Former Amazon Employee Found Guilty in 2019 Capital One Data Breach

A 36-year-old former Amazon employee was convicted of wire fraud and computer intrusions in the US for her role in the theft of personal data of no less than 100 million people in the 2019 Capital One breach. Paige Thompson, who operated under the online alias “erratic” and worked for the tech giant till 2016, … Read more

Chinese “Twisted Panda” Hackers Caught Spying on Russian Defense Institutes

At least two research institutes located in Russia and a third likely target in Belarus have been at the receiving end of an espionage attack by a Chinese nation-state advanced persistent threat (APT). The attacks, codenamed “Twisted Panda“come in the backdrop of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, prompting a wide range of threat actors to … Read more

Comprehensive, Easy Cybersecurity for Lean IT Security Teams Starts with XDR

Breaches don’t just happen to large enterprises. Threat actors are increasingly targeting small businesses. In fact, 43% of data breaches involved small to medium-sized businesses. But there is a glaring discrepancy. Larger businesses typically have the budget to keep their lights on if they are breached. Most small businesses (83%), however, do not have the … Read more

SideWinder Hackers Use Fake Android VPN Apps to Target Pakistani Entities

The threat actor known as SideWinder has added a new custom tool to its arsenal of malware that’s being used in phishing attacks against Pakistani public and private sector entities. “Phishing links in emails or posts that mimic legitimate notifications and services of government agencies and organizations in Pakistan are primary attack vectors of the … Read more

A Decade-Long Chinese Espionage Campaign Targets Southeast Asia and Australia

A previously undocumented Chinese-speaking advanced persistent threat (APT) actor dubbed Aoqin Dragon has been linked to a string of espionage-oriented attacks aimed at government, education, and telecom entities chiefly in Southeast Asia and Australia dating as far back as 2013. “Aoqin Dragon seeks initial access primarily through document exploits and the use of fake removable … Read more

Evil Corp Cybercrime Group Shifts to LockBit Ransomware to Evade Sanctions

The threat cluster dubbed UNC2165, which shares numerous overlaps with a Russia-based cybercrime group known as Evil Corp, has been linked to multiple LockBit ransomware intrusions in what’s seen as an attempt by the latter to get around sanctions imposed by the US Treasury in December. 2019. “These actors have shifted away from using exclusive … Read more

Researchers Warn of “Eternity Project” Malware Service Being Sold via Telegram

An unidentified threat actor has been linked to an actively in-development malware toolkit called the “Eternity Project” that lets professional and amateur cybercriminals buy stealers, clippers, worms, miners, ransomware, and a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) bot . What makes this malware-as-a-service (MaaS) stand out is that in addition to using a Telegram channel to communicate updates … Read more

How Hackers Choose Their Victims

Enforcing the “double-extortion” technique aka pay-now-or-get-breached emerged as a head-turner last year. May 6th, 2022 is a recent example. The State Department said the Conti strain of ransomware was the most costly in terms of payments made by victims as of January. Conti, a ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) program, is one of the most notorious ransomware groups … Read more

Watch Out! Researchers Spot New Microsoft Office Zero-Day Exploit in the Wild

Cybersecurity researchers are calling attention to a zero-day flaw in Microsoft Office that could be abused to achieve arbitrary code execution on affected Windows systems. The vulnerability came to light after an independent cybersecurity research team known as nao_sec uncovered a Word document (“05-2022-0438.doc”) that was uploaded to VirusTotal from an IP address in Belarus. … Read more

New XLoader Botnet Version Using Probability Theory to Hide its C&C Servers

An enhanced version of the XLoader malware has been spotted adopting a probability-based approach to camouflage its command-and-control (C&C) infrastructure, according to the latest research. “Now it is significantly harder to separate the wheat from the chaff and discover the real C&C servers among thousands of legitimate domains used by Xloader as a smokescreen,” Israeli … Read more