Researchers uncovered a never-before-seen advanced threat actor dubbed Metador targeting telecommunications, internet service providers and universities in several countries in the Middle East and Africa for cyberespionage. They found two different Windows-based malware platforms.
Australian telecommunications giant Optus is warning that current and former customers' personal details were exposed, including some driver's license and passport details, but no passwords or financial details, after it suffered a major data breach.
The LockBit group has paid the first payment of $50,000 as part of its bug bounty program for researchers willing to aid in cybercriminality. The group had announced that it will pay individuals who find exploitable vulnerabilities in the software it uses to maliciously encrypt files.
Password manager LastPass says the attackers behind the August security incident had access to its systems for four days. LastPass CEO Karim Toubba, sharing details about last month's breach, confirms that there is no evidence of any threat actor activity beyond the established timeline.
After an international law enforcement operation shuttered stolen data forum RaidForums in February, one of its power users launched a replacement called Breached. Within months, the English-language forum has amassed more stolen records and nearly as many users as its predecessor.
The Lazarus Group, a North Korean advanced persistent threat gang, recently targeted energy companies in Canada, the U.S. and Japan to establish long-term access into victim networks to conduct espionage operations by deploying custom-built malware implants VSingle, YamaBot and MagicRAT.
The latest ISMG Security Report discusses a new phishing-as-a-service toolkit designed to bypass multifactor authentication, the decision by Lloyd's of London to exclude nation-state attacks from cyber insurance policies, and challenges at Okta after it acquired customer identity giant Auth0.
The operators behind banking Trojan SharkBot are distributing an updated version of the malware on now-deactivated malicious applications on Google Play. Called Mister Phone Cleaner and Kylhavy Mobile Security, the apps have been downloaded 10,000 and 50,000 times, respectively, says Fox-IT.
In the latest weekly update, four Information Security Media Group editors discuss key cybersecurity issues, including the high cost of BEC scams, a Cuba ransomware gang's attack on Montenegro, and why so many hacktivists couldn't overcome the technical ennui of the Russia-Ukraine cyberwar.
Chinese intelligence is conducting cyberespionage campaigns targeting corporations involved with energy extraction in the South China Sea, researchers say. Proofpoint and PwC conclude with moderate confidence the campaign is the work of the threat actor known as TA423 or Red Ladon.
As ransomware continues to pummel organizations left, right and center, two states have responded by banning certain types of ransom payments, and more look set to soon follow suit. But experts warn such bans could have "terrible consequences," leading to costlier and more complicated recovery.
Food delivery firm DoorDash says its customers and employees have been impacted by the phishing attack on its third-party service provider. DoorDash says it experienced "unusual and suspicious activity" on its third-party vendor's computer network that was a victim of a phishing campaign.
Ransomware karma: The notorious LockBit 3.0 ransomware gang's site has been disrupted via a days-long distributed-denial-of-service attack, with administrator LockBitSupp reporting that it appears to be retribution for the gang leaking files stolen from a recent victim: security firm Entrust.
Domain name registrars track domain name owners via "whois" data, which is a crucial tool for investigators combating cybercrime. But Kroll's Alan Brill says that since the EU General Data Protection Regulation went into effect, many registrars no longer publicly share such information, and that's a problem.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report discusses how ransomware groups continue to refine their shakedown tactics and monetization models, highlights from this year's Black Hat conference and why helping those below the "InfoSec poverty line" matters to businesses.