An emerging cyber espionage group that apparently started its work in South Africa last year is now focusing on targeting critical control systems for oil and gas companies in the Middle East, according to researchers at two cybersecurity firms.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report offers an analysis of how French cyber police disrupted a cryptomining malware gang. Also featured: Apple's botched patching of a jailbreaking vulnerability; an industry veteran's insights on battling payment card fraud.
A new variant of the TrickBot banking Trojan is enabling attackers to conduct SIM swapping schemes against Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile customers in the U.S., potentially paving the way for account takeover fraud, according to a report from Dell's SecureWorks division.
A federal grand jury indictment of Seattle software engineer Paige A. Thompson charges her with stealing 100 million records from Capital One, stealing data from at least 29 other organizations, as well as using hacked cloud computing servers to mine for cryptocurrency.
French police say they've disrupted the operations of the Retadup malware gang by subverting attackers' command-and-control infrastructure to delete the malicious code from 850,000 infected PCs and servers worldwide. The move came after police received a tip and technical assistance from security firm Avast.
With new threats targeting the nation's critical infrastructure, partnerships among government and private-sector security professionals are more critical than ever, says Brian Harrell of the new U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
Patch or perish redux: Hackers are unleashing automated attacks to find and exploit known flaws in SSL VPNs manufactured by Fortinet and Pulse Secure to steal passwords. The exploits come despite both vendors having released patches several months ago - Pulse Secure in April, Fortinet in May.
After two months of inactivity, the notorious Emotet botnet is poised to start delivering malicious code again; active command-and-control servers have been spotted in the wild, researchers at the security firm Cofense warn.
U.K. authorities are attempting to seize more than $1.1 million in cryptocurrency from a notorious British hacker who carried out attacks that targeted more than 100 companies over a two-year period, according to the Metropolitan Police Service. The currency will be sold, with proceeds used to compensate victims.
Where have all the hacktivists gone? While the likes of Anonymous, AntiSec and LulzSec became household names in the early 2010s, in the past three years the number of website hacks, defacements and information leaks tied to bona fide hacktivists has plummeted.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes the ransomware attack on Texas municipalities as part of a broader trend. Also featured: An initiative designed to safeguard the 2020 presidential elections and a CIO's third-party risk management efforts.
Cybercrime marketplaces Genesis and Richlogs are helping fraudsters to better impersonate legitimate users of banks, eBay, Amazon, Netflix and more by providing them with victims' legitimate "digital fingerprints" and replay tools designed to fool anti-fraud defenses.
"Silence," a Russian-speaking criminal group that has stolen $4.2 million from ATMs and financial institutions since 2016, has become more active this year, using new tools and tactics in its attacks and expanding its reach globally, according to the security firm Group-IB.