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Hacker-for-hire groups profit by commoditizing APT tactics

In the span of just over three months, researchers have exposed three mercenary, “hacker-for-hire” groups engaging in industrial espionage and stealing corporate secrets for profit. Despite using tactics, techniques and procedures that are more typical of a nation-state ATP group, these threat actors –  Dark Basin, DeathStalker and an unnamed third entity group detailed late last month by Bitdefender –…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

China targets networks with new Taidoor malware attacks

Wielding a new remote access trojan (RAT) dubbed Taidoor, Chinese government-supported hackers are behind a series of cyberespionage campaigns. Although it offered no details on the possible targets, CISA warned of the malware variants, noting that “the FBI has high confidence that Chinese government actors are using [them] in conjunction with proxy servers to maintain…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Broadened CIA cyberattack powers put businesses on alert

The greater business community should be on higher alert for cyberattacks by nation-state actors after the report last week that President Trump signed a “presidential finding” around cyberwarfare that gives the CIA broader powers to launch cyberattacks against U.S. adversaries. After all, following the Stuxnet attack by the U.S. in 2009 the Iranians responded not…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Government/Defense, Phishing, Security News

Australia says state-based actor is behind surge of sophisticated cyberattacks

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned late last week that a sophisticated, state-sponsored cyber actor has been attacking the country’s government and corporate institutions, as well as critical infrastructure operators, with increasing regularity. Morrison did not name-and-shame the specific country that is responsible for the alleged attacks. But inside sources told Reuters that China is…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Featured, Malware, Security News

Threat hunters watch as Chinese hackers forage forums for tools

Mike McLellan, senior security researcher at Secureworks, talks about the discovery and investigation of one recent Chinese attack campaign that revealed how nation-state actors will leverage any code at their disposal.
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Featured, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

Media companies need to lock down content systems as fake news invades

Social media companies have started to become more efficient at recognizing and taking down fake accounts designed to spread fake news and propaganda. But operators of traditional media websites and other digital platforms that regularly publish vital news information to the public may also want to train themselves be on the lookout for disinformation secretly…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Security News

‘GoldenSpy’ tax software campaign tries to erase evidence of malware

The actors behind a campaign to spread GoldenSpy malware via tax accounting software used by customers of a Chinese bank have recently attempted to distribute an uninstaller that deletes the backdoor in an apparent attempt to cover up their illicit activities. In a previous company blog post and threat report, Trustwave and its SpiderLabs team identified the accounting software…
APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

Trump approved 2018 retaliatory cyberattack on Russia’s IRA

Despite past assertions that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence community that Russia does not tamper with the U.S. electoral process, President Donald Trump last week admitted in an interview with a Washington Post columnist that he approved a 2018 retaliation to take out Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) for precisely…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Covid-19 vaccines, economies in peril after Russian APT29 attacks

Warnings by officials in the U.S., U.K. and Canada that Russia’s Cozy Bear, APT29, is actively trying to steal Covid-19 vaccine research by hacking vaccine trials and dropping WellMess and WellMail malware proves at least two things: Russia military intelligence is still going hard against U.S. targets, and the health care industry, particularly during the…
APTs/cyberespionage, Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Events, Government, Government/Defense, InfoSec World 2020, Insider Threats, Network Security, Security News

Ex-CIA exec: Covid-19 has created ideal ‘crisis’ conditions for malicious hackers

Companies trying to stave off business disruption caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic may be ripe for compromise as they introduce new risks in the scramble to maintain business continuity, warned a retired senior CIA executive in a keynote presentation Wednesday at the InfoSec World 2020 digital conference. In essence, the coronavirus has created ideal…
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