The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of Donald Trump's comments about "the server" in a discussion with the president of Ukraine. Also: insights on "privacy by design" and highlights of ISMG's Cybersecurity Summit in Toronto.
The Russia-based cyberespionage group Fancy Bear, which has led high-profile cyberattacks against governments and embassies over the last several years, has launched a phishing campaign that includes a redesigned backdoor, according to research from security firm ESET.
Why did U.S. President Donald Trump discuss cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike with the president of Ukraine, saying "the server, they say Ukraine has it"? Experts say Trump appears to be referring to one or more conspiracy theories, none of which have a basis in reality.
APT groups that are backed by the Russian government rarely share code with each other, fostering a competitive landscape, according to a new report. This shows that Russia is willing to push the limits of its sophisticated cyber capabilities, researchers conclude.
A newly discovered remote access Trojan called Dtrack has been targeting banks in India for well over a year, Kaspersky researchers say. The malware, which can steal data from ATMs and doubles as a cyberespionage tool, appears to be linked to North Korea's Lazarus Group.
Russian national Andrei Tyurin pleaded guilty to perpetrating massive hack attacks against leading U.S. financial services firms and others from 2012 to mid-2015. Victims included JPMorgan Chase, from which he stole details of 83 million customer accounts.
A hacker group called Tortoiseshell has been hitting targets in the Middle East since at least July 2018, apparently targeting IT service providers to gain access to many potential targets at once. The campaign is fresh proof that criminals and nation-state attackers alike continue to favor supply chain attacks.
Facebook announced this week that it has removed hundreds of fake accounts and pages. The majority of these originated in Ukraine or Iraq and used phony user identifications to spread misinformation in an attempt to influence local politics, the company says.
U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., are asking the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider operating licenses granted to two Chinese telecommunications companies, citing concerns over national security and foreign espionage.
The Canadian government has arrested a senior intelligence official on charges of working as a mole. He was reportedly unmasked after investigators found someone had pitched stolen secrets to the CEO of Phantom Secure, a secure smartphone service marketed to criminals that authorities shuttered last year.
As part of the U.S. government's continuing efforts to highlight the North Korean government's cyberattacks, the U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned three alleged North Korean hacking groups that have been blamed for the WannaCry ransomware, online bank heists and destructive malware attacks.
"Cobalt Dickens," a threat group with suspected ties to Iran, is continuing its attempts to steal intellectual property from schools and universities, according to an analysis by SecureWorks. The group's work continues even though several alleged members have been indicted by the Justice Department.
A Chinese advanced persistent threat group dubbed "Thrip" has attacked at least 12 organizations in Southeast Asia since being exposed last year, Symantec researchers say. The group appears to be linked to Billbug, another Chinese APT group that has been around for a decade.
Apple is criticizing recent Google research that describes an expansive iPhone hacking campaign, accusing Google of "stoking fear" among users of its products. Google says it stands by its blog post, which focused on technical findings.
A hacking group known as APT5 - believed to be affiliated with the Chinese government - has been targeting serious flaws in Pulse Secure and Fortinet SSL VPNs for more than six weeks, security experts warn. Exploiting the flaws could enable attackers to gain full, remote access to targeted networks.