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Alleged Collection 1 hacker nabbed; ransomware campaign targeting hospitals disrupted

The Ukrainian Secret Service on Tuesday announced the arrest of a man who they say is the hacker who amassed hundreds of millions of stolen credentials and then used an internet message board to announce their availability as a data set known as Collection 1. And in another significant win for law enforcement officials, Romania…
Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

TrickBot banking trojan introduces RDP brute forcing module

Malicious actors have created a new module for the TrickBot banking trojan that allows the malware to perform brute force attacks on Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol, specifically targeting U.S. and Hong Kong IP addresses. The module, called rdpScanDll, primarily focuses on the telecommunications, education, and financial services sectors, according to a new white paper from…
Cybercrime, Legal, Malware, Security News

Necurs botnet operation dismantled; millions of malicious domains disabled

A coalition of security-minded organizations led by Microsoft struck a major blow against the mighty Necurs botnet — one of the largest in world — dismantling its infrastructure in a global takedown. Empowered by a court order, Microsoft not only took control of the Necurs operators’ web domains, but it blocked an additional 6 million…
Executive Insight, Opinion

Bots vs. Bad actors: How to spot the difference and protect yourself

Hackers. Bots. Trolls. Cybercriminals. We’ve all heard these terms used – sometimes interchangeably – to describe alleged perpetrators of cyberattacks and other malicious online activity. But as social media grows as the cyberattack vector of choice, it’s important for businesses to understand and be able to recognize the differences so they can spot the real…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, IoT, Malware, Security News

Attackers distill essence of Mirai IoT botnet into LiquorBot malware

Researchers recently uncovered another descendant of the Mirai Internet of Things botnet, this one featuring Monero cryptocurrency mining capabilities. Dubbed LiquorBot, the botnet malware is written in Go programming language and seems to use the same command-and-control infrastructure as Mirai. Sometimes, attack campaigns have even paired both LiquorBot and Mirai together in malicious dropper scripts,…
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…
Cybercrime, Finance, Legal, Malware, Security News

U.S. charges alleged members of “Evil Corp” cybercrime group for Zeus and Dridex campaigns

The U.S. today announced legal and regulatory action against the powerhouse cybercriminal group Evil Corp, filing hacking and bank fraud charges against two of its suspected members. Authorities are also offering a $5 million bounty for information leading to the arrest or conviction of one of the group’s alleged masterminds, 32-year-old Maksim Yakubets of Moscow,…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Stantinko botnet’s monetization strategy shifts to cryptomining

The versatile Stantinko botnet that’s been targeting former Soviet nations since at least 2012 has added a Monero cryptomining module to its arsenal. Stantinko historically has perpetrated click fraud, ad injections, social network fraud and brute-force password stealing attacks, primarily targeting Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. But this latest module, discovered by researchers at ESET,…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Security News

APT33 sics small, elusive botnets on U.S. and global targets

Reputed Iranian threat actor APT33 has been employing more than a dozen secret botnets to infiltrate and spy on the networks of various Middle Eastern, U.S. and Asian organizations, and are even setting up their own VPN networks to conceal their operations, according to researchers. Trend Micro described these findings in a blog post this…
Cybercrime, IoT, Malware, Security News

Gafgyt variant exploits 3 devices to target game servers with DDoS attacks

Researchers have uncovered a new variant of Gafgyt malware (aka BASHLITE) that infects home and small-office routers and networking equipment in order to recruit them into a botnet that bombards gaming servers with distributed denial of service attacks. One of its attacks involves a payload is specifically designed to attack servers running Valve Corporation’s Source…
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