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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, Government, Ransomware, Security News

OSX.EvilQuest ransomware targets Macs; Ransom X blamed for TxDOT attack

The crowded ransomware market is now home to three newly discovered players that recently gained the attention of security researchers and malware analysts — including one that targets Mac users and another blamed for a recent attack on the Texas Department of Transportation. Dubbed OSX.EvilQuest, the Mac ransomware was observed being distributed on a Russian…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Government/Defense, Security News, Vulnerabilities

‘Sandworm Team’ hackers from Russia are exploiting Exim, warns NSA

The U.S. National Security Agency on Thursday issued an advisory alleging that hackers from Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) have been actively exploiting a remote code execution vulnerability in Exim Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) software, found in Unix-based systems. Researchers and analysts reacting to the agency’s warning say the announcement is an important reminder that…
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Phishing emails impersonate White House, Trump, give false COVID-19 guidance

Americans anxious over the spread of COVID-19 could be forgiven for falling for an email that purports to provide information on the pandemic from “The Federal Government, President Donald Trump,” but is instead a phishing scheme originating from a Russian email account. In a company blog post and research report, email security company INKY reported…
Cybercrime, Government, Legal, Security News

DEER.IO caught in FBI’s headlights; cybercrime platform gets shut down

The FBI on Tuesday seized the website for DEER.IO, a Russian online platform used to conduct millions of dollars worth of cybercriminal transactions. The crackdown followed the March 7 arrest of alleged hacker/DEER.IO administrator Kirill Victorovich, who was taken into custody while in New York City. Active since October 2013, DEER.IO allows users to purchase…
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…
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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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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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,…
Government, Security News

Russian-based misinformation campaign sends fake news from spoofed accounts

A Russian-based information operations campaign used fake social media accounts across multiple platforms to attack western interests.  Researchers from the Center for Strategic & International Studies detailed a report on a  Russian-based misinformation operations campaign that used fake social media accounts across multiple platforms, at times impersonating real individuals who were politically active in their home…
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