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Report accuses China of extensive mobile spyware use to track ethnic minority group

A new blog post and research report from the Lookout Threat Intelligence Team has exposed the lengths to which a reputed Chinese government-sponsored APT operation has allegedly gone to track the country’s Uyghur minority population, including the trojanization of mobile apps with surveillanceware. Lookout details four spyware families — SilkBean, DoubleAgent, CarbonSteal and GoldenEagle —…
Cybercrime, Ransomware, Security News

Dodging AV and endpoint defenses is a ‘snap’ for new Thanos ransomware

Researchers say that a new ransomware builder tool named after the super-villain Thanos — made available for sale on dark web forums — is the first to strategically use RIPlace, a Microsoft Windows file system technique that’s known to bypass antivirus protections and endpoint detection and response solutions. The implementation of RIPlace, combined with the…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Ransomware, Security News

Password found to rescue victims of malicious COVID-19 tracker app

Members of the IT and cybersecurity communities have successfully obtained a password key for victims of CovidLock Android ransomware, which comes disguised as an app that supposedly helps track cases of the coronavirus, but actually locks users’ phones and demands a ransom in order to restore access. The unlock token has been verified as 4865083501.…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Phishing, Retail, Security News

Bed Bath & Beyond declares data incident

Home goods retailer Bed Bath & Beyond yesterday disclosed in a Securities & Exchange Commission 8-K filing that an unauthorized third party illegally accessed one percent of its online customers’ accounts. The online intruder acquired the account emails and passwords from a “source outside the company’s systems,” the Union Township, N.J. retailer reported. Based on…
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Cybercrime, Security News

Insurance Companies collaborate to offer cybersecurity ratings

In a collaborative effort, some of the world’s largest insurers have set out to create a consumer ratings service for the cybersecurity industry. The initiative, launched Tuesday and set to be led by Marsh & McLennan, will attempt to score best products to reduce hacking risks and will create an assessment of the best cybersecurity…
Data breaches are becoming more common - and costly.
Data Breach, Security News

Dow Jones database holding 2.4 million records of politically exposed persons

A cybersecurity researcher found the Down Jones Watchlist residing in an open Elasticsearch database containing 2.4 million records of politicians, criminals and national and international sanction lists. Independent researcher Bob Diachenko reported on his Security Discovery blog that he came across the 4.4GB dataset on February 22. The files were not secured and could be…
Cybercrime, IoT, Network Security, Security News

Fearing backlash, IoT hacker ‘TheHackerGiraffe’ no longer sticking neck out for PewDiePie

The hacker who’s taken credit for compromising connected devices such as printers and smart televisions in support of YouTube star PewDiePie has gone dark, apparently due to fears of prosecution as well as death threats. According to multiple reports, the individual known as TheHackerGiraffe deleted his (or her/their) accounts on Twitter, Cloudflare, Patreon and other…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Study finds medical device security pros may have false sense of security

A recent study surveying healthcare IT professionals found while the majority of them are very confident their connected devices are protected from cyberattacks, there may be some disconnects between the perceived level of security and how secure medical devices are. The 2018 Zingbox Second Annual Connected Medical Device Survey sought input from more than 200…
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Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Cobalt Gang phishing campaign targets Eastern Europeans with CobInt backdoor-downloader

The Cobalt Gang cybercrime group has launched a new round of phishing campaigns targeting primarily Russian and Romanian banking customers with CobInt, a recently discovered malicious backdoor and downloader. Written in C, CobInt is comprised of three stages: a first-stage downloader, the primary payload, and a series of modules capable of reconnaissance activities such as capturing…
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