APT News, Articles and Updates

Adobe issues critical patch after Flash zero-day bug actively exploited in Middle East

Adobe Systems today issued patches for four software vulnerabilities in Flash Player, including a zero-day flaw that attackers have been exploiting in the wild in targeted attacks against Windows users in the Middle East, possibly in Qatar.

RAT campaign targets Koreans with phishing lures featuring U.S.-North Korea summit

A remote access trojan that apparently went undiscovered for at least two years was found targeting Koreans in a spam campaign using the possible upcoming U.S.-North Korea nukes summit as a phishing lure.

Hacker with Russian intel ties pleads guilty to gmail hacks

23-year-old Canadian citizen Karim Baratov pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and identity theft in November.

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft mends RCE bug reportedly exploited by cyber espionage group

Microsoft Corporation's Patch Tuesday release today fixed 67 bugs, including two that have been actively exploited in zero-day attacks, and another two whose details became public.

Secret no more: North Korea the likely culprit in complex GhostSecret cyber espionage campaign

What began as an aggressive phishing-based malware campaign against Turkish financial institutions earlier this year appears to have since burgeoned into a worldwide cyberspying and data theft operation targeting a wide range of industry sectors with at least two malicious implants.

New Desert Scorpion spyware found in malicious chat app aimed at Palestinians

A malicious chat app that was advertised on Facebook and sold in the Google Play store was discovered to execute a previously undiscovered spyware program linked to APT-C-23, an advanced persistent threat group allegedly with ties to Hamas.

U.K. intel director discloses offensive cyber campaign against ISIS, lambastes Russia

In his first public speech, the U.K.'s GCHQ Director Jeremy Fleming acknowledged that the agency recently coordinated a major cyber offensive operation against ISIS, significantly crippling the terrorist group's ability to recruit and coordinate attacks online.

Justice was overdue: Indicted Iranian hackers phished targets using library account lures

The nine Iranian hackers who were indicted last Friday for allegedly exfiltrating 31 terabytes of research documents and credentials from academics, companies and government agencies phished many of their targets using lures intended to trick them into thinking their library accounts were cancelled.

Top Trump campaign officials urged Papadopoulos to meet with Russians

In an email sent in September 2016 Deputy Communications Director Bryan Lanza told Papadopoulos to do an interview with the news organization, the Washington Post reported.

Kaspersky research on Slingshot APT campaign reportedly exposes U.S. counterterrorism operation

A recently published Kaspersky Lab report that exposed a sophisticated, six-year cyber espionage campaign targeting the Middle East and Africa disrupted an active counterterrorism operation, according to an article this week by CyberScoop, citing current and former U.S. intelligence officials.

Russian hackers target European agency with updated DealersChoice Adobe Flash exploit tool

The aggressive Russian APT group Sofacy targeted yet another European government agency earlier this month, attempting to infect the organization with unknown malware using a crafty new variant of its Adobe Flash-based exploit platform DealersChoice.

MuddyWater APT campaign flowing again

The MuddyWater APT campaign appears to be rising to the surface again with researchers finding similarities between this older cyberespionage attack and a new one targeting Turkey, Pakistan and Tajikistan.

Slingshot APT campaign exposed after six years of sophisticated spying

A cyber espionage campaign bearing all of the hallmarks of an extremely advanced nation-state actor used malware to spy on international targets for six years before it was finally detected and exposed, Kaspersky Lab reported on Friday.

Avast: CCleaner hackers planned to infect victims with third-stage Chinese hacking tool

The hackers who injected malicious code into a version of computer maintenance app CCleaner last year may have been preparing to deliver third-stage malware to at least a select few of the 2.27 million computers that had downloaded the tainted utility program.

NSA chief hasn't been give the authority to battle Russian interference

Rogers told lawmakers that Russia has not been deterred from interfering in part because they haven't felt the consequences of their past actions.

North Korea's APT37 hacking group expands its reach and ups its game, warns researchers

Reputed North Korean APT group TEMP.Reaper, the alleged culprit behind a zero-day ROKRAT malware campaign leveraging Adobe Flash Player vulnerability CVE-2018-4878, has been expanding its global target list despite remaining largely under the radar, according to a new FireEye research report.

North Korea blamed for yet another cryptocurrency-focused phishing campaign

In other cryptocurrency news, attackers were discovered exploiting a recently patched Oracle flaw in order to secretly deploy a Monero cryptominer in organizations' WebLogic application servers.

DETER Act aimed at punishing Russia, other nation-states for election interference

The senators that introduced the bill said that election integrity is not a party issue.

Apparent Korean actor 'Group123' linked to six phishing campaigns, including 'Evil New Year' scam

Researchers have attributed six separate phishing campaigns targeting South Koreans in either 2017 or 2018 to a single threat actor called "Group123," including multiple operations designed to infect victims with the remote administration tool ROKRAT.