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Marriott Starwood reservation system data breach exposes 500 million customer records

Malicious actors spent more than four years inside Marriott’s Starwood reservation system obtaining access to 500 million guest records that included names, payment card information and other PII, the hotel chain reported today. The cybercriminals gained access to, copied and encrypted a wide variety of data from guests using its reservation system, the company said.…
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, Malware, Security News

Malicious developer creates wormable, fileless variant of njRAT

Researchers last week detected a new, fileless version of the malicious remote access tool njRAT that propagates as a worm via removable drives. Also known as BLADABINDI or njw0rm, the njRAT acts as a backdoor, capable of cyber espionage, keylogging, distributed denial of service attacks, retrieving and executing files, and stealing credentials from web browsers. This…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Malware, Phishing, Security News

‘Cannon’ downloader tool added to Fancy Bear’s APT arsenal

A new cyber espionage campaign from the Russian APT group Fancy Bear has added some firepower in the form of a new malicious first-stage downloader tool called Cannon. Cannon diverges from Fancy Bear’s (aka Sofacy, APT28) usual downloader trojan, Zebrocy, in that it leverages email protocols for C2 communication as opposed to HTTP or HTTPS.…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Cozy Bear tracks: Phishing campaign looks like work of Russian APT group

Recently detected spear phishing activity suggests that the Russian APT group Cozy Bear may have emerged from its hibernation and become officially operative once more. Last last week, respected cybersecurity firms CrowdStrike and FireEye both issued warnings referencing a widespread phishing campaign targeting multiple industry sectors, while implementing the tactics, techniques and procedures of Cozy…
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U.S. Cyber National Mission Force joins VirusTotal

The U.S. Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF) has started uploading malware samples to VirusTotal as part of its on-going efforts to work more closely with the private sector. The Force, which is a sub-command of U.S. Cyber Command, on November 5 began sharing unclassified malware samples it has discovered that will have the greatest impact…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Malware, Security News

Iran claims telecommunications infrastructure was attacked by Stuxnet variant

Iran officials are reportedly claiming that a variant of the Stuxnet worm that disrupted their country’s nuclear program in the late 2000s was used in an attack on their telecommunications infrastructure last week. Iran is publicly pointing the finger at Israel, while claiming to have successfully defended the attack, according to multiple news outlets, including…
"EFF asks court to find NSA internet spying a violation of Fourth Amendment"
Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Court orders Mirai developer to shell out $8.6 million in damages

A federal court last Friday ordered one of the co-developers of the Mirai IoT botnet to pay $8.6 million in restitution and serve six months of home incarceration as punishment for using the malware to launch DDoS attacks against Rutgers University, where he was studying at the time. Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, N.J., who…
APTs/cyberespionage, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Enigmatic cyber espionage campaign revives source code from old foe APT1

A newly discovered cyber espionage campaign targeting South Korea, the U.S. and Canada features malware that reuses old source code associated with the seemingly dormant or disbanded APT1 threat group. The findings raise the possibility that the reputed Chinese threat actor has resumed operations, especially because its source code was never released to the public, according to…
Security News

LuminosityLink RAT author sentenced to 30 years in prison

A Kentucky man was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for his role in creating and selling a remote access trojan (RAT) used to spy on victims. As part of his plea agreement, Colton Grubbs, 21 of Stanford, Kentucky, pled guilty to selling a software, called LuminosityLink, for $39.99 apiece to more than 6,000…
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