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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…
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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…
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Mushtik botnet now shopping for Tomato routers

A new variant of the Mushtik botnet has been found attacking routers using the open-source Tomato router firmware with about 4.600 routers currently exposed on the internet. Musthtik has been operating since March 2018 using a worm-like propagating ability to infect and harvest Linux servers and IoT devices. The good news is the new variant…
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,…
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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,…
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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,…
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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Graboid cryptomining worm leverages Docker Engine containers to spread

Researchers have found what they are calling the first crpytojacking worm to spread to and from compromised containers in the Docker Engine. Named Graboid as an homage to the monster worm in the 1990 movie Tremors, the malware mines Monero cryptocurrency from infected machines and randomly spreads to other vulnerable hosts. Indeed, the malware contains a list…
Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Criminals’ security lapses enable discovery of Geost mobile banking trojan

Thanks in no small part to the perpetrators’ own sloppy operational security, researchers have uncovered a large Android banking trojan scheme that may have impacted hundreds of millions of Russians. Dubbed Geost, the malware is distributed via a malicious cybercriminal botnet operation consisting of 13 command-and-control servers and more than 140 malicious domains, according to…
Application Security, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Android apps with scores of downloads serve up annoying ads, unwanted subscriptions

Hundreds of millions of Android devices have potentially been compromised by malicious adware and ad fraud apps that on the surface appear to offer harmless services such as selfie filters, weather forecasts or VPN security, according to a trio of recently released research reports. Late last week, researchers at mobile security company Wandera reported finding…
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