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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…
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…
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…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Sophisticated Android spyware toolset ‘Monokle’ linked to sanctioned Russian defense contractor

A company that was sanctioned by the U.S. government for allegedly helping Russia interfere with the 2016 elections has developed an advanced set of offensive spyware tools with functionality that researchers claim they have never before witnessed in real-life attack campaigns. Dubbed Monokle, the spyware toolset was actually developed as far back as 2015, according…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

‘LightNeuron’ backdoor receives secret commands via Microsoft Exchange email servers; Russian link suspected

Researchers have uncovered what they say is the very first malware to achieve persistence in Microsoft Exchange email servers, which allows attackers to secretly execute commands via malicious emails featuring attachments with hidden code. Dubbed LightNeuron, the furtive backdoor has been targeting Exchange servers since at least 2014, according to a blog post from ESET,…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Malvertising scheme abuses Yandex.Direct, targets Russian accountants with assorted malware

Cybercriminals are abusing the Yandex.Direct online advertising service in order to serve up malicious ads that target Russian accountants with the goal of infecting them with banking trojans and ransomware. Researchers from ESET have so far linked six malware programs to this campaign, which began in October and continues to this day. During periods of…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

North Korean hackers allegedly pick on Russian targets for a change

The reputed North Korean APT actor known as Lazarus Group (aka Hidden Cobra) typically focuses its hacking efforts on South Korea, Japan and the U.S., but one of its suspected campaigns from last January surprisingly appears to have targeted Russian businesses with its signature Lazarus backdoor malware. Taking place from Jan. 26-31, the phishing campaign…
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…
Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Phishing, Security News

Russians targeted in Redaman banking malware operation

An ongoing email phishing campaign designed to spread Redaman banking malware aggressively targeted Russian-speakers, especially those with .ru addresses, over the last four months of 2018. Researchers at Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 division reported this week in a company blog post that from September through December, its threat intelligence service detected 3,845 email sessions…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Health Care, Phishing, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Adobe fixes zero-day Flash bug after attackers target Russian clinic with exploit

Adobe Systems today issued an emergency security update for Flash Player following the discovery of a critical vulnerability that attackers were actively exploiting in a Nov. 29 phishing operation targeting a Russian state health care institution. The zero-day arbitrary code execution exploit was specifically employed against Moscow-based “Polyclinic No. 2” of the Administrative Directorate of…
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