Thursday, October 29, 2020
The CyberWire Podcast

Familiar threat actors are back in the news. Big Tech’s testimony on Capitol Hill had less to do with Section 230 than many had foreseen.

Some familiar threat actors--both nation-states and criminal gangs--return to the news: Venomous Bear, Charming Kitten, Wizard Spider, and Maze. Mike Benjamin from Lumen looks at the Mozi malware family. Our guest...
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Warnings about the DPRK’s Kimsuky Group. Election security in the US during the endgame. Section 220 and Big Tech. Another guilty plea in the eBay-related cyberstalking case.

US authorities warn that North Korea’s Kimsuky APT is out and about and bent on espionage, with a little cryptojacking on the side. As the US elections enter their endgame, observers...
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Election phishing, without hook, but with line and sinker? Data breaches, and the importance of prompt disclosure. Misplaced hacktivist sympathy.

EI-ISAC reports a curious election-related phishing campaign, widespread, but indifferently coordinated and without an obvious motive. Nitro discloses a “low impact security incident.” A breach at a law firm affects current...
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Russian research institute sanctioned for its role in Triton/Trisis. Coordinated inauthenticity in Myanmar. Clean Network program update. Major data breach in Finland.

The US Treasury Department sanctions a Russian research institute for its role in the Triton/Trisis ICS malware attacks. Coordinated inauthenticity with a commercial as well as a political purpose. The Clean...
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Sal Aurigemma: How things work. [Education] [Career Notes]

Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at the University of Tulsa Sal Aurigemma shares how his interest in how things worked shaped his career path in nuclear power and computers, Being...
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Just saying there are attacks is not enough. [Research Saturday]

Ben-Gurion University researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence technique that will protect medical devices from malicious operating instructions in a cyberattack as well as other human and system errors. Complex...
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The Perfect Weapon – An Interview with David Sanger

Under show notes you can put: This interview from October 23rd, 2020 originally aired as a shortened version on the CyberWire Daily Podcast. In this extended interview, Rick Howard speaks with...
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Energetic Bear’s battlespace preparation. Selling voter and consumer personal data. GRU, Qods Force sanctioned. How they knew that Iran dunnit.

Energetic Bear is back, and maybe getting ready to go berserk in a network near you, Mr. and Mrs. United States. Someone’s selling publicly available voter and consumer information on the...
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Recent email threats to US voters appear to be an Iranian operation. Notes on cyberespionage and influence operations. Hold the “blatant Russophobia,” TASS?

Emailed election threats to US voters are identified as an Iranian influence operation, disruptive, and so more in the Russian style. Both Iran and Russia appear to be preparing direct marketing...
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TrickBot’s return is interrupted. Election rumor control. Supply chain security. Securing the Olympics. NSS Labs closes down.

TrickBot came back, but so did its nemesis from Redmond--Microsoft and its partners have taken down most of the new infrastructure the gang reestablished. CISA publishes election rumor control. The Cyberspace...
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International cyberespionage: China and Russia versus the Five Eyes and others. Google faces an anti-trust suit. Abandonware.

America’s NSA reviews twenty-five vulnerabilities under active exploitation by Chinese intelligence services. The UK’s NCSC accuses the GRU of more international cyberattacks. The US Justice Department brings its long-expected anti-trust suit...
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Influence operations and cyber probes of presidential campaigns. TrickBot’s recovery. Remote learning woes. Port facilities in Iran reported to have been targeted in cyberattacks.

Updates on influence ops and campaign hacking show that the opposition has its troubles, too. TrickBot operators seem to have returned to business. Schools’ remote learning programs are providing attractive targets...
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Rosa Smothers: Secure the planet. [Career Notes]

Senior VP of Cyber Operations at KnowBe4, Rosa Smothers, talks about her career as an early cybersecurity professional in what she describes as the Wild, Wild West to her path through...
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Intentionally not drawing attention. [Research Saturday]

Bitdefender researchers recently uncovered a sophisticated APT-style attack targeting an international architectural and video production company. The attack shows signs of industrial espionage, similar to another of Bitdefender’s recent investigations of...
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Disinformation, foreign and domestic. Content moderation, always harder than it seems. US Cyber Command’s defend forward doctrine.

Tehran says this week’s cyberattacks are under investigation. Silent Librarian returns to campus for academic year 2020-2021. Crooks are posing as nation-state hackers. Domestic disinformation reported in Guinea and Ghana. Disinformation,...
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Google Safari Workaround case inspires campaign to sue Facebook in UK’s High Court over Cambridge Analytica app

'Facebook You Owe Us' wants to run a not-quite-class-action-style lawsuit A campaign to sue Facebook over lax privacy policies that allowed Cambridge Analytica to slurp almost a million people's personal data from the social networking website hopes to become...

Hackers are on the hunt for Oracle servers vulnerable to potent exploit

Enlarge (credit: Victorgrigas) Hackers are scanning the Internet for machines that have yet to patch a recently disclosed flaw that force Oracle’s WebLogic server to execute malicious code, a researcher warned Wednesday night. Johannes Ullrich, dean of research at...

REvil Gang Promises a Big Video-Game Hit; Claims Massive Revenue

In a wide-ranging interview, a REvil leader said the gang is earing $100 million per year, and provided insights into the life of a cybercriminal.

Hackers Make Off With Millions From Wisconsin Republicans

According to the Wisconsin Republican Party, thieves used altered invoices to make off with $2.3 million in election funds.

Ransomware Group Targets Hospitals At Height Of Pandemic

The malware attacks also include data theft and the disruption of healthcare services, and appear to be timed to take advantage of the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.