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10477932254?profile=RESIZE_400xEspionage comes in many forms, for advanced persistent threat (APT) “UNC3524” as dubbed by security company Mandiant, the objective is to collect emails dealing with corporate development, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate transactions.  “UNC3524” was first discovered in December 2019 and has been tracked since then.  The group’s corporate targets and interest in M&A plans point to financial motivation, however, the group’s ability to linger in a target environment while collecting emails, s

10261197883?profile=RESIZE_400xThose readers who have children have already built a sandbox and watched the contents be tracked into their house.  What I will be describing is a different type of sandbox or some have referred to it as a “Cuckoo box.”  Before hunting malware, every researcher needs to find a system where to analyze it. There are several ways to do it; build your own environment or use third-party solutions.  Here are some “easy” steps required to create a custom malware sandbox where you can perform a proper a

10215100865?profile=RESIZE_400xRed Sky Alliance performs queries of our backend databases, identifying all new data containing Motor Vessel (MV) and Motor Tanker (MT) in the subject line of malicious emails.  Email subject line Motor Vessel (MV) or Motor Tanker (MT) keyword usage is a common lure to entice users in the maritime industry to open emails containing malicious attachments.  Red Sky Alliance is providing this list of Motor Vessels in which Red Sky Alliance directly observed the vessel being impersonated, with assoc

10184219479?profile=RESIZE_400xSince the beginning of phishing, fraudulent invoicing and purchasing schemes have been one of the most common lures, because they make money.  The usual modus operandi involves appealing to the recipient’s desire to avoid incurring a debt, especially where a business may be involved.  Researchers recently came across an interesting phishing e-mail masquerading as a purchase order addressed to a Ukrainian manufacturing organization that deals with raw materials and chemicals.  The e-mail containe

10150931055?profile=RESIZE_400xCyber threat investigators believe the infamous TrickBot malware has reached its limits, but its development team appears to have been “acquired” by the Conti ransomware gang, which has been thriving amid recent crackdowns.  TrickBot has been around since 2016.  It was initially a banking trojan designed to steal financial data, but it evolved into a modular stealer that could target a wide range of information.  See:


10150608476?profile=RESIZE_400xWelcome to the new normal, the cybersecurity threat landscape has gotten progressively more complex and dangerous.  The online world is full of data thieves, extortionists, and even state actors looking to exploit vulnerabilities in businesses' digital defenses.  The cyber threat actors have the upper hand at the moment. Part of the reason for that is the fallout from the rapid digitization made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to research on the subject, more than half of business

10148505256?profile=RESIZE_400xThe Winter Olympics have officially come to a close. There have been heartwarming headlines of athletes overcoming adversity, upsets, dominant performances, and countless clips of the mascot Bing Dwen Dwen throughout the past two weeks.  The headline that cyber professionals are waiting for a yet to arrive.

In the weeks leading up to the opening of the Olympic Games athletes were required to install the My2022 app to track their health. The app is supposed to track Covid-19 and monitor the healt

10086538496?profile=RESIZE_400xThe operators of the GootLoader campaign are targeting employees of accounting and law firms as part of a renewed effort of cyberattacks to deploy malware on infected systems.  This is an unfortunate sign that the adversary is expanding its focus to other high-value targets.  The Gootkit malware family has been around for five years or more, and is used to distribute code such as ransomware, which can encrypt the files on a Windows computer and only release them once a ransom is paid.


10046387086?profile=RESIZE_400xRed Sky Alliance performs queries of our backend databases, identifying all new data containing Motor Vessel (MV) and Motor Tanker (MT) in the subject line of malicious emails.  Email subject line Motor Vessel (MV) or Motor Tanker (MT) keyword usage is a common lure to entice users in the maritime industry to open emails containing malicious attachments.  Red Sky Alliance is providing this list of Motor Vessels in which Red Sky Alliance directly observed the vessel being impersonated, with assoc

9978770477?profile=RESIZE_400xTens of thousands of devices around the world, including many industrial control systems (ICS) and government computers, have been targeted in what appears to be an espionage campaign that involves a new piece of malware now named PseudoManuscrypt, Kaspersky recently reported. Manuscrypt, aka NukeSped, is a family of malware tools that have been used in espionage campaigns in the past. One such was a February spear-phishing campaign linked to Lazarus a prolific North Korean APT that used the Man

9837181474?profile=RESIZE_400xA new Android banking trojan has been discovered targeting international banks and cryptocrrency services from the United Kingdom, Italy and the US.  Twenty-two instances have been reported so far.  The malware, first detected at the end of October 2021, appears to be new and is still being developed.  It was discovered by Cleafy, an Italian fraud detection and prevention firm.  Cleafy calls it ‘SharkBot’, named after the frequency of the word ‘sharked’ in its binaries.

SharkBot is not found in

9822278874?profile=RESIZE_400xCybersecurity threats, risks and challenges are often different depending on various international locations.  Cyber-attack targets vary based on local resources and means to exploit vulnerabilities.  Cyber criminals and nation-state attackers zero in on specific nations, companies and organizations for varying incentives.   Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic amplified and intensified cybersecurity threats.  Since 2019, attackers have launch remote work-enabled attacks or social engineering att

9621446463?profile=RESIZE_400xA Russian-linked group known as Turla has been deploying a secondary backdoor against numerous targets to maintain persistence within compromised devices even after the primary malware has been discovered and removed from the infrastructure, according to a research report released by Cisco Talos this week.

The newly discovered backdoor, which the researchers call "TinyTurla," has been deployed against targets in the U.S. and Germany over the last two years. More recently, however, Turla has used

9570994085?profile=RESIZE_400xEventually, everyone need help with their heating and air conditioning (HVAC) units.  Most technicians are trustworthy and do a great job.  The bad news is that more than 9 out of 10 (91%) industrial organizations are vulnerable to cyber-attacks, according to a new report by Positive Technologies.  The study found that external attackers can penetrate the corporate network in all these organizations, and once inside, can obtain user credentials and complete control over the infrastructure in 100

9446943067?profile=RESIZE_400xAn emerging information-stealing malware, sold and distributed on underground Russian underground forums has been written in Rust, is signaling a new trend where threat actors are increasingly adopting exotic programming languages to bypass security protections, evade analysis, and hamper reverse engineering efforts.  Rust is a multi-paradigm, high-level, general-purpose programming language designed for performance and safety, especially safe concurrency.  Rust is syntactically similar to C++ b

8989703898?profile=RESIZE_400xA new information stealer is going after cryptocurrency wallets and credentials for applications including NordVPN, Telegram, Discord, and Steam.   Panda Stealer malware uses spam emails and the same hard-to-detect fileless distribution method deployed by a recent Phobos ransomware campaign discovered by investigators.

The attack campaign appears to be primarily targeting users in Australia, Germany, Japan, and the United States.  Panda Stealer was discovered by Trend Micro at the beginning of A

8989395698?profile=RESIZE_400xCybersecurity threats are more prevalent than ever. As of 2020, 67% of small businesses (those with less than 1,000 employees) were targeted. More than half of all small businesses have been breached. As a small business owner, you have to be aware of the dangers lurking on the web.

Red Sky Alliance offers a suite of Intelligence Services that revolve around cyber threat analysis. Today’s post is aimed at small business owners that need a quick primer on the threats streaming into their organiza

8820300897?profile=RESIZE_400xTen variants of the Joker Android Trojan managed to slip into the Huawei AppGallery app store and were downloaded by more than 538,000 users, according to new data from Russian anti-malware vendor Doctor Web.  Also known as Bread, the Joker Trojan was first observed in 2017 when it was originally focused on SMS fraud.  Joker is a malware Trojan that targets Android users. It was packaged in at least two dozen applications that were downloaded from Google Play store over 400,000 times. The main p

8820016295?profile=RESIZE_400xPurple Fox is the name of a malware downloader, a malicious program that proliferates other programs of this type.  This malware is used to infect systems with cryptocurrency mining programs.  Purple Fox can cause serious damage and must be uninstalled immediately.  An example of malware that could be installed through Purple Fox is ransomware.  These programs encrypt files and prevent victims from accessing them unless ransoms are paid or confidential information is disclosed and offered for sa

8794090860?profile=RESIZE_400xResearchers have discovered a new information-stealing Trojan, which targets Android devices with a blitz of data-exfiltration capabilities from collecting browser searches to recording audio and phone calls.   While malware on Android has previously taken the guise of copycat apps, which go under names similar to legitimate pieces of software, this clever new malicious app masquerades itself as a System Update application to take control of compromised devices.

"The spyware creates a notificati