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Enigmatic cyber espionage campaign revives source code from old foe APT1

A newly discovered cyber espionage campaign targeting South Korea, the U.S. and Canada features malware that reuses old source code associated with the seemingly dormant or disbanded APT1 threat group. The findings raise the possibility that the reputed Chinese threat actor has resumed operations, especially because its source code was never released to the public, according to…

Report: Spammers, not nation-state actors, suspected in Facebook breach

Facebook now suspects it was criminal scam artists and not nation-state actors who compromised tens of millions of accounts in a major data breach that was discovered last month, according to the Wall Street Journal. Citing individuals familiar with the breach investigation, the WSJ reported yesterday that Facebook believes the culprits are known social media…

Clandestine ‘GreyEnergy’ APT group spawned from BlackEnergy, NotPetya actors

Researchers from ESET yesterday exposed a previously undisclosed threat group that descended from TeleBots, the APT group known for launching the BlackEnergy trojan and NotPetya attacks against Ukraine in recent years. Dubbed GreyEnergy, the actor is comparable to the BlackEnergy group (which later changed strategies and became known as TeleBots or Sandworm) in that it…

Cat got your internet? Ecuador tells Assange to look after kitty, stop meddling in foreign affairs

It might sound more like a parent scolding his or her child, but reportedly Ecuador recently issued a memo to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ordering him to mind his manners as a condition for getting his severed internet connection restored. According to an AP report, the memo instructs Assange, a fugitive who continues to seek…

New York CISO: State committed to helping its local municipalities bolster cyber defenses

There are 62 counties in New York State, and nearly 1,000 cities and towns within them. Many lack adequate resources to devote to cybersecurity, but New York is committed to making sure these local municipalities are nevertheless protected against digital threats, according to the state’s CISO Deborah Snyder, speaking today at a conference. In a panel…

‘Flash update’ scam serves up legit software, but with a side of cryptominer

An unusually deceptive “Flash update” scam that installs unwanted programs on infected machines has been attempting to feign legitimacy by displaying pop-up notifications borrowed from the official Adobe installer, as well as by actually installing the latest version of Flash. A malicious Flash installer using this combination tricks in order to appear credible is “unprecedented…

ACLU seeks Mass. police’s browsing history after tweet reveals possible monitoring of activist groups

The ACLU on Tuesday announced that it officially filed a public records request seeking the bookmarks and browsing histories of every computer at the Commonwealth Fusion Center of Massachusetts, after a seemingly innocuous tweet sent by the state police last month may have inadvertently revealed recent intelligence gathering activities. Sent on Sept. 13, 2018 by the Fusion…

Researchers: Backdoor malware connects NotPetya culprits to Industroyer attack against Ukraine’s grid

Researchers are pointing to a recently discovered malicious backdoor as a key piece of evidence that apparently links the actors who launched the 2017 NotPetya ransomware attacks with the malicious hackers who disrupted Ukraine’s power grid the year before. The finding potentially helps to confirm ongoing suspicions among cyber experts that these notorious cyber incidents…

CIO: Strayer U’s cybersecurity investments enable digital innovation for students, faculty

The higher learning institution Strayer University is giving its students, faculty and employees an education in cybersecurity, with investments in identity and access technology (IAM), risk management assessments, and anti-phishing training. These initiatives have given the university a secure foundation upon which to introduce numerous innovative digital offerings to its student body, according to Sabrina…

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