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Travelex recovering from ransomware, but more firms at risk of VPN exploit

Beleaguered foreign currency exchange company Travelex confirmed on Friday that the first of its U.K.-based customer-facing systems were back up and running after the New Year’s Eve discovery of Sodinokibi ransomware on its network prompted a shutdown of key systems. Meanwhile, a worrisome report revealed that dozens of major U.S. organizations and businesses have also failed…

Report: FBI issues alert after two municipalities hacked via SharePoint

The FBI this month reportedly issued an alert to its private industry partners, warning that a probable nation-state hacking group had recently compromised the networks of two U.S. municipalities via unpatched, vulnerable Microsoft SharePoint servers. According to the report, from ZDNet, the flaw the hackers reportedly abused was CVE-2019-0604, a remote code execution bug caused by…

The first half of 2013 saw a 355 percent uptick in social spam. Facebook is a big target.

Renewed Emotet phishing activity targets UN, government and military users

Since resuming operations after a holiday hiatus, the malicious actors behind the Emotet banking trojan network have reportedly targeted at least 82 countries with spam and crafted a special phishing campaign targeting the United Nations. Meanwhile, an additional report has revealed an increase in Emotet phishing activity targeting government and military entities over the last…

Analysis of popular apps finds rampant sharing of personal data

An analysis of 10 highly popular Android apps found what researchers are calling the “out of control” sharing of potentially sensitive information with third parties, in some cases in likely violation of Europe’s GDPR privacy regulations. The findings, which were published in a report issued by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC), prompted a coalition of…

APT40 hacking group linked to 13 alleged front companies in Hainan, China

The mysterious research group Intrusion Truth has unleashed a new series of reports claiming that 13 businesses based in the southern island province of Hainan, China are collectively a front for reputed Chinese state-sponsored hacking group APT40. The alleged front companies all purport to be science and technology businesses seeking to hire pen testers, software development…

Nemty ransomware makers may be latest to adopt data leak strategy

Following in the footsteps of Maze and Sodinokibi, it appears the makers another malicious encryption program plans to adopt the tactic of publishing data that’s been exfiltrated from targets. According to a BleepingComputer report, Nemty ransomware developers posted on a news feed in its affiliate panel that it intends to create a website where they…

Cable Haunt RCE vulnerability exposes millions of modems to exploitation

Researchers have disclosed the discovery of a critical remote code execution vulnerability in millions of Broadcom cable modems, including about 200 million in Europe alone. Named Cable Haunt, the flaw consists of a combination of “lack of proper authorization of the web-socket client, default credentials and a programming error in the spectrum analyzer” component of…

Bahraini oil company reportedly attacked by new ‘Dustman’ disk wiper

Bapco, the national oil company of the Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain, was reportedly targeted in a Dec. 29 disk wiper attack that officials believe originated from Iran-backed hackers. Iran is historically associated with past disk wiper campaigns against energy companies, most notably the destructive Shamoon or Disttrack malware attack against the Saudi Arabian…

Mozilla patches exploited zero-day flaw in Firefox

The Mozilla Foundation yesterday issued a security update for Firefox and Firefox Extended Support Release, which were found to contain an actively exploited, critical vulnerability in the IonMonkey JIT compiler. “Incorrect alias information in IonMonkey JIT compiler for setting array elements could lead to a type confusion,” reads an official advisory posted by Mozilla, citing…

Snake ransomware tries to slither its way into enterprise networks

Add yet another malicious encryption program to the expanding ranks of ransomware programs that target large enterprise networks in hopes of scoring big financial payoffs. The latest such threat is called Snake, a ransomware program written in the Go programming language, with an unusually high level of obfuscation. It was discovered by researchers at MalwareHunterTeam;…

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