Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Mobile Adware Booms, Online Banks Become Prime Target for Attacks

A snapshot of the 2020 mobile threat landscape reveals major shifts toward adware and threats to online banks.

Malware Loader Abuses Google SEO to Expand Payload Delivery

Gootloader has expanded its payloads beyond the Gootkit malware family, using Google SEO poisoning to gain traction.

Passwords, Private Posts Exposed in Hack of Gab Social Network

The Distributed Denial of Secrets group claim they have received more than 70 gigabytes of data exfiltrated from social media platform Gab.

Firewall Vendor Patches Critical Auth Bypass Flaw

Cybersecurity firm Genua fixes a critical flaw in its GenuGate High Resistance Firewall, allowing attackers to log in as root users.

Amazon Dismisses Claims Alexa ‘Skills’ Can Bypass Security Vetting Process

Researchers found a number of privacy and security issues in Amazon's Alexa skill vetting process, which could lead to attackers stealing data or launching phishing attacks.

Stalkerware Volumes Remain Concerningly High, Despite Bans

COVID-19 impacted volumes for the year, but the U.S. moved into third place on the list of countries most infected by stalkerware.

Lazarus Targets Defense Companies with ThreatNeedle Malware

A spear-phishing campaigned linked to a North Korean APT uses “NukeSped” malware in cyberespionage attacks against defense companies.

Yeezy Fans Face Sneaker-Bot Armies for Boost ‘Sun’ Release  

Sneaker bots ready to scoop up the new Yeezy Boost 700 “Sun” shoes to resell at a huge markup.  

Malware Gangs Partner Up in Double-Punch Security Threat

From TrickBot to Ryuk, more malware cybercriminal groups are putting their heads together when attacking businesses.

Podcast: Ransomware Attacks Exploded in Q4 2020

Researchers said they saw a seven-times increase in ransomware activity in the fourth quarter of 2020, across various families – from Ryuk to Egregor.

Protecting Sensitive Cardholder Data in Today’s Hyper-Connected World

Retailers that lacked significant digital presence pre-COVID are now reaching new audiences through e-commerce sites that are accessible anytime, from anywhere, on any device.

Cyberattacks Launch Against Vietnamese Human-Rights Activists

Vietnam joins the ranks of governments using spyware to crack down on human-rights defenders.

Health Website Leaks 8 Million COVID-19 Test Results

A teenaged ethical hacker discovered a flawed endpoint associated with a health-department website in the state of Bengal, which exposed personally identifiable information related to test results.

Malicious Mozilla Firefox Extension Allows Gmail Takeover

The malicious extension, FriarFox, snoops in on both Firefox and Gmail-related data.

Cisco Warns of Critical Auth-Bypass Security Flaw

Cisco also stomped out a critical security flaw affecting its Nexus 3000 Series Switches and Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches.

Tax Season Ushers in Quickbooks Data-Theft Spike

Quickbooks malware targets tax data for attackers to sell and use in phishing scams.

Mozilla Patches Bugs in Firefox, Now Blocks Cross-Site Cookie Tracking

Mozilla said its Total Cookie Protection feature in Firefox 86 prevents invasive, cross-site cookie tracking.

VMWare Patches Critical RCE Flaw in vCenter Server

The vulnerability, one of three patched by the company this week, could allow threat actors to breach the external perimeter of a data center or leverage backdoors already installed to take over a system.

Nvidia’s Anti-Cryptomining Chip May Not Discourage Attacks

The hotly anticipated ray-tracing, advanced gaming graphics chip will throttle Ethereum mining.

Microsoft Lures Populate Half of Credential-Swiping Phishing Emails

As more organizations migrate to Office 365, cybercriminals are using Outlook, Teams and other Microsoft-themed phishing lures to swipe user credentials.

Dairy Giant Lactalis Targeted by Hackers

France-based dairy giant Lactalis revealed last week that it was targeted by hackers, but claimed that it had found no evidence of a data breach. The company said a malicious third party attempted to breach its computer network, but it...
Graham Cluley

Crypto firm Tether says it won’t pay $24 million ransom after being threatened with document leak

Controversial cryptocurrency developer Tether says it will not give in to extortionists who are demanding a 500 Bitcoin ransom payment (currently worth approximately US $24 million).
Bruce Schneier

Mysterious Macintosh Malware

This is weird: Once an hour, infected Macs check a control server to see if there are any new commands the malware should run or binaries to execute. So far, however, researchers have yet to observe delivery of any payload...

What Did I Just Read? A Conversation With the Authors of '2034'

Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis discuss their inspirations, personal experiences, and what keeps them up at night.

2034, Part VI: Crossing the Red Line

“Eventually, the Americans would find them. But by then it would be too late.”