While the Biden administration is betting that the latest round of sanctions aimed at Russia and its economy will help deter the country's cyber operations, several U.S. agencies used the sanctions announcement as an opportunity to pull back the curtain on the tactics of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of whether the FBI removing malicious web shells from hundreds of compromised Microsoft Exchange Servers could set a precedent. Also featured is a description of an unusual fraud scam plus an update on security product development trends.
The Biden administration has formally sanctioned Russia over the cyber operation that targeted SolarWinds and its customers as well as the disinformation campaign against the 2020 U.S. elections. The NSA and other agencies also attributed the SolarWinds attack to Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR.
Hackers with apparent ties to North Korea who hit e-commerce shops via Magecart-style attacks to steal payment card data also tested malicious tools for stealing cryptocurrency, reports cybersecurity firm Group-IB. Such functionality could trick customers into paying with cryptocurrency.
Cybercriminals, likely backed by nation-states, are expanding global spear-phishing campaigns targeting the COVID-19 vaccine "cold chain" in an attempt to steal credentials so they can gain "privileged insight" into sensitive information, the IBM Security X-Force says in an updated report.
Microsoft issued patches for its on-premises Exchange Server software, addressing four new critical vulnerabilities discovered by the National Security Agency. A zero-day vulnerability in Desktop Window Manager was also disclosed and patched.
President Joe Biden is asking Congress to boost CISA's budget by $110 million to help enable the agency to address a range of cybersecurity issues following several high-profile incidents in the past six months.
Citing national security concerns, the U.S. Commerce Department has placed seven Chinese supercomputer organizations on the Entity List, which effectively bars them from receiving supplies or components from U.S. companies.
CISA and the FBI warn in a new alert that unidentified nation-state actors are scanning for three vulnerabilities in Fortinet's operating system, FortiOS, to potentially target government agencies and companies for cyberespionage.
The SolarWinds supply chain attack demonstrates that Russian intelligence services have learned from previous operations and adjusted their tactics, says Dmitri Alperovitch, the former CTO of security firm CrowdStrike, which investigated Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the Microsoft Exchange on-premises server hacks – from who might have leaked the vulnerability exploits to how ransomware gangs are taking advantage of the flaws. Also featured: Tackling the cybercrime business model; assessing "zero trust."
Email security vendor Mimecast, which was targeted by the SolarWinds supply chain hack in January, reports in a Tuesday update that the hackers used the "Sunburst" backdoor as an initial attack vector to steal some source code. But Mimecast says it "found no evidence of any modifications" to that code.