10 Oct 2019

Moroccan Activist Says NSO’s Elite Spy Tools Hacked His iPhone

A new report by Amnesty International accuses Israeli spyware vendor NSO Group of providing the Moroccan government with cyber espionage tools that were used to target a freedom of expression activist and a human rights lawyer in the country. The targets both received text messages containing malicious links that would

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07 Oct 2019

‘The Cyberthreat Handbook’ Released, Documents ‘Who’s Who’ of Attackers

A new report by Thales and Verint provides an extensive overview of the major threat groups operating in cyberspace. The study looks at the campaigns of around 60 hacking groups over a one-year period. About 50% of the actors under scrutiny were funded by governments and worked to steal confidential

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04 Oct 2019

Cyber-Spy Group Active Since 2013 Now Tied to Chinese State Actor

Researchers with Palo Alto Networks say that a hacking group dubbed “PKPLUG” was responsible for a number of previously unattributed cyber-espionage campaigns targeting people in various Asian countries. PKPLUG has been active since at least 2013 and has targeted individuals in Mongolia, Myanmar, Tibet, Vietnam, Indonesia and Taiwan as well as

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04 Oct 2019

New Android Cyberwarfare Attack Exposed—And It’s Hiding A Devious Twist

Earlier this week, the New York Times covered what it referred to as an “attack on Egyptian journalists, academics, lawyers, opposition politicians and human rights activists.” The report was based on recent research by Check Point, which in turn followed a report by Amnesty from March of this year. Check

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02 Oct 2019

Report: Cyber Criminals Target More Firms in Search of Bigger Paydays

Cyber crime groups were responsible for 61% of targeted cyber campaigns in the first six months of this year, with state-backed groups carrying out the remaining 39%, a recent CrowStrike study found. Last year, cyber crime accounted for no more than a quarter of these kinds of intrusion campaigns. According

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02 Oct 2019

Cisco Webex & Zoom Bug Lets Attackers Spy on Conference Calls

Zoom and Cisco Webex have each issued patches for a vulnerability impacting their web conferencing software. In July of this year, security researchers with CQ Prime Threat Research discovered that it would be possible for threat actors to view or listen to ongoing Zoom and Webex meetings if they were

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30 Sep 2019

New SIM card attack disclosed, similar to Simjacker

Security researchers from Ginno Security Labs have uncovered a new SMS-based attack that can be abused by cyber espionage actors to track users’ devices. The WIBattack takes advantage of vulnerabilities in the Wireless Internet Browser (WIB) app that runs on SIM cards. Earlier this month, research by AdaptiveMobile Security described

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30 Sep 2019

Masad Spyware Uses Telegram Bots for Command-and-Control

Researchers with Juniper Threat labs have uncovered a new spyware variant targeting Windows and Android systems. The malware, called the “Masad Clipper and Stealer,” not only gathers sensitive data after infecting a device, but is also capable of extracting funds from cryptocurrency wallets. The threat actors are controlling the spyware

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26 Sep 2019

Inside the campaign that tried to compromise Tibetans’ iOS and Android phones

Various Tibetan organizations were the targeted of a six-month cyber espionage campaign targeting iOS and Android devices, a new Citizen Lab report shows. Hackers from a threat group dubbed Poison Carp contacted individuals via WhatsApp, while masquerading as journalists and human rights researchers. The attackers used social engineering to encourage

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25 Sep 2019

Russian state hackers rarely share code with one another

Researchers with Check Point and Intezer Labs have analyzed 2,000 malware samples linked to Russian advanced persistent threat (APT) groups in order to find connections between the malware strains. While 22,000 such connections were found, the report indicates that hackers working for the Russian government usually do not share their

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