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Phishing campaign targeted subscribers to Tibetan Government-in-Exile’s mailing list

Subscribers to a Tibetan Government-in-Exile mailing list were targeted in a recent email-based phishing campaign designed to infect them with a remote access trojan. Dubbed ExileRAT, the trojan is capable of gathering system information, retrieving and pushing files, and executing and ending various processes, according to a blog post from Cisco Systems’ Talos division, whose…
Syrian Electronic Army claims it obtained U.S. Central Command docs via hack
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Researchers: Syrian Electronic Army targeting secure messaging app users with spyware

The Syrian Electronic Army hacker group has reportedly been investing heavily in a scheme to infect Android device users with a spyware tool hidden inside fake app updates. Known for its ardent support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the threat group is targeting in particular  users of secure messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram. The SEA is…
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Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

FBI swats down massive, botnet-fueled ad fraud operation

With a heavy assist from private-sector cybersecurity and tech organizations, the FBI has dismantled a highly complex fraud network responsible for generating billions upon billions of fake online ad placements. In conjunction with the takedown, the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday announced a 13-count indictment filed against eight individuals, each a resident of either Russia,…
Cybercrime, Security News

Researchers link XLoader and FakeSpy malware families to Yanbian Gang

Trend Micro researchers believe they have spotted a connection between the XLoader and FakeSpy malware families along with possible ties to the Yanbian Gang. Researchers suspect both malware types are either being operated by the same threat group or that their operators are affiliated with each other as each malware family uses similar code to…
DefCon: You cannot 'cyberhijack' an airplane, but you can still create mischief
Cybercrime, Security News

Bots on a plane? Bad bots cause unique cybersecurity issues for airlines

While bots are a common tool of cybercriminals for carrying out DDoS attacks and mining cryptocurrencies, a recent report found they may also be indirectly increasing the price of your airline tickets. Distil Research Lab’s Threat report, “How Bots Affect Airlines,” found the airline industry has unique cybersecurity challenges when dealing with bad bots, which…
Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

‘Outlaw’ threat actor uses Shellbot variant to form new botnet

An unknown threat actor has been targeting organizations with botnet malware that communicates with its command-and-control server via the Internet Relay Chat application layer protocol. Nicknamed Outlaw, the hacking group developed the botnet as a Perl language-based variant of Shellbot, according to a Nov. 1 blog post from Trend Micro, whose researchers uncovered the threat. Shellbot is…
Cybercrime, Security News

Scammers are swarming around popular Fortnite game, researchers warn

Wherever gamers go, scammers will follow — and that especially goes for the immensely popular survival and battle royale game Fortnite. Indeed, researchers at social media and digital protection company ZeroFOX reported yesterday that they generated 53,000 alerts related to Fortnite scams in one month alone, from early September to early October. Many of these scams falsely…
malvertising targets hundreds of adult sites
Cybercrime, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Federal employee infects gov’t network with Russian malware through adult video websites

An employee at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) infected his agency’s network with Russian malware delivered via adult websites. The Office of Inspector General initiated an investigation into suspicious internet traffic at the agency’s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center satellite imaging facility in Sioux Falls, SD when they found an employee visited some…
Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

‘Narwhal Spider’ group’s spam campaign targets Japanese recipients with URLZone malware

A newly discovered spam campaign powered by version two of the well-known Cutwail botnet has been found targeting Japanese users in an attempt to infect them with the URLZone (aka Bebloh) banking trojan. In a company blog post yesterday, Crowdstrike researchers Sebastian Eschweiler, Brett Stone-Gross and Bex Hartley note that the operation leverages the art of…
Cybercrime, Security News

Android Apps claim to mine unminable cryptocurrency, just show ads

Android apps claiming to mine unminable cryptocurrencies have made their way into the Google Play store in an attempt to serve ads. Fortinet researchers discovered the malicious apps when they noticed apps claiming to mine currencies including Ripple (XRP), Cardano (ADA) and Tether(USDT) all of which aren’t obtained by cryptomining. Similar apps have been reported…
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