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Data Breach, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Hackers leak documents stolen from contractor for Russian intel agency

Hackers reportedly stole 7.5 TB of data from a contractor for the Russian intelligence service FSB, and revealed details on several of its activities or prospective projects, including the collecting of information on users of social media services, Tor and P2P networks. The contractor, SyTech, has worked for FSB’s radio-electronic intelligence unit 71330 since 2009,…
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APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Security News

U.S. indicts GRU officers over anti-doping agency hacks; Western allies condemn Russia

The U.S. and several key Western Allies have leveled an array of new and damning hacking allegations against Russia, with the Department of Justice announcing federal indictments against seven officers in Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) military intelligence agency. Officials from America, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands over last 24 hours have publicly…
Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Ransomware, Security News

Phishing campaign throws Shade ransomware at Russians

Attackers this month have revived an email phishing operation that targets Russian speakers with Shade ransomware served via malicious JavaScript attachments. The scam first emerged in a campaign that began in mid-October of last year, before dying down over the holiday period. But January ushered in a more intense second phase that doubled the previous…
APTs/cyberespionage, Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government, Podcasts, Security News

‘Kardashian jokes and then a really racist tweet’: How Russian social media trolls suckered in Americans

Camille Francois remembers the day she learned that the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was granting her the extraordinary opportunity to research the extent of Russia’s influence operations during 2016 presidential election campaign. SC Podcast “Our CEO [John Kelly]… said, ‘Hey Cam, what would you say if we had access to the actual data…
Officials preparing for cyber attacks, scams as Olympics nears
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Security News

Microsoft: Russia again hacks anti-doping and sports agencies

Facing possible exclusion from the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and other major athletic events, Russia once again has been attempting to hack anti-doping agencies and sports organizations, Microsoft reported yesterday. In attacks that started on Sept. 16, the reputed Russian APT Fancy Bear targeted at least 16 national and international sports organizations across three…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Trojanized Russian-language Tor browser lets attacks steal from users’ e-wallets

Researchers have discovered a trojanized version of a Tor private browser that targets Russian-speaking dark web marketplace visitors and lets cybercriminals steal from their e-wallet transactions. The developers behind the malicious browser have so far stolen at least $40,000 in bitcoin, although the true number is likely higher. Researchers from ESET discovered a version of…
Cybercrime, Phishing, Security News

Cybercriminal phishing campaign spoofs Russian critical infrastructure domains

A cybercriminal phishing operation designed to infect victims with a malicious backdoor was recently discovered using command-and-control domains that intentionally spoofed the real-life domains of various Russian critical infrastructure firms. The campaign’s focus on critical infrastructure at first gave it the appearance of an APT-sponsored cyberespionage operation, but upon closer inspection, the motivation appears to…
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…
USA Freedom Act foiled by Senate Republicans
Election 2016 Cybersecurity Insights, Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Report: Russian-sponsored hackers could have modified U.S. voter data, but didn’t

Russian state-sponsored cyber actors “conducted an unprecedented level of activity against state election infrastructure in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. elections,” the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence concludes in the first volume of its report on Russia’s efforts to interference in America’s most recent presidential election. Released yesterday, volume one focuses specifically on…
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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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