotet phishing activity targeting government and military entities over the last…
Cryptocurrency, Security News

Vivin’s low-end cryptomining campaign enters third year of activity

When it comes to cybercrime one does not necessarily have to be good to be successful as is being demonstrated by the cryptomining campaign Vivin. Cisco Talos first came across samples of Vivin’s activity in November 2019, but upon further research found this mining activity had been ongoing since at least 2017. The fact it…
Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Phishing campaign targets Americas with new variant of Loda RAT

Researchers have observed a new malware campaign that’s been targeting the U.S., Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica with an updated variant of the Loda RAT remote access trojan. In a company blog post on Wednesday, Cisco Talos said that since at least the last quarter of 2019, the campaign has been using malicious websites to…
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