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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 –…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Ransomware, Security News

History shows, transparency can ease the fallout from a cyberattack

Cybersecurity firms have a responsibility to keep their clients safe from digital attacks. But when they end up the victims, they potentially risk losing credibility with these customers, especially if their operations are disrupted. It’s a potentially juicy extortion scenario for attackers, and we just saw an example of this play out last week when…
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…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Featured, Ransomware, Security News

Stricken electronics firms weigh reward, cost of paying ransom

Garmin reportedly paid cyber extortionists millions of dollars for access to a decryptor so that the company could restore its services to customers following a July 23 WastedLocker ransomware attack. Meanwhile, a separate ransomware outfit this week reportedly leaked sensitive data lifted from LG and Xerox’s internal networks after attempted negotiations with the two tech…
Cybercrime, Ransomware, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

Avon attackers may have exploited unprotected web server

An openly accessible web server has emerged as a possible attack vector used by cybercriminals in a reported ransomware incident that affected personal care and beauty marketer Avon Products last June. Researchers from Safety Detectives today announced its discovery of a U.S.-based Avon.com server that was not defended by a password, leaving it accessible to…
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Cybercrime, Email Security, Phishing, Security News

Phishing campaign spoofs security awareness training notifications

That anti-phishing training email your employees just received may, ironically, actually be a phishing email, according to cyber threat analysts who recently uncovered a security awareness-themed online social engineering campaign. In a blog post on Wednesday, experts at Cofense reported on a phishing campaign that sends emails purporting to be a notification urging employees to…
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