Google Says ISPs Helped Attackers Infect Targeted Smartphones with Hermit Spyware

24 June 2022

A week after it emerged that sophisticated mobile spyware dubbed Hermit was used by the government of Kazakhstan within its borders, Google said it has notified Android users of infected devices. Additionally, necessary changes have been implemented in Google Play Protect — Android’s built-in malware defense service — to protect all users, Benoit Sevens and […]

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Multiple Backdoored Python Libraries Caught Stealing AWS Secrets and Keys

24 June 2022

Researchers have discovered a number of malicious Python packages in the official third-party software repository that are engineered to exfiltrate AWS credentials and environment variables to a publicly exposed endpoint. The list of packages includes loglib-modules, pyg-modules, pygrata, pygrata-utils, and hkg-sol-utils, according to Sonatype security researcher Ax Sharma. The packages and as well as the […]

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State-Backed Hackers Using Ransomware as a Decoy for Cyber Espionage Attacks

24 June 2022

A China-based advanced persistent threat (APT) group is possibly deploying short-lived ransomware families as a decoy to cover up the true operational and tactical objectives behind its campaigns. The activity cluster, attributed to a hacking group dubbed Bronze Starlight by Secureworks, involves the deployment of post-intrusion ransomware such as LockFile, Atom Silo, Rook, Night Sky, […]

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New ‘Quantum’ Builder Lets Attackers Easily Create Malicious Windows Shortcuts

24 June 2022

A new malware tool that enables cybercriminal actors to build malicious Windows shortcut (.LNK) files has been spotted for sale on cybercrime forums. Dubbed Quantum Lnk Builder, the software makes it possible to spoof any extension and choose from over 300 icons, not to mention support UAC and Windows SmartScreen bypass as well as “multiple […]

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Log4Shell Still Being Exploited to Hack VMWare Servers to Exfiltrate Sensitive Data

24 June 2022

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), along with the Coast Guard Cyber Command (CGCYBER), on Thursday released a joint advisory warning of continued attempts on the part of threat actors to exploit the Log4Shell flaw in VMware Horizon servers to breach target networks. “Since December 2021, multiple threat actor groups have exploited Log4Shell […]

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NSO Confirms Pegasus Spyware Used by at least 5 European Countries

23 June 2022

The beleaguered Israeli surveillanceware vendor NSO Group this week admitted to the European Union lawmakers that its Pegasus tool was used by at least five countries in the region. “We’re trying to do the right thing and that’s more than other companies working in the industry,” Chaim Gelfand, the company’s general counsel and chief compliance […]

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Manual vs. SSPM: Research on What Streamlines SaaS Security Detection & Remediation

23 June 2022

When it comes to keeping SaaS stacks secure, IT and security teams need to be able to streamline the detection and remediation of misconfigurations in order to best protect their SaaS stack from threats. However, while companies adopt more and more apps, their increase in SaaS security tools and staff has lagged behind, as found […]

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Chinese Hackers Distributing SMS Bomber Tool with Malware Hidden Inside

23 June 2022

A threat cluster with ties to a hacking group called Tropic Trooper has been spotted using a previously undocumented malware coded in Nim language to strike targets as part of a newly discovered campaign. The novel loader, dubbed Nimbda, is “bundled with a Chinese language greyware ‘SMS Bomber’ tool that is most likely illegally distributed […]

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Critical PHP Vulnerability Exposes QNAP NAS Devices to Remote Attacks

23 June 2022

QNAP, Taiwanese maker of network-attached storage (NAS) devices, on Wednesday said it’s in the process of fixing a critical three-year-old PHP vulnerability that could be abused to achieve remote code execution. “A vulnerability has been reported to affect PHP versions 7.1.x below 7.1.33, 7.2.x below 7.2.24, and 7.3.x below 7.3.11 with improper nginx config,” the […]

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Researchers Uncover Ways to Break the Encryption of ‘MEGA’ Cloud Storage Service

22 June 2022

A new piece of research from academics at ETH Zurich has identified a number of critical security issues in the MEGA cloud storage service that could be leveraged to break the confidentiality and integrity of user data. In a paper titled “MEGA: Malleable Encryption Goes Awry,” the researchers point out how MEGA’s system does not […]

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