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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…
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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…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Clandestine ‘GreyEnergy’ APT group spawned from BlackEnergy, NotPetya actors

Researchers from ESET yesterday exposed a previously undisclosed threat group that descended from TeleBots, the APT group known for launching the BlackEnergy trojan and NotPetya attacks against Ukraine in recent years. Dubbed GreyEnergy, the actor is comparable to the BlackEnergy group (which later changed strategies and became known as TeleBots or Sandworm) in that it…
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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…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Researchers: Backdoor malware connects NotPetya culprits to Industroyer attack against Ukraine’s grid

Researchers are pointing to a recently discovered malicious backdoor as a key piece of evidence that apparently links the actors who launched the 2017 NotPetya ransomware attacks with the malicious hackers who disrupted Ukraine’s power grid the year before. The finding potentially helps to confirm ongoing suspicions among cyber experts that these notorious cyber incidents…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Researchers: Turla and Zebrocy APT actors shared code, targets in 2018

Researchers have identified several shared commonalities between reputed Russian APT outlets Turla and Zebrocy, both known for their global, malware-based cyber espionage operations. Such discoveries help bolster the efforts of cyber investigators who seek to map out malicious ecosystems or attribute attacks to foreign actors. In this case, researchers from Kaspersky Lab are reporting that…
FancyBear APT social
APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

APT28 turns away from election hacking and back to cyberespionage

APT28 has shifted its primary operation away from election interference and is instead actively conducting cyberespionage campaigns against government and military organizations in Europe and South America. Symantec noted this shift in activity in a new report which showed APT28, aka Fancy Bear, was not deterred from conducting illicit activity even after being named as…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Malicious remote admin tool seemingly linked to KONNI malware, North Korea

Since early 2018, a threat actor has been attempting to infect Russian and Cambodian political targets with a newly discovered malicious remote administration tool (RAT) that researchers believe could have North Korean connections. Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 threat research team, which uncovered the malware, refers to it as NOKKI because it shares overlapping code…
APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

FireEye outs APT38 as North Korean cyber bank heist gang

A team of FireEye researchers has detailed the cyber machinations of APT38, a group of North Korea-linked hackers focusing on financial crime and responsible for stealing millions of dollars using highly destructive malware. The team of Nalani Fraser, Jaqueline O’Leary, Vincent Cannon and Frederick Plan said they were able to identify and separate APT38 from…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

The lowdown on LoJax: Researchers detect a UEFI rootkit in the wild

The Russian APT group Sednit (aka Fancy Bear and APT28) is strongly suspected to be the culprit behind a new rootkit malware program that can survive on an infected machine even if the operating system is reinstalled and the hard drive is replaced. ESET researchers who discovered the rootkit say this is the first time…
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