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U.S. urges Linux users to secure kernels from new Russian malware threat

Linux users should not assume they are safe from the ambitions and reach of reputed Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, which has been using a newly disclosed malware toolset to establish a command-and-control connection with infected Linux systems. Called Drovorub, the toolset essentially creates a backdoor that enables file downloads and uploads, the execution of…
Cybercrime, Email Security, Security News

BEC scams grow in complexity as Russian actors launch Cosmic Lynx operation

A newly reported and unusually sophisticated Business Email Compromise (BEC) operation may serve as a model for other cybercriminals looking to up their social engineering game and cash in on a lucrative illegal pastime. In a press release, blog post and detailed dossier (accessible via the blog post), researchers from Agari who discovered the operation…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Russian cybercrime forums seen selling malware-sabotaged COVID-19 map

The recently discovered weaponized coronavirus map found to infect victims with a variant of the information-stealing AZORult malware has been sold online by Russian language cybercrime forums, according to a new report. Security expert Brian Krebs states in a blog post published this week that the live, interactive map dashboard was part of an infection…
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…
Cybercrime, Legal, Security News

Russian who allegedly ran illegal Cardplanet site extradited to U.S.

The alleged operator of a website that sold payment card numbers stolen from hacked entities was hauled into a Virginia federal courtroom yesterday after Israel extradited the defendant, despite reported efforts by Russia to prevent the prisoner from reaching American soil. Russian national Aleksei Burkov, 29, is accused of running Cardplanet, which offered visitors the…
Cybercrime, Finance, Retail, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

DDoS attackers claim to be Russian APT group, demand ransom

A group of extortionists claiming to be the Russian APT group Fancy Bear launched a ransom denial of service (RDoS) campaign against numerous industry sectors earlier this month, demanding a payment of 2 Bitcoin to stop bombarding victims with amplified traffic. In all likelihood, the attackers are not truly members of a Russian intelligence agency’s…
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…
"EFF asks court to find NSA internet spying a violation of Fourth Amendment"
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Finance, Legal, Security News

Russian man pleads guilty to financial firm hacks

Russian Andrei Tyurin has pleaded guilty to taking part in a cybercriminal campaign that targeted the U.S. financial sector and stole personal data from roughly 100 million customers of various firms, the DOJ announced this week. Tyurin, 35, pleaded guilty in a Southern New York federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit computer…
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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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Election Coverage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Sen. Hyde-Smith blocks 3 security bills on same day Mueller warns of Russian meddling

On the same day that former U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller publicly testified that Russia is actively taking measures to interfere with America’s 2020 elections, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., blocked the passage of three bills designed to boost the security of elections or the federal government. Yesterday, the senator rejected two separate bills (1, 2),…
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