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Treasury sanctions Russian research institute for Triton attack

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned a Russian government research institution linked to Triton malware targeting industrial safety systems, the first time the U.S. took such an action for an industrial control system attack. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin called out the Russian government for continuing “to engage in dangerous cyber activities aimed…
Government/Defense, Security News

Report details how North Korean and Russian cybercriminals are cooperating

Several companies, media outlets and the U.S. government have accused North Korean state-sponsored hackers of purchasing access to pre-hacked servers from criminal groups. But the connections to specific criminal groups have been a little more tenuous. Now a new meta-analysis of previous reports from Intel 471 establish a likely connection to TrickBot. TrickBot, as well…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Government/Defense, IoT, Malware, Security News

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…
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…
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…
APTs/cyberespionage, Privacy & Compliance, Security News

Russian hacker releases at least 14,000 Mexican taxpayer IDs

Researchers at Lucy Security recently discovered that a Russian hacker named m1x breached a Mexican government web portal and three days later once the government refused to pay a ransom, publicly-released some 14,000 Mexican taxpayer ID numbers. Colin Bastable, CEO of Lucy Security, said the researchers discovered the case on a hacking forum on the dark web…
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…
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