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Operation Prowli Operation Prowli is a traffic manipulation and cryptocurrency mining campaign infecting a wide number of organizations in critical infrastructure sectors such as finance, education and government. This campaign spreads malware and malicious code to servers and websites and has compromised more than 40,000 machines in multiple areas of the world. Impact The malware has already hit more than 40,000 victim machines from over 9,000 businesses in various domains; to include finance,…
Patch Issued for Critical Adobe Flash Vulnerability Adobe has released a security patch update for a critical vulnerability in its Flash Player software. The malware is actively exploiting targeted attacks against Windows users. Adobe Flash player zero-day attacks have primarily been targeting users in the Middle East using a specially crafted Excel spreadsheet. The stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability, explained in CVE-2018-5002 , impacts Adobe Flash Player 29.0.0.171 and earlier versions…
A month ago, Anonymous (Anon #OpUSA) cyber actors reported they caused service outages on the websites of various US Government agencies, to include Department of Defense agencies. These claims were alleged by showing service outages for the public-facing websites of these US federal agencies. The alleged outages were false. The false reports are likely intimidation and propaganda techniques against the US government. In December 2017, Anon #OpUSA organizers initiated a call for action to plan…
Summary Wapack Labs highly recommends following US government guidelines to any owner of a small business or personal home office routers; to power cycle (reboot) their devices. International bad actors have compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and other networked devices. These bad actors use the VPNFilter malware to target small office and home office routers. This malware is able to perform multiple functions, including potential information collection, device…
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have issued a current technical alert on the North Korea-linked threat group known as the government name: Hidden Cobra, or the cyber security name of the Lazarus Group. The Lazarus Group is highly suspected or conducting numerous high-profile attacks; to include targeting Sony Pictures, Bangladesh’s Central Bank and various financial organizations. The Lazarus Group’s campaigns are traced as Operation…
Intel, Google, and Microsoft disclosed a new variant of the Spectre design flaw and security vulnerability that impacts millions of computers and mobile devices from a range of manufacturers. It is called Variant 4.Impact The CVE-2018-3639 – Speculative Store Bypass (SSB) is also known as Variant 4. Systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and speculative execution of memory reads before the addresses of all prior memory writes are known may allow unauthorized disclosure of…

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Acrobat and Reader.[1]  The most severe could allow for arbitrary code execution.  In computer security, "arbitrary code execution" is used to describe an attacker's ability to execute any command of the attacker's choice on a target machine or in a target process.  Adobe Acrobat and Reader allow…

MS-ISAC ADVISORY NUMBER: 2018-056 DATE(S) ISSUED: 05/14/2018 SUBJECT: Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Reader Could Allow for Arbitrary Code Execution (APSB18-09) OVERVIEW: Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Acrobat and Reader, the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution. Adobe Acrobat and Reader allow a user to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format (PDF). Successful exploitation of the most…
Cryptocurrency Mining Virus Spreading Through Facebook Clicking on videos and links in Facebook may not always be safe. Caution should always be used when opening links, especially if they are from an unknown recipient. Researchers recently reported on a malicious Chrome extension which is spreading through Facebook Messenger to target users of cryptocurrency trading platforms to steal their credentials.
Doppelgänger is a German derived word for an apparition or double of a living person. Doppelgänging is a complex form of typosquatting. Process Doppelgänging is a code injection technique that disrupts the Microsoft Windows mechanism of New Technology File System (NTFS) transactions which create and hide malicious IT processes. This all in an attempt to avoid detection by antivirus software. Process Doppelgänging is a technique similar to the old Process Hollowing. The Process Doppelgänging…
CVE-2018-8174 | Windows VBScript Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Security Vulnerability The VBScript Engine is a remote code execution vulnerability and if executed in a victim computer would operate undetected in its memory (RAM). An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could take control…
"Rowhammer” is a hacking technique that researches have been experimenting with for the past four years. Rowhammer is designed to break the security of a computer by manipulating the physical electric charge of computer memory chips. This may then corrupt the computer data. Unfortunately, black hat hackers are exploiting Rowhammer by targeting Android phones though the Internet. As of this date, there is no specific software patch to fix Rowhammer
Ubuntu Security Notices Ubuntu 3631-1: Linux Kernel (Azure) Vulnerabilities This patch is for Ubuntu 16.04 and addresses vulnerabilities affecting the following : • linux • linux-aws • linux-kvm • linux-raspi2 • linux-snapdragon Ubuntu 3631-2: Lunux Kernel (Xenial HWE) Vulnerabilities This patch is for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS – Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and addresses vulnerabilities affecting the following : • linux-LTS-Xenial • linux-aws The following CVE’s are addressed with USN-3631-1 and USN-3631-2…
A highly critical flaw has been discovered in Drupal’s CMS platform. This vulnerability could allow remote code execution and is affecting Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 core. The security hole, tracked as CVE-2018-7602 is a remote code execution vulnerability that allows attackers to take control of the complete victim website. Drupal has issued an advisory at https://www.drupal.org/sa-core-2018-004. Wapack Labs has seen how attackers developed…
Implication of Russian Sanctions Summary During March-April 2018, dozens of Russian diplomats were expelled; hundreds of Russian Troll Factory-related accounts banned; new travel and economic sanctions levied and more are expected. While Russia did expel diplomats symmetrically, it explores options for an asymmetric response ranging from intellectual property violations to cyberattacks. Details Blows Targeting Russia In March 2018, 25 countries and NATO expelled dozens of Russian diplomats…
Wapack Labs is providing this report as a situational awareness for Linux users. The Linux openSUSE Leap 42.3 kernel was updated to 4.4.126 to receive various security and bugfixes. These updates are important for proper security and function. The following security bugs were fixed: • CVE-2018-1091: In the “flush_tmregs_to_thread” function in arch/powerpc/kernel/ptrace.c, a guest kernel crash can be triggered from unprivileged user space during a core dump on a POWER host. This due to a missing…
RCE in LG Network Storage Devices A flaw has been discovered in LG Network attached Storage Devices that allow attackers to execute remote code and steal data from the device without authentication. A pre-authenticated remote command injection vulnerability exists, which can allow attacker to perform virtually full computer functioning to include access to sensitive data and tamper with the user data and content. Attackers can then upload and distribute malware across the network using this…
Microsoft Outlook Vulnerability A vulnerability has been disclosed in Microsoft Outlook that allows attackers to steal credentials just by convincing the victim to view an email. This in turn will not permit a user further interaction. Impact The Microsoft outlook vulnerability titled as CVE-2018-0950 allows attackers to steal sensitive information by convincing the victim to view or preview the email in Outlook. The vulnerability exploits the way Microsoft Outlook renders remotely hosted OLE…
Intel will not fix all Processor Models affected by Spectre v2 The Intel Corporation has publicly admitted they will not fix all of the processor models which were affected by the Spectre (variant 2, V2) side channel analysis attack. In a recent Microcode Revision Guidance update published by Intel, various models of CPUs will not receiving fixes. Intel stated they it would not be possible to address the Spectre design flaw in their old CPUs. This because it requires changes to the processor…