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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…
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, Phishing, Security News

Trade minister hack led to trade secrets leak before U.K. election

The hack of a U.K. trade minister’s email account – the result of a spear phishing campaign likely engineered by Russian operatives –  led to the leak of U.S.-U.K. trade documents and perpetuated a disinformation campaign credited with influencing the 2019 U.K. election. Hackers were able to successfully access the email of Trade Minister Liam…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Broadened CIA cyberattack powers put businesses on alert

The greater business community should be on higher alert for cyberattacks by nation-state actors after the report last week that President Trump signed a “presidential finding” around cyberwarfare that gives the CIA broader powers to launch cyberattacks against U.S. adversaries. After all, following the Stuxnet attack by the U.S. in 2009 the Iranians responded not…
APTs/cyberespionage, Coronavirus, Security News

Justice charges Chinese nationals in hacking campaign

Two Chinese hackers working with the Ministry of State Security, and charged by the Justice Department on Tuesday, allegedly ran a more-than-decade-long campaign hacking into the systems of hundreds of companies, governments, NGOs, dissidents, human rights activists and even clergy, nicking intellectual property and proprietary business research and more recently targeting companies developing COVID-19 vaccines,…
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…
APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

Trump approved 2018 retaliatory cyberattack on Russia’s IRA

Despite past assertions that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence community that Russia does not tamper with the U.S. electoral process, President Donald Trump last week admitted in an interview with a Washington Post columnist that he approved a 2018 retaliation to take out Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) for precisely…
Sentencing begins for four LulzSec members in London
APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

Trump commutes Roger Stone’s sentence stemming from Mueller probe

President Trump has commuted the sentence of long-time confidante Roger Stone who was to report to prison on July 14 to serve 40 months after being found guilty of seven counts, including obstruction, witness tampering and lying to Congress. During Stone’s trial, which stemmed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s interference in the…
APTs/cyberespionage, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, 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…
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