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Nefilim gang leaks files stolen from Dussmann Group subsidiary

By now, it’s a familiar refrain, ransomware operators publishing documents after pinching them from a vulnerable company – this time the victim was a subsidiary of Germany’s Dussmann Group, a sprawling multiservice provider, and the attacker, Nefilim’s operators. The ransomware gang pinched files, including AutoCAD drawings, Word documents and accounting docs from refrigerator specialist  Dresdner…

Avon attackers may have exploited unprotected web server

An openly accessible web server has emerged as a possible attack vector used by cybercriminals in a reported ransomware incident that affected personal care and beauty marketer Avon Products last June. Researchers from Safety Detectives today announced its discovery of a U.S.-based Avon.com server that was not defended by a password, leaving it accessible to…

Dave ShinyHunters hack exposes 7.5 million user records

Overdraft protection and cash advance service Dave suffered a data breach that appeared to involve the practices of a former third-party vendor, resulting in its database containing 7.5 million user records being sold at auction and then released later for free on hacker forums. The stolen information, which appeared to be taken by hacking group…

Garmin expects delays after WastedLocker ransomware attack

Garmin expects its operations to be back up in the next few days, with some delays, after suffering a targeted WastedLocker ransomware attack that reinforced that the best cybersecurity strategy is to prepare for the worst. The smart watch/wearable tech firm admitted on its website the attack encrypted some of its systems on July 23,…

SEI Investments customer data exposed in ransomware attack on vendor

A May ransomware attack on M.J. Brunner Inc. exposed data pertaining to clients of SEI Investments Co., among them money managers like Pacific Investment Management Co. (Pimco), Fortress Investment Group LLC and Centerbridge Partners. SEI Investments said in a statement that the attack was not the result of any flaw in its network. Instead, the…

Dacls RAT’s goals are to steal customer data and spread ransomware

The Dacls remote access trojan that is capable of attacking Windows, Linux and macOS environments has been used to distribute VHD ransomware and to target customer databases for attempted exfiltration, according to researchers. Kaspersky on Wednesday revealed this latest intel on Dacls in a company blog post and corresponding press release that also detailed an…

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Conti ransomware encrypts files quicker, targets SMB network shares

As Ryuk wanes, a new family of ransomware dubbed Conti, which mimicks many of Ryuk’s commands but sports some unique features that differentiates it from others, is on the rise. “Conti uses a large number of independent threads to perform encryption, allowing up to 32 simultaneous encryption efforts, resulting in faster encryption compared to many other families,”…

Hidden purpose of Mac ‘ransomware’ EvilQuest is data exfiltration, say researchers

Researchers have developed a decryption tool for the recently discovered EvilQuest ransomware program designed to target Mac machines. But several analysts now concur that EvilQuest’s malicious encryption may be more of a decoy, while the program’s true purpose appears to be data exfiltration. In a new blog post this week, Thomas Reed, director of Mac…

MongoDB hacker threatens to report breach to GDPR

A hacker that uploaded ransom notes on nearly 23,000 MongoDB databases left exposed online without passwords has given his potential victims until tomorrow to pay a $140 ransom, or possibly report the breach to local GDPR authorities. According to recent ZDNet story, the hacker used an automated script to scan for misconfigured MongoDB databases, effectively…

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