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‘Cannon’ downloader tool added to Fancy Bear’s APT arsenal

A new cyber espionage campaign from the Russian APT group Fancy Bear has added some firepower in the form of a new malicious first-stage downloader tool called Cannon. Cannon diverges from Fancy Bear’s (aka Sofacy, APT28) usual downloader trojan, Zebrocy, in that it leverages email protocols for C2 communication as opposed to HTTP or HTTPS.…

Adobe patches critical type confusion bug in Flash Player

Adobe Systems today released an out-of-band security update that fixes a critical type confusion vulnerability in Flash Player, which if exploited could lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user. Designated CVE-2018-15981, the bug was found in versions 31.0.0.148 and earlier of Flash Player Desktop Runtime, Flash Player for Google Chrome…

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Cozy Bear tracks: Phishing campaign looks like work of Russian APT group

Recently detected spear phishing activity suggests that the Russian APT group Cozy Bear may have emerged from its hibernation and become officially operative once more. Last last week, respected cybersecurity firms CrowdStrike and FireEye both issued warnings referencing a widespread phishing campaign targeting multiple industry sectors, while implementing the tactics, techniques and procedures of Cozy…

Make-A-Wish website compromised for cryptomining campaign

Not even the Make-A-Wish Foundation is off limits for some unscrupulous cybercriminals, as evidenced by a cryptojacking operation that compromised the charitable organization’s international website. Simon Kenin, security researcher at Trustwave, reported in a company blog post today that malicious actors injected a CoinImp browser-based cryptomining script that would harness the processing power of any…

Privilege escalation bug patched in Accelerated Mobile Pages WordPress plug-in

A WordPress plug-in used to build faster-loading web pages was discovered to contain a privilege escalation vulnerability that allows unauthorized attackers to inject malicious HTML code into the main page. In a company blog post yesterday, researchers at WebARX disclosed the bug, which resides in the “MP for WP – Accelerated Mobile Pages” plug-in. The…

Change of stRATegy? Cybercrime group TA505 tests new tRAT malware

A newly discovered remote access trojan nicknamed tRAT has apparently attracted the interest of TA505, a cybercriminal group known for launching prolific banking malware and ransomware attacks. In a company blog post yesterday, researchers at Proofpoint reported observing  several phishing campaigns in September and October that attempted to infect victims with the malware. One of…

Report reveals struggles of SMBs navigating cyber threat landscape

A recent survey of just over 1,000 small- and medium-sized businesses found that 58 percent of respondents experienced a data breach in the previous 12 months, according to a new SMB cybersecurity research report from Keeper Security and the Ponemon Institute. An even larger number, 67 percent, said they experienced at least one form of cyberattack,…

IT pros dubious of government officials’ cyber knowledge

A newly released survey of 515 IT security professionals is giving government officials a no-confidence vote in terms of their ability to understand digital threats, practice cyber hygiene and legislate encryption policies. Conducted during last August’s 2018 Black Hat cybersecurity conference by researchers at Venafi, the survey found that 63 percent of respondents believe government…

‘DarkGate’ miner, password-stealer could open up world of hurt for Windows users

Windows users in Europe have recently been the target of a sophisticated malware campaign that provides attackers with a diverse array of capabilities, including cryptomining, credential stealing, ransomware and remote-access takeovers. Named DarkGate by its developer, the malware is reportedly distributed via Torrent files disguised as popular entertainment offerings — including the Spanish basketball dramedy…

Suspected Chinese TEMP.Periscope phishing campaign adopts Russian APT techniques

The Chinese threat actor TEMP.Periscope is being blamed for a phishing-based malware campaign last July against a U.K.-based engineering company, only researchers say the perpetrators exhibited Russian APT techniques to carry out their mission. A company blog post from Recorded Future’s Insikt Group division reports that the attackers used known, published tactics from reputed Russian…

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