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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…

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Renewed Emotet phishing activity targets UN, government and military users

Since resuming operations after a holiday hiatus, the malicious actors behind the Emotet banking trojan network have reportedly targeted at least 82 countries with spam and crafted a special phishing campaign targeting the United Nations. Meanwhile, an additional report has revealed an increase in Emotet phishing activity targeting government and military entities over the last…

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…

Nemty ransomware makers may be latest to adopt data leak strategy

Following in the footsteps of Maze and Sodinokibi, it appears the makers another malicious encryption program plans to adopt the tactic of publishing data that’s been exfiltrated from targets. According to a BleepingComputer report, Nemty ransomware developers posted on a news feed in its affiliate panel that it intends to create a website where they…

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…

Snake ransomware tries to slither its way into enterprise networks

Add yet another malicious encryption program to the expanding ranks of ransomware programs that target large enterprise networks in hopes of scoring big financial payoffs. The latest such threat is called Snake, a ransomware program written in the Go programming language, with an unusually high level of obfuscation. It was discovered by researchers at MalwareHunterTeam;…

Attackers distill essence of Mirai IoT botnet into LiquorBot malware

Researchers recently uncovered another descendant of the Mirai Internet of Things botnet, this one featuring Monero cryptocurrency mining capabilities. Dubbed LiquorBot, the botnet malware is written in Go programming language and seems to use the same command-and-control infrastructure as Mirai. Sometimes, attack campaigns have even paired both LiquorBot and Mirai together in malicious dropper scripts,…

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Sodinokibi ransomware ID’d as cause of Travelex business disruptions

The malware that has disrupted foreign exchange finance company Travelex’s ability to conduct digital transactions since New Year’s Eve has been identified as Sodinokibi ransomware. The malicious encryption software, which operates on a Ransomware-as-a-Service model, may have been delivered via unpatched, vulnerable Pulse Secure VPN servers and it is believed that the attackers are now…

New Magecart skimmers practice steganography, data transfer via WebSocket

A researcher has discovered a pair of new Magecart-style web skimmers, each one featuring an evasion technique that’s not typically employed by this breed of malware: steganography and the transfer a data via the WebSocket protocol. The researcher, who uses the handle @AffableKraut, posted his two findings on Twitter last month, prompting the team from…

Travelex sidelines online financial services following malware discovery

Foreign exchange financials company Travelex has suspended its UK-based digital services offline since New Year’s Eve, following the discovery of an undisclosed malware program. As of Jan. 3 at 11:30 a.m. ET, the London-based company remains unable to conduct monetary transactions via its website or app. Services are still being conducted manually, however. “We have…

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