Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors have exploited known vulnerabilities in Zoho ManageEngine and Fortinet VPN products to hack an organization in the aeronautical sector, according to a joint report from the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Cyber Command’s Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF). Impacting more than 20 on-premises Zoho ManageEngine products, the first bug, tracked as CVE-2022-47966 (CVSS score of 9.8), allows remote attackers to execute
A criminal ransomware network connected to a cyber-attack inside numerous US hospitals has been taken down by the FBI, according to a US Department of Justice press release. The attack hit over 200,000 computers across the US and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. The FBI called it a duck hunt taking down the hacking network called Qakbot. “Qackbot is one of the most successful persistent and notorious botnets in the globe,” said US Attorney Martin Estrada. “Stopping cybercrime i
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warns that cyber crooks are masquerading as legitimate non-fungible token (NFT) developers to steal cryptocurrency and other digital assets from unsuspecting users. In these fraudulent schemes, criminals either obtain direct access to NFT developer social media accounts or create look-alike accounts to promote "exclusive" new NFT releases, often employing misleading advertising campaigns that create a sense of urgency to pull them off.
On 23 May 2023, US authorities in CISA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Security Agency (NSA), and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) published an updated version of the #StopRansomware Guide. Ransomware actors have accelerated their tactics and techniques since its initial release in 2020 and this guide will assist in helping cyber prevention. The update incorporates lessons learned from the past two years and includes additional recommend
The Five Eyes agencies recently issued cybersecurity guidance and best practices for smart cities. The document describes potential risks and provides recommendations for addressing them. Those readers who do not follow the novels Tom Clancy and John le Carre may not be familiar with The Five Eyes. The Five Eyes are the intelligence agencies of the US, Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand that share intelligence.
Smart cities integrate Information and Communication Technologies (IC
No charging station is safe, as the FBI is warning travelers looking to charge their devices in airports, hotels, and coffee shops that "Juice Jacking" is a thing as bad actors are using public chargers and even free cables and charging plugs to infect phones and other devices with malware.
According to an FBI "Scams and Safety" brief, which also discusses system and data protection and protecting money information:
- Be careful when connecting to a public Wi-Fi network, and do not conduct sen
A New York man accused of running the popular cybercrime forum BreachForums was recently arrested and charged. He is believed to be Pompompurin, an individual whose online moniker was mentioned in several high-profile hacking stories in the past years. It is sad to know that this criminal used the name Pompompurin, which is the name of a good natured Golden Retriever dog character introduced by the Japanese company Sanrio (Hello Kitty) in 1996. The suspect is 21-year-old Conor Brian Fitzpatr
According to various investigating agencies, thousands are believed to have lost their savings after investing in a cryptocurrency trading app called iEarn Bot https://www.iearnbot.com. DO NOT VISIT THIS WEBSITE; IT IS A SCAM. Experts investigating the company say it could be one of the largest crypto scandals. Cryptocurrency trading has become popular, with people often promising large rewards over short periods. But law enforcement agencies warn of many scams and recommend investors cond
The long arm of the law has grabbed the Hive ransomware operation, and it appears to have been shut down as part of a major law enforcement operation involving agencies in 10 countries. A message in English and Russian on the Hive ransomware operation’s Tor-based website reads: “The Federal Bureau of Investigation seized this site as part of a coordinated law enforcement action taken against Hive Ransomware.” Another message says the action was taken in coordination with Europol and authoritie
In the last few years, companies, universities, schools, medical facilities and other organizations have been targeted by ransomware threat actors, turning ransomware into the Internet's most severe security crisis. Now, the US Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have issued a new security warning.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software, or malware that prevents you from accessing your computer files, systems, or networks and d
Recently, victims of a recently uncovered form of ransomware are being warned not to pay the ransom demand simply because the ransomware is not able to decrypt files it just destroys them instead. Coded in Python, Cryptonite ransomware first appeared in October 2022 as part of a free-to-download open-source toolkit available to anyone with the skills required to deploy it in attacks against Microsoft Windows systems, with phishing attacks believed to be the most common means of delivery.
The holidays are when people unknowingly let their guard down, and cybercriminals know it. They take advantage of people at home who are in a good mood, excitedly awaiting packages that are gifts for family or friends; and they also know employee counts are low as the staff takes vacation time and someone not used to a certain role might be covering for another employee. It is a holiday recipe for potential disaster.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are raising awareness of the potential threat posed by attempts to manipulate information or spread disinformation in the lead-up to and after the 2022 midterm elections. Foreign actors may intensify efforts to influence the outcomes of the 2022 midterm elections by circulating or amplifying reports of real or alleged malicious cyber activity on election infrastructure. Additionally, th
This past week, the Australian telecoms company Optus is coming under fire for a breach of customer data. Optus’ initial press release regarding this breach went out on 21 September 2022, informing customers that services were not affected and that they were investigating a possible breach . Optus has subsequently release further updates, including informing customers that they will be contacted if their data was compromised. In addition, Optus will be offering the Equifax Protect servi
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a Private Industry Notification warning of malicious cyber actors using proxies and configurations for credential stuffing attacks on organizations within the United States.
Credential stuffing is a form of brute force attack and shares many of the same commonalities that exploit leaked user credentials or ones purchased on the Dark Web that takes advantage of the fact that many individua
The US Department of Treasury placed sanctions on 08 August 2022 regarding Tornado Cash, a leading "crypto mixer" for transactions in virtual currency that US officials describe as a hub for laundering stolen funds, including by North Korean hackers. The Treasury Department reported Tornado Cash had been used to transfer at least $96 million of funds stolen in June from crypto exchange service Harmony Bridge and another $7.8 million of the nearly $200 million in cryptocurrency hacked from Noma
With criminals beginning to use deepfake video technology to spoof an identity in live online job interviews, security researchers have highlighted one simple way to spot a deepfake: just ask the person to turn their face sideways. The reason for this as a potential handy authentication check is that deepfake AI models, while good at recreating front-on views of a person's face are not adequate for presenting side-on or profile views like those seen in a mug shot.
Camera apps have become inc
Network credentials and virtual private network (VPN) access for colleges and universities based in the US are being advertised for sale on underground and public criminal marketplaces. "This exposure of sensitive credential and network access information, especially privileged user accounts, could lead to subsequent cyber-attacks against individual users or affiliated organizations," the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in an advisory published last week. See: https://www.ic3.gov
Three people were handed years-long sentences in federal court on Wednesday for a range of crimes connected to a widespread hacking and identity theft campaign. Alessandro Doreus, Jean Elie Doreus Jovin and Djouman Doreus pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and aggravated identity theft in September 2021. Prosecutors said they defrauded hundreds of people from 2015 to 2020 by gaining access to Social Security numbers, account numbers, usernames and passwords.
A US District Judge gave
The US government is sounding the alarm after discovering new custom tools capable of full system compromise and disruption of ICS/SCADA devices and servers. Investigators reported that a custom-made, modular ICS attack framework can be used to disrupt and/or destruct devices in industrial environments.
A joint advisory from the Department of Energy, CISA, NSA, and the FBI warned that unidentified APT actors have created specialized tools capable of causing major damage to PLCs from Schneider El
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