04 Jun 2019

Hackers steal student data from Australia’s top university

The Australian National University (ANU) has experienced a massive data breach in which hackers got hold of 19 years’ worth of sensitive information on ANU students, many of whom are now government officials. ANU announced the breach on Tuesday, saying that the attack had been carried out by “a sophisticated

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04 Jun 2019

New Iranian hacking tool leaked on Telegram

Lab Dookhtegan, the mysterious group that leaked hacking tools and information relating to the state-backed Iranian hacking group APT34 (aka OilRig, HelixKitten) in April, published a new Iranian hacking tool on Monday. Jason is a graphical user interface (GUI) program that can be used to carry out dictionary-based cracking attacks

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31 May 2019

Turla turns PowerShell into a weapon in attacks against EU diplomats

ESET researchers recently uncovered a new cyber espionage campaign by Turla, an advanced persistent threat (APT) group believed to operate from Russia. The hackers are using PowerShell scripts in order to go after diplomatic targets in the Eastern Europe. Turla has used PowerShell in previous campaigns, but it has now

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30 May 2019

Russia’s Would-Be Windows Replacement Gets a Security Upgrade

Earlier this week, we reported that China is developing a custom operating system (OS) for military computers in order to replace the Windows systems currently in use. It now seems that Russia is pursuing a similar strategy, since the Kremlin recently gave the domestically developed Astra Linux operating system the

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30 May 2019

Chinese Cyber-Spies Target Government Organizations in Middle East

Researchers with Palo Alto Networks have uncovered a new campaign by Chinese hackers that targets governments in the Middle East. The actor behind the attacks has been identified as Chinese cyber espionage group Emissary Panda (aka APT27, TG-3390, Bronze Union, and Lucky Mouse). Between April 1 and 16, Emissary Panda

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29 May 2019

NZ Treasury says systems ‘hacked’ ahead of Budget

The systems of the New Zealand Treasury were “deliberately and systematically hacked,” Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf said in a statement on Tuesday. The Treasury has asked the New Zealand police to investigate the incident. The announcement came after the National Party, the main opposition party, published documents containing information that

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29 May 2019

Flipboard Confirms It Was Hacked Twice: 150M Users At Risk As Passwords Stolen

News aggregation app Flipboard has acknowledged that threat actors obtained authorized access to its databases on two separate occasions earlier this year. A first breach occurred between June 2, 2018 and March 23, 2019, and a second on April 21 and 22 of this year. As a result, the personal

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28 May 2019

Chinese military to replace Windows OS amid fears of US hacking

China is reportedly working to develop a custom operating system (OS) for military computers in order to replace the Windows systems currently in use. The initiative follows a “security by obscurity” approach that aims to make it more difficult for US government hackers and other foreign threat actors to conduct

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24 May 2019

Russian Nation-State Hacking Unit’s Tools Get More Fancy

New research by ESET shows that the notorious Russian hacking group Fancy Bear (aka APT28, Sofacy, STRONTIUM, Sednit group) is rapidly increasing the sophistication of the cyber-espionage tools in its arsenal. The study found that Zebrocy malware, a key tool in Fancy Bear attack campaigns, contains over 30 commands to

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22 May 2019

It’s not just WhatsApp, most messaging apps likely have security vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity experts warn that the recent Whatsapp vulnerability that allowed cyberattacker to remotely install malicious software on mobile phones, is unlikely to be the only flaw of that kind affecting messaging applications. In fact, Tom Uren of the International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) believes that “pretty much the entire suite

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