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U.S. indicts four Chinese military members over Equifax breach

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged four members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army with nine criminal counts, accusing them of orchestrating and carrying out the 2017 hack of credit reporting agency Equifax. An indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Atlanta and unveiled today by the DOJ alleges that Beijing residents Wu…

Report: United Nations withheld news of systems hack in European offices

Officials at the United Nations reportedly discovered last August that hackers had compromised its IT systems in Geneva and Vienna last summer, but the cyber espionage attack remained undisclosed until it was revealed on Wednesday in an exposé by The New Humanitarian (TNH). TNH, which once operated under the auspices of the UN Office for…

Mitsubishi Electric discloses June 2019 breach; Tick hacking group reportedly blamed

Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric has acknowledged its discovery last June of a data breach perpetrated by an unauthorized third party that accessed both personal employee information and corporate materials. The public disclosure came amid multiple English and Japanese news sources publishing details on the incident [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], which experts believe may be…

Report: FBI issues alert after two municipalities hacked via SharePoint

The FBI this month reportedly issued an alert to its private industry partners, warning that a probable nation-state hacking group had recently compromised the networks of two U.S. municipalities via unpatched, vulnerable Microsoft SharePoint servers. According to the report, from ZDNet, the flaw the hackers reportedly abused was CVE-2019-0604, a remote code execution bug caused by…

APT40 hacking group linked to 13 alleged front companies in Hainan, China

The mysterious research group Intrusion Truth has unleashed a new series of reports claiming that 13 businesses based in the southern island province of Hainan, China are collectively a front for reputed Chinese state-sponsored hacking group APT40. The alleged front companies all purport to be science and technology businesses seeking to hire pen testers, software development…

Bahraini oil company reportedly attacked by new ‘Dustman’ disk wiper

Bapco, the national oil company of the Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain, was reportedly targeted in a Dec. 29 disk wiper attack that officials believe originated from Iran-backed hackers. Iran is historically associated with past disk wiper campaigns against energy companies, most notably the destructive Shamoon or Disttrack malware attack against the Saudi Arabian…

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…

Law enforcement delivers knockout blow to Imminent Monitor RAT network

International law enforcement officials late last week announced a crackdown on a cybercriminal network responsible for the proliferation of the Imminent Monitor Remote Access Trojan (IM-RAT). The coordinated operation, executed by authorities based in Australia, Europe and Colombia, resulted in the takedown of IM-RAT web page and infrastructure, and the arrest of 13 people. Additionally,…

The car hacking talks will cover findings involving controller area networks (CAN) and automobiles.

Cyberattackers taking auto industry for a ride, FBI reportedly warns

Malicious attackers have notably stepped up attacks on the U.S. auto industry since late year, hitting car manufacturers with ransomware, compromising their systems, and exfiltrating their data, the FBI reportedly warned this week. CNN on Wednesday reported that the FBI alert came in the form of a private bulletin sent to a select group of…

‘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…

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