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The pro-Russia hacktivist group known as NoName057(16) has recently started new attacks against organizations and businesses across Poland, Lithuania and other countries. Most recently, the group began targeting the websites of the Czech presidential election candidates. According to SentinelOne, who discovered the new campaigns, the group conducted these campaigns by using public Telegram channels, a distributed
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Jan 14, 2023Ravie LakshmananPrivacy / Online Safety Popular short-form video hosting service TikTok has been fined €5 million (about $5.4 million) by the French data protection watchdog for breaking cookie consent rules, making it the latest platform to face similar penalties after Amazon, Google, Meta, and Microsoft since 2020. “Users of ‘tiktok[.]com’ could not refuse
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The Guardian has confirmed that threat actors stole the personal data of UK staff members during the ransomware attack that affected its systems on December 20, 2022. The updates come from The Guardian Media Group’s chief executive, Anna Bateson, and The Guardian‘s editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner, who emailed staff members on Wednesday. The executives have described
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ESET Research announces IPyIDA 2.0, a Python plugin integrating IPython and Jupyter Notebook into IDA IDA Pro from Hex-Rays is probably the most popular tool today for reverse-engineering software. For ESET researchers, this tool is a favorite disassembler and has inspired the development of the IPyIDA plugin that embeds an IPython kernel into IDA Pro. Under
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Jan 12, 2023Ravie LakshmananActive Directory / Malware A recent IcedID malware attack enabled the threat actor to compromise the Active Directory domain of an unnamed target less than 24 hours after gaining initial access, while also borrowing techniques from other groups like Conti to meet its goals. “Throughout the attack, the attacker followed a routine
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A new advanced persistent threat (APT) group dubbed ‘Dark Pink’ by Group-IB (and ‘Saaiwc Group’ by Chinese cybersecurity researchers) has been spotted targeting various entities across Asia-Pacific and Europe, mainly with spear phishing techniques. According to a new advisory published by Group-IB earlier today, Dark Pink began operations as early as mid-2021, although the group’s
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Jan 12, 2023Ravie LakshmananServer Security / Linux Malicious actors are actively attempting to exploit a recently patched critical vulnerability in Control Web Panel (CWP) that enables elevated privileges and unauthenticated remote code execution (RCE) on susceptible servers. Tracked as CVE-2022-44877 (CVSS score: 9.8), the bug impacts all versions of the software before 0.9.8.1147 and was
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The US Supreme Court gave the green light on Monday for WhatsApp to pursue a lawsuit against NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance company, for installing the Pegasus spyware on roughly 1400 devices where WhatsApp was also installed. More specifically, the court has ruled that WhatsApp is allowed to sue for damages ensued by the malicious installation
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ESET researchers identified an active StrongPity campaign distributing a trojanized version of the Android Telegram app, presented as the Shagle app – a video-chat service that has no app version ESET researchers identified an active campaign that we have attributed to the StrongPity APT group. Active since November 2021, the campaign has distributed a malicious
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The South African threat actors known as “Automated Libra” have been improving their techniques to exploit cloud platform resources for cryptocurrency mining. According to Palo Alto Networks Unit 42, the threat actors have used a new Captcha-solving system alongside a more aggressive use of CPU resources for mining and the mix of “freejacking” with the
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Jan 09, 2023Ravie LakshmananKubernetes / Cryptojacking The threat actors behind the Kinsing cryptojacking operation have been spotted exploiting misconfigured and exposed PostgreSQL servers to obtain initial access to Kubernetes environments. A second initial access vector technique entails the use of vulnerable images, Sunders Bruskin, security researcher at Microsoft Defender for Cloud, said in a report
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As technology weaves itself into our lives in new and unexpected ways, some of it will get quite personal and close to home. That made itself clear at CES this year, which makes a strong case for your security.  The more things we connect, the more data we create. Data about ourselves that companies and
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US-based health and human services organization Maternal & Family Health Services (MFHS) has reported being hit by a ransomware attack. The non-profit made the announcement on Thursday, saying its systems were compromised between August 21, 2021, and April 4, 2022. An investigation launched in April last year revealed the attack may have exposed sensitive information
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Jan 09, 2023Ravie LakshmananSupply Chain / CodeSec A new attack vector targeting the Visual Studio Code extensions marketplace could be leveraged to upload rogue extensions masquerading as their legitimate counterparts with the goal of mounting supply chain attacks. The technique “could act as an entry point for an attack on many organizations,” Aqua security researcher
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Ongoing hacking campaigns orchestrated by the threat actor group Blind Eagle (also known as APT-C-36) have been spotted targeting individuals across South America. Security experts from Check Point Research (CPR) unveiled the findings in a new advisory published on Thursday, describing a novel infection chain involving an advanced toolset. “For the last few months, we have
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Jan 08, 2023Ravie LakshmananCyberespionage / Threat Analysis The Russian cyberespionage group known as Turla has been observed piggybacking on attack infrastructure used by a decade-old malware to deliver its own reconnaissance and backdoor tools to targets in Ukraine. Google-owned Mandiant, which is tracking the operation under the uncategorized cluster moniker UNC4210, said the hijacked servers
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It’s been a particularly busy and colourful week, scam-wise in our household. Between 4 family members, we’ve received almost 20 texts or emails that we’ve identified as scams. And the range was vast: from poorly written emails offering ‘must have’ shopping deals to terse text messages reprimanding us for overdue tolls plus the classic ‘Dear
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Meta’s instant messaging subsidiary WhatsApp has officially introduced proxy support, reportedly to tackle internet disruption tactics used by repressive governments. The company made the announcement in a blog post on Thursday, saying the new feature is designed to put the power into people’s hands to maintain access to WhatsApp if their connection is blocked or
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by Paul Ducklin There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle in the technology media over the past few days about whether the venerable public-key cryptosystem known as RSA might soon be crackable. RSA, as you probably know, is short for Rivest-Shamir-Adleman, the three cryptographers who devised what turned into an astonishingly useful and long-lived encryption
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Jan 06, 2023Ravie LakshmananCryptocurrency / GitHub A South Africa-based threat actor known as Automated Libra has been observed employing CAPTCHA bypass techniques to create GitHub accounts in a programmatic fashion as part of a freejacking campaign dubbed PURPLEURCHIN. The group “primarily targets cloud platforms offering limited-time trials of cloud resources in order to perform their