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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22 Aug 2019

China is Spying on Cancer Research

The three biggest cyber threats to healthcare organizations are cyber espionage, data theft and destructive cyber attacks, a new FireEye report indicates. According to the study, threat actors are selling numerous compromised healthcare databases on underground forums, most of which costs less than $2,000. These databases contain the personally identifiable

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02 Jul 2019

OceanLotus APT Uses New Ratsnif Trojan for Network Attacks

Researchers with Blackberry Cylance recently studied four variants of the Ratsnif remote access Trojan used by Vietnamese advanced persistent threat (APT) group OceanLotus  (aka APT32, CobaltKitty, SeaLotus, and APT-C-00). The research shows that OceanLotus is continuously adding new capabilities to Ratsnif. The relatively unknown Trojan, which is used by OceanLotus

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06 Jun 2019

Vietnam Cyber Threat: Government-Linked Hackers Ramping Up Attacks

A new report by IntSights identifies Vietnam as a rising cyber threat due to increased activity of state-backed hacking groups like APT32 (OceanLotus) and APT-C-01 (Poison Ivy), as well as a growing cybercrime scene. Earlier this year, Vietnam introduced new cybersecurity legislation that intends to increase the government’s digital censorship

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28 Dec 2018

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Enters Into Force without USA on December 30

With Australia’s ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade agreement, the agreement between 11 countries will go into effect at the end of December. Current signatories include Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico, and Canada, while Brunei, Chile, Peru, Vietnam, and Malaysia were a part of the

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24 Aug 2018

China and Vietnam bust major drug smuggling ring

China and Vietnam arrested over 480 people in a join effort against a major transnational heroin smuggling network operating in the region. China has increased drug policing efforts as drug abuse continues to rise across the country.  Source: China and Vietnam bust major drug smuggling ring | Asia Times

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10 Jul 2018

Vietnam activists switching from Facebook to “Minds” after government crackdown on free speech

A new law in Vietnam would, starting January 1st, require internet companies to remove content critical of the government and provide data to the government upon request. In response to the legislation and ongoing complaints of content removal on Facebook, over 100,000 activists and social media users in the country

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