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74 Facebook groups for cybercriminals found

There are Facebooks groups for moms, people who like trains, or old photographs of Chicago so it should come as no surprise that cybercriminals also use the social media network to discuss what they like. Cisco Talos found 74 Facebook groups with more than 385,000 members with dedicated to acts ranging from shady to illegal.…
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…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Security News

Sea Turtle DNS hijackers linked to breach of Greece’s ccTLD organization

Despite being publicly exposed earlier this year, the actors behind the malicious Sea Turtle DNS hijacking campaign continue to unabashedly rack up new victims, and apparently added a new technique to their repertoire, a new report states. The group made waves last April when researchers at Cisco’s Talos unit reported that the attackers have been…
Cybercrime, Security News

Sextortion gang found to be behind email bomb threat spree

Cisco Talos believes it has tied a recent wave of emailed bomb threats to the same group that was conducting a sextortion campaign earlier this year, and revealed that most recent campaign was a financial bust for the malicious actors. A nationwide wave of bomb threat emails demanding a bitcoin payment to halt the explosion…
Network Security, Security News

Researchers disclose six privilege escalation bugs in Shimo VPN client

The Shimo VPN client for Mac systems contains six privilege escalation vulnerabilities that have yet to be patched by its developers, researchers from Cisco’s Talos division reported yesterday. Shimo is a product that allows users to connect multiple VPN accounts to a single application. Discovered by Cisco Labs researcher Tyler Bohan, all six flaws were…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Phishing campaign targeted subscribers to Tibetan Government-in-Exile’s mailing list

Subscribers to a Tibetan Government-in-Exile mailing list were targeted in a recent email-based phishing campaign designed to infect them with a remote access trojan. Dubbed ExileRAT, the trojan is capable of gathering system information, retrieving and pushing files, and executing and ending various processes, according to a blog post from Cisco Systems’ Talos division, whose…
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…
APTs/cyberespionage, Malware, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

DNSpionage actors adjust tactics, debut new remote administration tool

The actors responsible for the DNSpionage DNS hijacking campaign have altered some of their tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), introducing a new reconnaissance phase as well as a new malicious remote administration tool called Karkoff. Discovered last November, the operation primarily targets Lebanon- and United Arab Emirates-affiliated .gov domains, commandeering the websites’ DNS servers so…
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