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12490145894?profile=RESIZE_400xA newly identified Android Trojan can steal user information and allow attackers to take control of infected devices. Named Brokewell, the trojan includes all the capabilities of mobile banking malware while also providing attackers with remote access to devices. Brokewell is being distributed via fake application updates, such as newer Chrome browser iterations and updates for an Austrian digital authentication application.

The malware overlays fake windows over the targeted mobile applications

12415386683?profile=RESIZE_400xPhishing-as-a-service, or PhaaS, is a cyber threat subscription service, much like any number of other “as a service” types you may be familiar with, such as ransomware-as-a-service.  One of the noted early pioneers of this model is BulletProofLink.  This operation was taken down by Malaysian law enforcement in November of last year in collaboration with the Australian Federal Police and the FBI. 

The general ideal of phishing-as-a-service is that service providers are offering ready-to-use phis

12414665062?profile=RESIZE_400xANY.RUN[1] the interactive malware sandbox provider, has issued a warning about BunnyLoader, a rapidly evolving malware written in C/C++.  The new version, BunnyLoader 3.0, boasts enhanced capabilities and requires users and organizations to be more vigilant than ever.

Released just in September 2023, BunnyLoader's malicious functions range from exfiltrating credentials to stealing cryptocurrency wallets and dropping additional malware.

Here are some of the key changes introduced in BunnyLoader

12404998269?profile=RESIZE_400xOn 16 March 2024, Sentinel Labs identified a suspicious Linux binary uploaded from Ukraine.  Initial analysis showed surface similarities with the infamous AcidRain wiper used to disable KA-SAT modems across Europe at the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine (commonly identified by the ‘Viasat hack’ misnomer).  Since our initial finding, no similar samples or variants have been detected or publicly reported until now.  This new sample is a confirmed variant called ‘AcidPour’, a wiper with si

12402161876?profile=RESIZE_400xThe US Department of Justice claims that it has disrupted a botnet controlled by the Russian state-sponsored hacking group Forest Blizzard, also known as Fancy Bear. The Russian hackers' targets include US and foreign governments, military entities, and security and corporate organizations. The FBI operation copied and deleted stolen files and other data from the compromised routers and, working with local Internet service providers, the FBI then informed the owners and operators of the routers.

12401906097?profile=RESIZE_180x180Magnet Goblin, a financially motivated threat actor, is swiftly adopting one-day security vulnerabilities into its arsenal to opportunistically breach edge devices and public-facing services and deploy malware on compromised hosts.  Threat actor group Magnet Goblin's hallmark is its ability to swiftly leverage newly disclosed vulnerabilities, mainly targeting public-facing servers and edge devices.  In some cases, the deployment of the exploits is within 1 day after a [proof-of-concept] is publi

12361108271?profile=RESIZE_400xCybersecurity researchers have identified an updated version of a macOS information stealer called Atomic (or AMOS), indicating that the threat actors behind the malware are actively enhancing its capabilities. It looks like Atomic Stealer was updated around mid to late December 2023, where its developers introduced payload encryption to bypass detection rules.

Atomic Stealer first emerged in April 2023 for a monthly subscription of $1,000. It's capable of harvesting sensitive information from a

12345056663?profile=RESIZE_180x180The banking malware known as Carbanak has been observed to be used in ransomware attacks with updated tactics.  The malware has adapted to incorporate attack vendors and techniques to diversify its effectiveness.  Carbanak returned in November 2023 through new distribution chains and has been distributed through compromised websites to impersonate various business-related software.

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Some impersonated tools include popular

12328516473?profile=RESIZE_400xAt its most basic, the term “auto fill” refers to a feature or set of features that enables users to insert previously entered information into web pages.  Depending on the specific application being used, this can be any sort of information like names and address, moving all the way up to information that needs more protection such as credit card numbers and username/password combinations.

On Android devices, it is often the case that an application will display a login form by using what’s cal

12292775877?profile=RESIZE_400xA new malvertising campaign has been found to employ fake sites that masquerade as legitimate Windows news portal to propagate a malicious installer for a popular system profiling tool called CPU-Z.  This incident is a part of a larger malvertising campaign that targets other utilities like Notepad++, Citrix, and VNC Viewer as seen in its infrastructure (domain names) and cloaking templates used to avoid detection.

While malvertising campaigns are known to set up replica sites advertising widely

12283099090?profile=RESIZE_400xA highly sophisticated piece of malware posing as a cryptocurrency miner has stayed hidden for five years, infecting more than one million devices, cybersecurity investigators warn.  Named StripedFly, the threat contains code sequences previously observed in the malware used by the threat actor known as the Equation Group, known for APT malware and attacks, which has been linked to the US National Security Agency.

Designed as a modular framework, StripedFly can target both Windows and Linux and

12264243686?profile=RESIZE_400xA new information stealer named ExelaStealer has become the latest one to become available to the hacker audience.  There are many choices available for off-the-shelf malware designed to capture sensitive data from compromised Windows systems.  ExelaStealer is a largely open-source infostealer with paid customizations available from the threat actor creator.

Written in Python and incorporating support for JavaScript, it comes fitted with capabilities to siphon passwords, Discord tokens, credit c

12246230285?profile=RESIZE_400xA new malware-as-a-service option for cybercriminals known as BunnyLoader was released on September 4th, 2023.  It has since seen a variety of updates and has reached version 2.0.  As one might expect from any number of the “as a service” monikers, malware-as-a-service is a business model for cybercriminals.  The business model is such that malware and its associated infrastructure are provided to customers for a fee.  This can also be seen as a variation to the software-as-a-service model.

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12239425294?profile=RESIZE_400xIn 1923, the Soviet Union created the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast (an oblast is an administrative region or province) within the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.  This oblast has a 95% ethnically Armenian population.  In 1988, Nagorno-Karabakh intended to leave Azerbaijan and join the neighboring Republic of Armenia.  While the Soviet Union was able to keep the resulting tension under control, once the USSR began to collapse, armed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia began for co

12143866499?profile=RESIZE_400xThe US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), and the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security (CCCS) released a joint cybersecurity advisory (CSA) regarding new Truebot malware variants that are being used against organizations in the United States and Canada.

Older versions of the Truebot malware variant were delivered via malicious phishing email attachments, the CSA expla

12127855284?profile=RESIZE_400xA common tactic for cybercriminals is to distribute storage drives, phones, or other internet-connected devices filled with hidden malware to hack victims and steal their information. Although smartwatches have not been known for major security breaches so far, they carry many of the same vulnerabilities as other IoT products and warrant a similar degree of caution.  A recent InfraGard brief by DHS cautioned the use of Smartphones and being vulnerable to malware.

The US Army’s Criminal Investiga

11836228891?profile=RESIZE_400xDetection of malware is typically done using virus definitions or signatures in a database.  Security products, such as antiviruses, will scan files using a virus database to detect if the files are good or bad.  They detect files as good if they don’t match an entry in the database and consider files bad if they do match an entry. It works almost like an advanced blacklist.

Malware authors understand how security products work and build malware that these products cannot detect.  In the undergr

11063692094?profile=RESIZE_400xDuring the dark days of COVID-19, the transfer from office to remote working cybersecurity was often neglected so that businesses could just “stay in business.”  Even after a couple years, common sense tells us that companies would have caught up with cybersecurity.  There are three business scenarios: those that have been attacked, those that do not know they have been attacked, and those that are going to be attacked. 

The risks are high with research showing the average cost of an IT security

11038585896?profile=RESIZE_400xThe nasty Iranian nation-state APT group known as Charming Kitten is actively targeting multiple victims in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and India with a new malware named BellaCiao, adding to its ever-expanding list of custom tools.  Discovered by Bitdefender Labs, BellaCiao is a "Personalized dropper" that is capable of delivering other malware payloads onto a victim machine based on commands received from an actor-controlled server.  The attackers appear to customize their attacks for eac

11021568859?profile=RESIZE_400xIt is one of China’s most popular shopping apps, selling clothing, groceries and just about everything else under the sun to more than 750 million users a month.  But according to cybersecurity researchers, it can also bypass users’ cell phone security to monitor activities on other apps, check notifications, read private messages and change settings.  And once installed, it’s tough to remove.

While many apps collect vast troves of user data, sometimes without explicit consent, experts say e-com