Archive for the ‘cybercrime/malcode’ category

Nov 14, 2019

This unusual new ransomware is going after servers

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PureLocker ransomware appears to have links to some of the most prolific cyber-criminal operations active in the world today.

Nov 11, 2019

New Platform Aims To Help Protect Power Grid From Cyber Threats

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Fortress Information Security and AEP launched the Asset to Vendor (A2V) Network to help electric utility providers collaborate for more effective cybersecurity.

Nov 10, 2019

Google‘’s cybersecurity project ‘’Chronicle‘’ imploding

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San Francisco, Nov 10 (IANS) Google’’s cybersecurity project named “Chronicle” is imploding in trouble and some employees feel its management “abandoned and betrayed” the original vision, media reports said.

Chronicle’’s CEO and Chief Security Officer have already left and the Chief Technology Officer is leaving later this month while other key officials are eyeing an exit, according to the Motherboard.

In June this year, Chronicle lost its status as an independent entity when it formally joined Google to become part of its Cloud security offerings.

Nov 10, 2019

Major ASP.NET hosting provider infected

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SmarterASP.NET, a company with more than 440,000 customers, said it’s been hit by ransomware over the weekend.

Nov 7, 2019

Newly Discovered Android Malware Can Survive A Factory Reset

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Malware on our smartphones isn’t new, and while there are ways to remove them, in some instances where it is particularly severe, the only way to deal with malware would be to factory reset your phone back to the way it was when it was new. Unfortunately, it seems that there is a new Android malware making its rounds that makes it impossible to remove, even with a factory reset.

Dubbed xHelper, this malware isn’t so much about stealing your phone’s information or sensitive details, but rather, it is designed to continuously serve up popup ads, in which presumably that is how its creators are making money off it. There is one particularly dangerous feature of the malware, which according to ZDNet, would see the malware download and install apps on your behalf.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, as we said, the malware cannot be uninstalled or removed even if you factory reset your phone. According to security companies like Symantec and Malwarebytes, they believe that the reason why this app is so persistent is because of a system app that might have been compromised.

Nov 6, 2019

Kaspersky identifies mysterious APT mentioned in 2017 Shadow Brokers leak

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The NSA had superior insight into foreign nation-state hacking operations than many cyber-security vendors.

Nov 6, 2019

Tipped off by an NSA breach, researchers discover new APT hacking group

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DarkUniverse went undetected for at least 8 years. The NSA finally outed it.

Nov 4, 2019

Russia just brought in a law to try to disconnect its internet from the rest of the world

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It’s been called an online Iron Curtain.

On Friday, a controversial law went into force that enables Russia to try to disconnect its internet from the rest of the world, worrying critics who fear the measure will promote online censorship.

The Kremlin says its “sovereign internet” law, which was signed by President Vladimir Putin in May, is a security measure to protect Russia in the event of an emergency or foreign threat like a cyberattack. The law will allow Moscow to tighten control over the country’s internet by routing web traffic through state-controlled infrastructure and creating a national system of domain names.

Nov 4, 2019

Ransomware Attacks Hit Everis and Spain’s Largest Radio Network

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Everis, an NTT DATA company and one of Spain’s largest managed service providers (MSP), had its computer systems encrypted today in a ransomware attack, just as it happened to Spain’s largest radio station Cadena SER (Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión).

While the ransomware attacks were not yet publicly acknowledged by the company, the ransom note left on Everis’ encrypted computers has already leaked and BleepingComputer can confirm that the MSP’s data was infected using the BitPaymer ransomware.

Nov 4, 2019

The First BlueKeep Mass Hacking Is Finally Here—but Don’t Panic

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After months of warnings, the first successful attack using Microsoft’s BlueKeep vulnerability has arrived—but isn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.

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