22 Jan 2020

Journalist Glenn Greenwald charged with hacking by Brazil prosecutors

Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of the investigative news website The Intercept, has been accused of cybercrimes by the Brazilian government. The charges are linked to the hacking of the phones belonging to senior government officials in the country. Six other individuals are being accused alongside Greenwald. The Brazilian prosecution service stated that the

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14 Nov 2019

This unusual new ransomware is going after servers

An unusual ransomware named PureLocker by cybersecurity analysts has been targeting enterprise servers. PureLocker is written in PureBasic, which easily targets different platforms as it is transferable between Linux, OS-X, and Windows. Attacks are launched against the targets, holding them hostage until cryptocurrency ransom is paid; often hundreds of thousands

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22 Oct 2019

Cybercriminals as the Russian State’s Deniable Proxies

Putin’s Russia has demonstrated a penchant for relying on proxies to provide a degree of deniability while pursuing its military objectives. As noted in Christoph Zürcher’s book The post-Soviet wars: Rebellion, ethnic conflict and nationhood in the Caucasus, Putin’s popularity emerged in large part due to his successful resolution of the conflict with Chechnya, which he achieved by co-opting the Kadyrov warlords. More recently, Putin has relied on not only deniable Russian forces, but also proxies within Ukraine. Still, blunders by Russian private military companies like the Wagner Group and Slavonic Corps in Syria have demonstrated how this deniability can backfire.

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26 Jun 2019

New Silex malware is bricking IoT devices, has scary plans

A researcher with Akamai has uncovered a highly destructive campaign that is rendering thousands of Internet-of-things (IoT) devices useless by wiping their firmware. The malware used to “brick” IoT devices is a new strain called Silex. While the functionality of targeted devices can technically be restored by reinstalling the firmware,

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07 Jun 2019

New GoldBrute Botnet is Trying to Hack 1.5 Million RDP Servers

A researcher with Morphus Labs has uncovered a botnet that is scanning the Internet for Windows machines that have a poorly secured Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connection enabled. The botnet, dubbed GoldBrute, tries to obtain access to vulnerable machines by launching brute-forcing and credential stuffing attacks. GoldBrute has already identified

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18 Mar 2019

Google Took Down 2.3 Billion Bad Ads in 2018

Figures released by Google last week highlight how widespread cybercrime has become. Last year, the company took down 2.3 billion bad ads, 58.8 million of which were phishing ads. 207,000 of the adds were for ticket resellers and over 531,000 for bail bonds. Google stepped up its efforts to fight

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12 Mar 2019

Cryptominers Remain Top Threat but Coinhive’s Exit Could Change That

A new report by Check Point shows that cryptominers, i.e. malware that hijacks the processing power of infected systems in order to mine cryptocurrency, remained the dominant malware threat in February. As was true throughout 2018, the number one threat was Coinhive, a cryptomining software developed for legitimate purposes but

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31 Aug 2018

Scammers threaten to review bomb a travel company unless it pays ransom

“One company says a group is attempting to extort it with the threat of spreading a wave of fake, negative reviews and complaints across Instagram and Twitter. ‘We are experts in destroying personal or company reputation online,’ the group, calling itself STD Company, wrote to its targets, according to a

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04 Jun 2018

Security Researcher Resisted Urge to Cash Out Cybercriminals $17m Bitcoin Wallet

In describing the intelligence value to be derived in analyzing cryptocurrency transactions, security professional John Bambenek shared with the AUSCERT security conference his experience finding a cybercriminal’s private wallet key accidentally uploaded to VirusTotal. “On a whim, Bambenek searched Virus Total’s online repository of malware and other files for those

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