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FBI swats down massive, botnet-fueled ad fraud operation

With a heavy assist from private-sector cybersecurity and tech organizations, the FBI has dismantled a highly complex fraud network responsible for generating billions upon billions of fake online ad placements. In conjunction with the takedown, the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday announced a 13-count indictment filed against eight individuals, each a resident of either Russia,…
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Researchers link XLoader and FakeSpy malware families to Yanbian Gang

Trend Micro researchers believe they have spotted a connection between the XLoader and FakeSpy malware families along with possible ties to the Yanbian Gang. Researchers suspect both malware types are either being operated by the same threat group or that their operators are affiliated with each other as each malware family uses similar code to…
DefCon: You cannot 'cyberhijack' an airplane, but you can still create mischief
Cybercrime, Security News

Bots on a plane? Bad bots cause unique cybersecurity issues for airlines

While bots are a common tool of cybercriminals for carrying out DDoS attacks and mining cryptocurrencies, a recent report found they may also be indirectly increasing the price of your airline tickets. Distil Research Lab’s Threat report, “How Bots Affect Airlines,” found the airline industry has unique cybersecurity challenges when dealing with bad bots, which…
Mobile Security, Network Security, Security News

Google’s first Android security transparency report highlights dangers of third-party app stores

Android users who download from Google Play are less likely to install potentially harmful apps than those who download from unofficial third-party stores, according to the inaugural edition of Google’s quarterly Android Ecosystem Security Transparency Report. The data published in the online report last Thursday was collected from users who enabled the Google Play Protect…
Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Mozilla exorcises five bugs on Halloween

The Mozilla Foundation yesterday issued updates for its Firefox and Thunderbird products, fixing a total of five vulnerabilities, one critical. The most severe bug, designated CVE-2018-12390, consists of a series of memory safety bugs discovered by Mozilla developers and community members in Firefox 63, Firefox ESR 60.3 and Thunderbird 60.3. “Some of these bugs showed evidence…
Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

‘Outlaw’ threat actor uses Shellbot variant to form new botnet

An unknown threat actor has been targeting organizations with botnet malware that communicates with its command-and-control server via the Internet Relay Chat application layer protocol. Nicknamed Outlaw, the hacking group developed the botnet as a Perl language-based variant of Shellbot, according to a Nov. 1 blog post from Trend Micro, whose researchers uncovered the threat. Shellbot is…
Cybercrime, Security News

Scammers are swarming around popular Fortnite game, researchers warn

Wherever gamers go, scammers will follow — and that especially goes for the immensely popular survival and battle royale game Fortnite. Indeed, researchers at social media and digital protection company ZeroFOX reported yesterday that they generated 53,000 alerts related to Fortnite scams in one month alone, from early September to early October. Many of these scams falsely…
malvertising targets hundreds of adult sites
Cybercrime, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Federal employee infects gov’t network with Russian malware through adult video websites

An employee at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) infected his agency’s network with Russian malware delivered via adult websites. The Office of Inspector General initiated an investigation into suspicious internet traffic at the agency’s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center satellite imaging facility in Sioux Falls, SD when they found an employee visited some…
Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

‘Narwhal Spider’ group’s spam campaign targets Japanese recipients with URLZone malware

A newly discovered spam campaign powered by version two of the well-known Cutwail botnet has been found targeting Japanese users in an attempt to infect them with the URLZone (aka Bebloh) banking trojan. In a company blog post yesterday, Crowdstrike researchers Sebastian Eschweiler, Brett Stone-Gross and Bex Hartley note that the operation leverages the art of…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Mozilla updates fix several critical and high-rated vulnerabilities

The Mozilla Foundation released updates for Firefox 62 and Firefox ESR 60.2 to fix several vulnerabilities, including two rated critical. In Firefox 62 the critical issues are CVE-2018-12388 and CVE-2018-12390, which is also in Firefox ESR 60.2, Mozilla reported. Both are memory safety bugs that showed some evidence of memory corruption that possibly with enough…
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