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As unemployment claims soar, cyber workforce remains strong

Of the nearly 10 million Americans who recently have filed for unemployment insurance – 6.6 million this week and 3.3 million the week before – as the coronavirus pandemics shut down businesses and the economy, the cybersecurity workforce seemingly has been spared. But experts warned that widespread layoffs in the future could leave organizations vulnerable.…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Finance, Government, Government/Defense, Malware, Security News

U.S. offers up to $5M for info on North Korean cyber activity

Four U.S. federal agencies on Wednesday jointly issued an advisory that warns of ongoing North Korea-sponsored cyberthreat operations, and offers a reward of up to $5 million for information on such operations. The communication, issued by the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Treasury Department and the FBI, details the Democratic People’s Republic…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Security News

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, Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Cyber snoops targeted aerospace, defense employees with fake job offers on LinkedIn

A cyber espionage operation used fake job offers, sent via LinkedIn messages, to target employees at aerospace and military companies in Europe and the Middle East late last year, researchers from ESET have reported. The highly targeted campaign — dubbed Operation In(ter)ception (an allusion to one malware sample’s file name) — took place from September…
Cybercrime, Ransomware, Security News

Nemty comes up empty, as cyber gang ditches ransomware for newer encryptor

The cyber actors behind the Nemty ransomware-as-a-service operation are reportedly folding up shop as they concentrate their efforts on a newly launched malicious encryptor. The decision to shut down Nemty could leave some individuals in a lurch. As of April 14, the cybercriminals are giving victims one week to pay their ransom and receive a…
Coronavirus

COVID-19 has changed business, but threat actors and tools remain strangely familiar

The coronavirus pandemic has forced massive changes upon businesses, but the overall cyber threat landscape remains relatively stable, according to researchers at FireEye. Yes, malicious actors are now leveraging global fears to create phishing schemes built around COVID-19. But the main threat actors are still the same and their methodologies, offensive weapons and goals remain…
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…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Government, Health Care, Ransomware, Security News

Execs, dignitaries call on nations to help end cyberattacks on health care orgs

The CyberPeace Institute and dozens of international leaders and dignitaries on Tuesday collectively urged the world’s governments in an open letter to help put an end to cyberattacks on hospitals and health care institutions that are already under the incredible strain of combatting the Covid-19 pandemic. “Over the past weeks, we have witnessed attacks that…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

2FA app weaponized to infect Mac users with Dacls RAT

MacOS users who think they have protected themselves by downloading a particular two-factor authentication application may have actually infected their machines with a new variant of the Dacls remote access trojan. When Dacls was originally discovered in late 2019, it was known to target Windows and Linux platforms, but now it appears Macs are no…
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