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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…
Coronavirus

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, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Sale of Dharma ransomware source code draws hackers’ scrutiny, but the price is right

An unidentified party has reportedly placed the source code for Dharma ransomware up for sale on at least two Russian hacker forums, adding a formidable new competitor to an already crowded underground market. And while cybercriminals have met the offer with some healthy skepticism, the bargain-basement selling price of $2,000 may be alluring enough for…
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…
Cybercrime, Legal, Malware, Security News

Necurs botnet operation dismantled; millions of malicious domains disabled

A coalition of security-minded organizations led by Microsoft struck a major blow against the mighty Necurs botnet — one of the largest in world — dismantling its infrastructure in a global takedown. Empowered by a court order, Microsoft not only took control of the Necurs operators’ web domains, but it blocked an additional 6 million…
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CrowdStrike report: In a first, majority of attacks in 2019 were malware-free (video)

CrowdStrike on Tuesday released its annual Global Threat Report, and for the first time ever, the number of malware-free attacks that the company observed over the previous year exceeded actual malware-based attacks. The cybersecurity firm, which won Best Security Company at the 2020 SC Awards last week during the RSA Conference, reports that 51 percent…
Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

TA505 phishing campaign uses HTML redirectors to spread info stealer

The cybercriminal group TA505 has reportedly changed up its tactics again, now engaging in phishing campaigns that leverage attachments with HTML redirectors in order to deliver Excel documents containing malware. Following a short period of inactivity, the group, resumed activities last month with a scheme designed to get victims to install the information-stealing Trojan GraceWire,…
Cybercrime, Health Care, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Dread Zeppelin: Ransomware targets health care and IT sectors in U.S., Europe

Cybercriminals have spun off a ransomware that was originally known to target Russian organizations into a new malicious encryptor used in targeted campaigns against strategically selected health care and IT companies in America and Europe. Dubbed Zeppelin, the new ransomware is a descendant of VegaLocker, a Delphi-based Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) offering that was discovered in early…
Cybercrime, Finance, Legal, Malware, Security News

U.S. charges alleged members of “Evil Corp” cybercrime group for Zeus and Dridex campaigns

The U.S. today announced legal and regulatory action against the powerhouse cybercriminal group Evil Corp, filing hacking and bank fraud charges against two of its suspected members. Authorities are also offering a $5 million bounty for information leading to the arrest or conviction of one of the group’s alleged masterminds, 32-year-old Maksim Yakubets of Moscow,…
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