10 Oct 2019

Researchers Discover Spy Platform with GSM Fingerprinting

An investigation by ESET has uncovered Attor, a previously unknown cyber-espionage platform that has been used by threat actors to carry out campaigns targeting government and diplomatic entities in Eastern Europe since at least 2013. Zuzana Hromcová of ESET said the attacks were “highly targeted at users of these Russian

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03 Oct 2019

Dutch police take down hornets’ nest of DDoS botnets

A “bulletproof” hosting provider used by cybercriminals to host dozens of Internet-of-things (IoT) botnets has been taken down by Dutch police. The company, called KV Solutions BV, was popular among cybercriminals because it refused to take action against its customers, even if they were using the hosting services for criminal

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30 Sep 2019

Cyber-Attacks Hit Defense Contractors in Europe and North America

Rheinmetall AG and Defence Construction Canada (DCC), both major defense contractors, were each at the receiving end of disruptive cyberattacks this month. Rheinmetall AG has been hit with what the firm referred to as “malware attacks” since September 24. As a result, the “normal production processes ” at company’s plants

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24 Sep 2019

Iran rejects fresh accusations over Saudi oil attack

France, Germany and the United Kingdom agree with previous claims the United States and Saudi Arabia that Iran was behind the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity. In a joint statement issued on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, German

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05 Sep 2019

Iran to develop centrifuges in further step away from nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that “all limitations on our research and development” of improved centrifuges for enriching uranium “will be lifted on Friday.” This will mark the third measure recently taken by Tehran in violation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Iran has already exceeded the amount

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02 Sep 2019

Iran says it will take ‘stronger step’ away from nuclear deal if Europe doesn’t act

Iran on Monday warned that it is ready to take a “stronger step” away from its commitments under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal if the European signatories to the agreement don’t “show enough determination” to salvage the agreement that was abandoned by the US last year. The Iran has already

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16 Aug 2019

ECB Says One of Its Websites Was Hacked, Data Possibly Captured

Earlier this year, a threat actor hacked the Banks’ Integrated Reporting Dictionary (BIRD) website of the European Central Bank and installed malware designed for phishing campaigns on the server of the third-party hosting provider. The ECB said the hackers may have obtained the names and email addresses of 481 subscribers

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14 Aug 2019

Facebook Paid Contractors to Transcribe Users’ Audio Chats

Facebook let hundreds of third-party contractors listen to snippets of user recordings, various insiders have said. The contractors were told to transcribe users’ conversations, but did not learn the purpose of their work nor how Facebook obtained the audio recordings. Last month, whistleblowers revealed similar practices at Apple and Google.

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29 Jul 2019

No More Ransom saves ransomware victims $108 million

In the three years since its launch, Europol’s No More Ransom initiative has helped over 200,000 ransomware victims regain access to their files without paying the attackers, thereby preventing $108 million in ransom payouts. No More Ransom offers 109 different decryptor tools, 14 of which were added in 2019. The

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19 Jul 2019

APT Targets Diplomats in Europe, Latin America

New research by ESET provides insights into the activity of the Ke3chang advanced persistent threat (APT) group that is believed to be operating out of China. Since 2015, Ke3chang has been targeting diplomatic entities in various countries across the globe, with a particular focus on Europe and Latin America. Ke3chang

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