Identity and access, Remote access, Threat intelligence, Vulnerability management

Elite Hackers, HerpaDerps, Unskilled Hackers, & CyberWarfare – PSW #729

In the Security News for this week: Unskilled hacker linked to years of attacks on aviation, transport sectors, The Elite Hackers of the FSB, Bionic Eyes Go Dark, Herpaderping, & more!

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Josh Marpet
Josh Marpet
Executive Director at RM-ISAO
Lee Neely
Lee Neely
Information Assurance APL at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  1. 1. New Sandworm Malware Cyclops Blink Replaces VPNFilter - The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre, CISA, the National Security Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) reporting that the malicious cyber actor known as Sandworm or Voodoo Bear is using new malware, referred to as Cyclops Blink. Cyclops Blink appears to be a replacement framework for the VPNFilter malware exposed in 2018, which exploited network devices, primarily small office/home office routers and network-attached storage devices.
  2. 2. Expeditors shuts down global operations after likely ransomware attack - Seattle-based logistics and freight forwarding company Expeditors International has been targeted in a cyber attack over the weekend that forced the organization forcing it to shut down the majority of its worldwide operations. Downtime notice:
  3. 3. CISA Launches New Catalog of Free Public and Private Sector Cybersecurity Services - CISA has published a catalog of free public and private sector cybersecurity services. The Free Cybersecurity Services and Tools webpage “includes cybersecurity services provided by CISA, widely used open source tools, and free tools and services offered by private and public sector organizations across the cybersecurity community.” CISA plans to include additional tools and services in the future. Services and tools page:
  4. 4. CISA Warns Critical Infrastructure Organizations of Foreign Influence Operations - The CISA has issued new guidance to critical infrastructure organizations about how to adequately prepare for and address foreign influence operations that use misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation (MDM) as well as other tactics in order to undermine the security of the U.S. and its allies. CISA Guidance:
  5. 5. Port of LA’s new Cyber Resilience Center aims to bolster physical and digital supply chain defenses - The Port of Los Angeles has reportedly established a new "Cyber Resilience Center" that will create an automated, portwide "community cyber defense solution" intended to combat increasing threats to the physical and digital supply chains. According to reports, the center will include some 20 stakeholders that include terminal operators, shipping lines, and truck and rail freight companies.
  6. 6. FBI: Cybercriminals Using Virtual Meeting Platforms to Wage BEC Attacks - The FBI warned today that some business email compromise (BEC) scammers have moved their attack vectors to virtual meeting platforms, where they dupe employees into transferring money to them by posing as the CEO or CFO of the victim organization.
  7. 7. Unskilled hacker linked to years of attacks on aviation, transport sectors - A low-skilled hacking group tracked as "TA2541" that is believed to be operating out of Nigeria has been targeting firms operating in the aviation, aerospace, defense industries, transportation, and manufacturing sectors since 2017 leveraging off-the-shelf malware that is delivered via malicious Word documents.
Tyler Robinson
Tyler Robinson
Director of Offensive Security & Research at Trimarc Security, Founder & CEO at Dark Element
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