01 Nov 2019

Calypso APT Emerges from the Shadows to Target Governments

Security researchers with Positive Technologies have been tracking the activities of a previously unknown advanced persistent threat (APT) group called Calypso since March of this year. Calypso, which is believed to have been operating since at least 2016, uses a custom remote access Trojan (RAT) in order to target government

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30 Oct 2019

WhatsApp Sues Israeli Firm NSO Over Cyberespionage

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is suing Israeli spyware vendor NSO Group over the firm’s alleged involvement in cyberespionage campaigns targeting journalists, human rights defenders and others via the popular messaging app. According to WhatsApp, an investigation found that NSO Group attempted to exploit the messaging app in order to install malware on

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29 Oct 2019

Microsoft Warns of Cyberattacks Against Anti-Doping Orgs

A new report by Microsoft shows that notorious state-backed Russian hacking group Fancy Bear (aka APT28, Strontium, Sofacy, Sednit, Tsar Team, and Sandworm) has launched “significant cyberattacks” targeting at least 16 anti-doping and sporting organizations in various countries across the globe. The campaign began on September 16. In 2018, Russia’s

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25 Oct 2019

House Republicans’ national security-threatening impeachment stunt, explained by an expert

A security expert on Wednesday warned that when two dozen Republican lawmakers stormed the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) in the Capitol earlier this week because they were unhappy with the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry, they effectively put national security at risk. Mieke Eoyang, who used to work at the SCIF,

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24 Oct 2019

Mobile malware increasingly being used for espionage by state-sponsored groups

A new report by BlackBerry shows that advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are relying on mobile malware to a much larger extent then previous research has suggested. In the context of cyber espionage campaigns, state-backed hackers increasingly use mobile malware in combination with traditional malware. Reasons for the growing use

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23 Oct 2019

Czech authorities dismantle alleged Russian cyber-espionage network

In late 2018, Czech law enforcement took down a Russian cyber espionage network set up by Russia’s intelligence agency (the FSB) and Russia’s embassy in Prague, the Czech government announced earlier this week. Russian spies had established a number of hardware and software firms in the country and used the

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22 Oct 2019

Chinese Hackers Use new Microsoft SQL Server Backdoor Malware

Chinese state-backed hackers have been using a malware tool that enables them to access Microsoft SQL Server (MSSQL) systems using a special password and subsequently maintain a presence on those systems without getting detected. The threat actor, known as APT 41, Winnti Group, Blackfly/Suckfly, Wicked Panda and BARIUM, has been

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21 Oct 2019

NSA And NCSC Warning: Russian Hackers Disguised As Iranian Spies Attacked 35 Countries

The US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) warned on Monday that the Russian state-backed hacking group Turla (aka Snake or Uroburos) has been impersonating Iranian state-sponsored hackers in a campaign targeting organizations in the US, the UK and 33 other countries, many of

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18 Oct 2019

Researchers reveal the cyber campaign that built China’s new airliner

A new report by CrowdStrike exposes a Chinese cyber espionage campaign that took place over the course of five years and eventually enabled the state-owned Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) to build the C919 airliner, which should cost less than half the price of similar airliners produced by Airbus

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17 Oct 2019

Warning: Russian Hackers Break Into European Embassy In Washington

A new study by ESET shows that the Russian state-backed hacking group Cozy Bear, which has been linked to the notorious Democratic National Committee (DNC) hack during the 2016 US Presidential elections, has breached the embassy of a European Union (EU) member state in Washington, D.C. In addition, the group

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