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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

10969155500?profile=RESIZE_400xA new financially motivated campaign that began in December 2022 has seen the unidentified threat actor behind it deploying a novel ransomware strain dubbed MortalKombat and a clipper malware known as Laplas.  Investigators said it "observed the actor scanning the internet for victim machines with an exposed remote desktop protocol (RDP) port 3389."  The attacks primarily focus on individuals, small businesses, and large organizations located in the US, and to a lesser extent in the UK, Turkey,

10968416861?profile=RESIZE_400xCybersecurity researchers have found a new piece of evasive malware named “Beep” (just one Beep) designed to operate undetected and deliver additional payloads onto a compromised host.  The authors of this malware were trying to implement as many anti-debugging and anti-VM (anti-sandbox) techniques as they could find, reported investigators.  One such technique involved delaying execution through the Beep API function, hence the malware's name.[1]

All PCs previously shared an 8254 programmable i

10957340299?profile=RESIZE_400xA few weeks ago, reported about a malware-infected Android TV box available on Amazon: the T95 TV box.[1]  The box contained pre-installed malware, which was discovered by a Canadian developer and security systems consultant.   Now the same TV box is in the news again, and the person who has identified security threats is a Malwarebytes mobile malware researcher.  He purchased this device from Amazon to further probe and instantly realized something was off about this TV box.  He di

10947154064?profile=RESIZE_400xCyberattacks in the US have significantly increased over the past year, with the healthcare system and other critical sectors being attacked as the threat of malware like ransomware and foreign spyware continues to evolve.   During 2022, US government officials and lawmakers renewed their focus on cyber security and sought to secure the country’s critical sectors from rising cyber threats. This issue will increase in 2023, as many of those threats are still escalating while the cyber sector is c

10923797266?profile=RESIZE_400xRisePro is an information-stealing malware that was first discovered in mid-December 2022.  The earliest log recording from this malware, as of the time of this writing, was December 12th, 2022.  The logs found were posted to Russian Market, which is a log shop that is like other markets, such as Genesis.  There appeared to be multiple thousands of logs posted [2].  RisePro appears to be written in C++ and acts similarly to the “Vidar” malware.  According to a Joe Sandbox analysis, RisePro exhib

10913981254?profile=RESIZE_400xCybersecurity researchers have published the inner workings of a new wiper called Azov Ransomware that's deliberately designed to corrupt data and "inflict impeccable damage" to compromised systems.  Azov is the name of ransomware, malware that blocks access to files by encrypting them.  It encrypts all files (except files with .ini, .dll, and .exe extensions) and appends the ".azov" extension to their filenames. Also, Azov drops ransom notes (the "RESTORE_FILES.txt" files) in all folders that i

10906606696?profile=RESIZE_400xMalware is nothing more that burglary tools.  Cyber researchers have recently shed light on a Dark web marketplace called “In the Box” that is designed to specifically cater to mobile malware operators.  The actor behind the criminal storefront, believed to be available since at least January 2020, has been offering over 400 custom web injects grouped by geography that can be purchased by other adversaries looking to mount attacks of their own.  The automation allows other bad actors to create o

10905077878?profile=RESIZE_400xBack in 1969, the rock group – The Rolling Stones – recorded an album titled “Let it Bleed.” The album sold over 2.4 million copies, and in 1997, it was voted the 27th "Best Album Ever." The current "Bleed You" malicious cyber campaign is far from being popular and is trying to take advantage of a known remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in Windows Internet Key Exchange (IKE) Protocol Extensions. More than 1,000 systems are unpatched and vulnerable to compromise.

If an attacker gains cont

10895583072?profile=RESIZE_400xOver the past six months, the infamous Emotet botnet has shown almost no activity, and now it is distributing malicious spam.  Emotet is by far one of the most dangerous trojans ever created.  The malware became a very destructive program as it grew in scale and sophistication.  The victim can be anyone from corporate to private users exposed to spam email campaigns.

The botnet distributes through phishing containing malicious Excel or Word documents.  When users open these documents and enable

10893672288?profile=RESIZE_180x180A China-based cyber actor group is leveraging the trust associated with popular international brands to orchestrate a large-scale phishing campaign dating back as far as 2019.   The threat actor, Fangxiao, is said to have registered over 42,000 imposter domains, with initial activity observed in 2017.  Fangxiao targets businesses in multiple verticals, including retail, banking, travel, and energy.  The offers promised financial or physical incentives are used to trick victims into further sprea

10889538276?profile=RESIZE_400xSecurity researchers are alerting about an ongoing supply chain attack that uses malicious Python packages to distribute an information stealer.  The attackers have been active since October 2022.  The attack was uncovered by investigators on 01 November 2022, with the attackers copying existing popular libraries and injecting a malicious ‘import’ statement into them. The purpose of the injected code is to infect the victim’s machine with a script that runs in the background. The script, which f

10859960864?profile=RESIZE_400xCyber threat actors are using a never-before-seen technique to stealthily infect victims with malware by abusing legitimate tools.  The campaign has been detailed by cybersecurity researchers  who say that the attackers can spend more than 18 months inside the networks of victims while taking steps to ensure their activity stays under the radar to avoid detection in what's thought to be an intelligence-gathering and espionage operation. 

How the attack begins is still uncertain, but victims beco

10856609287?profile=RESIZE_400xLinkedIn has become a popular destination for threat actors trying to communicate with people for a variety of purposes, such as distributing malware, cyberespionage, credential stealing, financial fraud, etc.  One common approach to using LinkedIn by cyber criminals is to approach people using fake profile claiming to be a recruiter working at technology, defense, or media companies.  The North Korean-sponsored group Lazarus often engaged in these kinds of activities in order to propagate malwa

10854679261?profile=RESIZE_400xOne of the oldest and most successful forms of banking malware has been repurposed into a backdoor trojan described as "significantly dangerous" and likely to be used for ransomware attacks.  The new variant of Ursnif malware, also known as Gozi, has been detailed by researchers who suggest it has been purposefully built to power ransomware and data-theft attacks by using malicious Microsoft Office documents to get into users’ computers and requires macros to be activated. 

Designed to steal ban

10827725278?profile=RESIZE_400xChromeLoader proves to be an extremely prevalent and persistent malware.  It initially drops as an .iso and can be used to leak users’ browser credentials, harvest recent online activity, and hijack browser searches to display ads.  The VMware Carbon Black Managed Detection and Response (MDR) team observed the first Windows variants of ChromeLoader in the wild in January 2022 and the macOS version in March 2022.   There are some variants known to ChromeLoader, including ChromeBack and Choziosi L

10812254669?profile=RESIZE_400xThe Android banking trojan known as SharkBot has once again made an appearance on the Google Play Store by masquerading as antivirus and cleaner apps. This new dropper does not rely on Accessibility permissions to automatically install the dropper Sharkbot malware.  This new version asks the victim to install the malware as a fake update for the antivirus to stay protected against threats.


The apps in question, Mister Phone

10794947080?profile=RESIZE_400xThey say, “Ya gotta Play, to Win.”  Many state lotteries are now online through the Internet.  But in New Hampshire, playing the lottery on the Internet could be hazardous.  Clicking unknown pop-ups on the Internet is never a good idea and it wasn’t in NH this past Friday. 

The New Hampshire Lottery website is back in service after the agency faced a cyber-attack on 26 August that attempted to trick users into clicking a pop-up and downloading malware.  “The (cyber) attack resulted in the creati