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NSA to demo open-source malware reverse engineer tool at RSA 2019

The National Security Agency (NSA) will demonstrate a free and open-source tool for reverse engineering malware with the hopes of improving security rather than undermining it. The agency is advertising the free tool, GHIDRA, as part of its presentation at The 2019 RSA Conference on March 5. “An interactive GUI capability enables reverse engineers to…
Syrian Electronic Army claims it obtained U.S. Central Command docs via hack
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Researchers: Syrian Electronic Army targeting secure messaging app users with spyware

The Syrian Electronic Army hacker group has reportedly been investing heavily in a scheme to infect Android device users with a spyware tool hidden inside fake app updates. Known for its ardent support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the threat group is targeting in particular  users of secure messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram. The SEA is…
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Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

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,…
Cybercrime, Security News

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…
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…
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…
PokemonGo
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Pokémon Go cheaters may inadvertently learn GPS spoofing

Between 2005 and 2009, children and preteens and even some adults were inadvertently learning basic HTML coding skill as they sought to customize their MySpace pages with unique skins, music, and overall layouts that best represented their personalities. Nearly a decade later, this same curiosity may allow people looking to cheat Pokémon Go, to inadvertently…
Cybercrime, IoT, Malware, Security News

Quirky Fbot IoT botnet kills rival, communicates via blockchain-based DNS

There’s an odd new addition to the extended family of Mirai-inspired IoT botnets, and so far its only obvious victim is a competing botnet whose malware is targeted for removal from any infected devices. Dubbed Fbot, the malware is also unusual because rather than using standard DNS to communicate with the command-and-control server, it instead…
Cryptocurrency, Security News

Monero miner found in third-party Kodi add-ons for Linux and Windows

The now-shuttered XvBMC and Bubbles third-party add-on repositories, along with the still operating Gaia, have been hosting more than just software products, as researchers have discovered these sites have been abused to propagate a cryptomining campaign centered on the popular open-source media player Kodi. ESET researchers have reported that the three add-on repositories, two of…
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