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Reputed Vietnamese APT group hacks BMW, Hyundai: report

The reputed Vietnamese APT group OceanLotus is believed responsible for recently hacking into the networks of German car manufacturer BMW, as well as South Korea’s Hyundai, presumably to spy on their automotive trade secrets. German broadcaster Bayerricscher Rundfunk, which broke the story, reported (in an article translated into English) that BMW caught the intrusion early…

APT33 sics small, elusive botnets on U.S. and global targets

Reputed Iranian threat actor APT33 has been employing more than a dozen secret botnets to infiltrate and spy on the networks of various Middle Eastern, U.S. and Asian organizations, and are even setting up their own VPN networks to conceal their operations, according to researchers. Trend Micro described these findings in a blog post this…

‘Kardashian jokes and then a really racist tweet’: How Russian social media trolls suckered in Americans

Camille Francois remembers the day she learned that the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was granting her the extraordinary opportunity to research the extent of Russia’s influence operations during 2016 presidential election campaign. SC Podcast “Our CEO [John Kelly]… said, ‘Hey Cam, what would you say if we had access to the actual data…

We interviewed cyber experts on a Vegas ferris wheel. Then ride security showed up…

In the film “Ocean’s 11,” Danny Ocean and his team of expert cybercriminals execute a daring casino heist in glitzy Las Vegas. This past summer at the Black Hat and DEF CON conferences in Sin City, the editorial staff at SC Media attempted to pull off a less ambitious – and decidedly more legal –…

Officials preparing for cyber attacks, scams as Olympics nears

Microsoft: Russia again hacks anti-doping and sports agencies

Facing possible exclusion from the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and other major athletic events, Russia once again has been attempting to hack anti-doping agencies and sports organizations, Microsoft reported yesterday. In attacks that started on Sept. 16, the reputed Russian APT Fancy Bear targeted at least 16 national and international sports organizations across three…

Avast’s network penetrated, CCleaner targeted again

The Czech-based security firm Avast reported its internal network had been accessed through a temporary and loosely protected VPN profile with compromised credentials . The incident began on September 23 when the company noted suspicious behavior taking place on its network and started an investigation that included Czech national intelligence and cybersecurity assets. It was…

CozyDuke APT group believed to have targeted White House and State Department

APT 29/The Dukes back in business

The threat group APT 29 has apparently returned to action with ESET uncovering three new malware families it is attributing to the cybergang. Apt 29/The Dukes is best known as being the primary suspect behind the Democratic National Committee breach during the runup to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but the group had remained quiet…

New 'Rombertik' malware destroys master boot record if analysis function detected

Major software vendor compromised with previously undocumented PortReuse backdoor

A thorough investigation into reputed Chinese APT actor Winnti Group turned up a previously undocumented backdoor that was used to compromise a popular Asian mobile hardware and software vendor — perhaps as a prelude to launching a major supply chain attack against its users. Dubbed PortReuse, the modular malware is a passive network implant that…

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New ‘Reductor’ malware compromises machines’ encrypted TLS traffic

Cyber espionage actors have developed a malware that can mark victims’ TLS-encrypted outbound traffic with identifiers so it can be compromised and potentially decoded later. Dubbed Reductor, the malware appears to share similar code to the COMpfun trojan, which was first documented in 2014 and is closely associated with suspected Russian APT group Turla, aka…

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