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Kaspersky security experts have discovered new malware targeting Microsoft Exchange servers belonging to several organizations worldwide. Dubbed “SessionManager” and first spotted by the company in early 2022, the backdoor enables threat actors to keep “persistent, update-resistant and rather stealth access to the IT infrastructure of a targeted organization.” According to Kaspersky, once propagated, SessionManager would enable
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An ex-Canadian government employee pleaded guilty in Florida court earlier this week to charges of involvement with the NetWalker ransomware group. Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins, 34, was accused of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and wire fraud, as well as intentional damage to a protected computer and transmitting a demand concerning damaging a protected computer. Vachon-Desjardins was extradited in March, following
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A group of security researchers from Abuse.ch and ThreatFox launched a new hub for scanning and hunting files. Dubbed YARAify, the defensive tool is designed to scan suspicious files against a large repository of YARA rules. “YARA is an open source tool for pattern matching,” Abuse.ch founder Roman Hüssy said in an interview with The Daily Swig. “It allows anyone […]
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An analysis from cybersecurity firm Cyble has found over 900,000 Kubernetes (K8s) exposed across the internet and thus vulnerable to malicious scans and/or data-exposing cyberattacks. The researchers clarified that while not all exposed instances are vulnerable to attacks or the loss of sensitive data, these misconfiguration practices might make companies lucrative targets for threat actors (TA) in
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by Paul Ducklin Sadly, over the years, we’ve needed to write numerous Naked Security warnings about romance scammers and sextortionists. Although those are general-sounding terms, they’ve come to refer to two specific sorts of online crime: Romance scamming. This typically refers to a long-game confidence trick in which cybercriminals court your online friendship under a
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by Paul Ducklin Another day, another De-Fi (decentralised finance) attack. This time, online smart contract company Harmony, which pitches itself as an “open and fast blockchain”, has been robbed of more than $80,000,000’s worth of Ether cryptocoins. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly, depending on your point of view), if visit Harmony’s website, you’ll probably end up totally
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An unidentified hacker group has stolen more than $100m from Californian cryptocurrency firm Harmony. The company made the announcement last Thursday in a Twitter thread, saying they had identified a theft occurring on the Horizon bridge amounting to approximately $100m. “We have begun working with national authorities and forensic specialists to identify the culprit and retrieve the
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The second day of InfoSecurity Europe 2022 saw Geoff White, investigative journalist and author of Penguin Books’ The Lazarus Heist, discuss how government-sponsored cyber-attackers increasingly interact with organized crime gangs, operating seamlessly on a global scale. White also touched upon the emerging world of cryptocurrency theft. In illuminating the increasing connection between cybersecurity and geopolitical
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The closing keynote discussion of the InfoSecurity Europe 2022 conference was titled ‘Next Generation, Next Challenges, New Opportunities’ and was moderated by Eleanor Dallaway, editorial director of Infosecurity Magazine. Dallaway was joined onstage by specialists Marc Avery, CISO & director, Cyber Chain Alliance, Jonathan Kidd, global CISO, Computershare and Chris Green, head of PR and
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by Paul Ducklin If you’re an OpenSSL user, you’re probably aware of the most recent high-profile bugfix release, which came out back in March 2022. That fix brought us OpenSSS 3.0.2 and 1.1.1n, updates for the two current fully-supported flavours of the product. (There’s a legacy version, 1.0.2, but updates to that version are only
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On the third and final day of InfoSecurity Europe 2022, Sarb Sembhi, global CISO of Aireye, moderated the keynote panel discussion titled ‘Boosting SME’s Cyber Security Strategy.’ Sembhi was accompanied by fellow experts Milos Pesic, vice president of InfoSec & CyberSec at Marken, Diane Abela, chief information security officer at AccuRx and Vincent Blake, VP, digital technology security officer &
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by Paul Ducklin LISTEN NOW Click-and-drag on the soundwaves below to skip to any point. You can also listen directly on Soundcloud. [00’22”] Duck gets behind the Ducks. [01’34”] 2000 phone scammers arrested in Interpol action. [11’12”] A three-year-old hacking case ends in conviction. [17’13”] Canadian financial company picks up enormous data breach fine. With
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Organizations are still neglecting to secure their supply chains, according to panellists at a session during Infosecurity Europe 2022. Panel chair and security consultant Peter Yapp warned that fewer than 10% of organizations have reviewed their suppliers’ security. “Attacks on the supply chain will only increase,” he said. Firms face a growing volume of attacks
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Organizations face three emerging threats that compromise identities, exploit the use of accomplices or insiders and evade current detection and defenses, according to security researcher Oliver Rochford. During his insight stage talk at Infosecurity Europe, Rochford, security evangelist at Securonix, said that a growing number of criminal groups are acting as initial access brokers (IABs).
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Content management system (CMS) provider WordPress has forcibly updated over a million sites to patch a critical vulnerability affecting the Ninja Forms plugin. The flaw was spotted by the Wordfence threat intelligence team in June and documented in an advisory by the company on Thursday. In the document, Wordfence said the code injection vulnerability made it
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A California man was sentenced to time in prison Wednesday after hacking thousands of iCloud accounts, stealing people’s nude images and videos and sharing them with conspirators. Hao Kuo Chi, acting under the online name of ‘icloudripper4you’, would have illegally obtained the iCloud credentials of approximately 4700 victims and shared their content with other people
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Microsoft added a new known issue affecting its operating systems’ Wi-Fi hotspot feature to its official Health Dashboard page. Affecting Windows 10 and 11 machines, the bug would have been introduced with a Windows update the company released earlier this month. “After installing KB5014697, Windows devices might be unable [to] use the Wi-Fi hotspot feature.”
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A group of cybersecurity researchers from Dr. Web claims to have spotted a number of apps on the Google Play Store in May with built-in adware and information-stealing malware. The most dangerous of these apps, according to the report, is spyware tools capable of stealing information from other apps’ notifications, mainly to capture one-time two-factor authentication (2FA) one-time
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Free VPN software provider BeanVPN has reportedly left almost 20GB of connection logs accessible to the public, according to an investigation by Cybernews. The cache of 18.5GB connection logs allegedly contained more than 25 million records, which included user device and Play Service IDs, connection timestamps, IP addresses and more. Cybernews said it found the