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A recent study conducted by the FortiGuard team has shed light on a sophisticated malware distribution strategy observed throughout 2023.  In a technical write-up published on Wednesday, the team identified a series of malware droppers dubbed the “TicTacToe dropper,” which were utilized to deliver various malicious payloads to victims.  These droppers, designed to obscure the final-stage
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Feb 15, 2024NewsroomMalware / Cyber Espionage The Russia-linked threat actor known as Turla has been observed using a new backdoor called TinyTurla-NG as part of a three-month-long campaign targeting Polish non-governmental organizations in December 2023. “TinyTurla-NG, just like TinyTurla, is a small ‘last chance’ backdoor that is left behind to be used when all other
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The Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) has recently unearthed a critical vulnerability, identified as CVE-2024-21412, which they’ve dubbed ZDI-CAN-23100.  The flaw was reported to Microsoft as part of a Microsoft Defender SmartScreen bypass utilized in a complex zero-day attack chain orchestrated by the APT group known as Water Hydra (AKA DarkCasino). Their targets were
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Feb 14, 2024NewsroomArtificial Intelligence / Cyber Attack Nation-state actors associated with Russia, North Korea, Iran, and China are experimenting with artificial intelligence (AI) and large language models (LLMs) to complement their ongoing cyber attack operations. The findings come from a report published by Microsoft in collaboration with OpenAI, both of which said they disrupted efforts
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Feb 13, 2024NewsroomCryptocurrency / Rootkit The Glupteba botnet has been found to incorporate a previously undocumented Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) bootkit feature, adding another layer of sophistication and stealth to the malware. “This bootkit can intervene and control the [operating system] boot process, enabling Glupteba to hide itself and create a stealthy persistence that
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An Islamic charitable non-profit organization based in Saudi Arabia has been the target of a prolonged cyber-espionage campaign. The campaign began in May 2023 and involved sophisticated tactics employed by an unidentified threat actor. According to a new advisory by cybersecurity firm Talos, the attackers, whose initial access vector remained undisclosed, used malware dubbed “Zardoor” to
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Feb 12, 2024NewsroomVulnerability / Data Recovery Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered an “implementation vulnerability” that has made it possible to reconstruct encryption keys and decrypt data locked by Rhysida ransomware. The findings were published last week by a group of researchers from Kookmin University and the Korea Internet and Security Agency (KISA). “Through a comprehensive analysis
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Linux developers have addressed a new security flaw discovered in Shim, a component crucial for the boot process in Linux-based systems.  This vulnerability poses a significant risk by allowing the installation of malware that operates at the firmware level (secure boot bypass), presenting challenges for detection and removal. Tracked as CVE-2023-40547, the flaw has been
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Video, Ransomware Called a “watershed year for ransomware”, 2023 marked a reversal from the decline in ransomware payments observed in the previous year 09 Feb 2024 Ransomware payments in 2023 reached a record-breaking $1.1 billion in 2023, according to an analysis by Chainalysis, a blockchain research firm. Calling 2023 a “watershed year for ransomware”, Chainalysis
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The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has introduced a ban on robocalls that contain voices generated by AI to protect US voters from spamming ahead of the November presidential election. Callers must obtain prior express consent from the called party before making a call that utilizes artificial or pre-recorded voice simulated or generated through AI
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Raspberry Robin, a malware initially identified in 2021, has demonstrated remarkable adaptability and sophistication in its recent operations, according to a new report.  The findings come from Check Point researchers, who published a new analysis on Wednesday revealing unique and innovative methods employed by the malware, including exploiting vulnerabilities to gain higher privileges. According to
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The U.S. government on Wednesday said the Chinese state-sponsored hacking group known as Volt Typhoon had been embedded into some critical infrastructure networks in the country for at least five years. Targets of the threat actor include communications, energy, transportation, and water and wastewater systems sectors in the U.S. and Guam. “Volt Typhoon’s choice of
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Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) infections were the biggest threat to organizations in the second half of 2023, according to a new Darktrace report. The 2023 End of Year Threat Report highlighted the cross-functional adaption of many of the malware strains. This includes malware loaders like remote access trojans (RATs) being combined with information-stealing malware. Through reverse engineering
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Feb 06, 2024NewsroomSocial Engineering / Malvertising Threat actors are leveraging bogus Facebook job advertisements as a lure to trick prospective targets into installing a new Windows-based stealer malware codenamed Ov3r_Stealer. “This malware is designed to steal credentials and crypto wallets and send those to a Telegram channel that the threat actor monitors,” Trustwave SpiderLabs said
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Feb 05, 2024NewsroomCryptocurrency / Financial Fraud A 42-year-old Belarusian and Cypriot national with alleged connections to the now-defunct cryptocurrency exchange BTC-e is facing charges related to money laundering and operating an unlicensed money services business. Aliaksandr Klimenka, who was arrested in Latvia on December 21, 2023, was extradited to the U.S. If convicted, he faces
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Feb 03, 2024NewsroomVulnerability / Social Media The decentralized social network Mastodon has disclosed a critical security flaw that enables malicious actors to impersonate and take over any account. “Due to insufficient origin validation in all Mastodon, attackers can impersonate and take over any remote account,” the maintainers said in a terse advisory. The vulnerability, tracked
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Romance scam victims surged by more than a fifth (22%) in 2023, compared to 2022, according to new figures from Lloyds Bank. The average amount lost per incident was £6937 ($8847) last year. This was lower than in 2022, when the average loss was £8237 ($10,505). Romance scams have exploded in prominence in recent years,
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Feb 03, 2024NewsroomIntelligence Agency / Cyber Security The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions against six officials associated with the Iranian intelligence agency for attacking critical infrastructure entities in the U.S. and other countries. The officials include Hamid Reza Lashgarian, Mahdi Lashgarian, Hamid Homayunfal, Milad Mansuri, Mohammad Bagher Shirinkar, and