Intel and Cisco are among the thousands of SolarWinds Orion customers that were running a Trojanized version of the security software. FireEye, together with Microsoft and GoDaddy, have devised a "kill switch" to disrupt attackers' ability to access the malware on at least some infected systems.
Five U.S. government agencies have been hit so far via a sophisticated supply chain attack. The intrusions appear linked to subverted software updates for SolarWinds' Orion network monitoring product, which is widely used by businesses and the U.S. government.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has upheld its designation of Chinese telecom company Huawei as a national security threat, rejecting the firm's appeal of the ruling. Meanwhile, it's starting proceedings that could revoke China Telecom's permission to provide communications services within the U.S.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of why the FireEye breach is a wake-up call for the cybersecurity industry. Also featured: Monero cryptocurrency scams; key considerations for cloud security.
The Norwegian parliament's investigation into the hacking of email accounts of some elected officials and government employees in August has found that the Russia-linked group APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, is likely responsible.
A hacking group behind an Android spyware variant has recently added fresh capabilities that include the ability to snoop on private chats on Skype, Instagram and WhatsApp, according to ReversingLabs. This APT group, believed to be tied to Iran, has recently been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department.
FireEye, one of the world's top cybersecurity firms, says attackers stole its penetration testing tools and sought information about government clients. But FireEye doesn't believe the suspected nation-state hackers exfiltrated any data.
Another federal judge is blocking the Trump administration's attempt to ban the Chinese-made social media app TikTok from being used in the U.S. The White House claims that the data the app collects on American users poses a national security threat.
Hackers with possible links to Iran appear to have breached an unprotected human-machine interface system at an Israeli water reservoir that connected directly to the internet. The system appeared to lack security protocols, according to researchers with Otorio.
The U.S. National Security Agency is warning that Russian state-sponsored threat actors are attempting to exploit a known vulnerability in several VMware products, according to an alert. Federal agencies are urged to apply fixes as soon as possible.
The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee have issued a warning about the national security threats posed by the Chinese government. The statement follows an opinion article published by DNI Director John Ratcliffe that called out China's cyber and other capabilities.
As part of a cyberespionage campaign, the Russian hacking group known as Turla deployed a backdoor called "Crutch" that uses Dropbox resources to help gather stolen data, according to the security firm ESET.
Check Point Research has identified new variants of the long-dormant Bandook spyware that are being used for espionage campaigns across the world targeting government, financial, energy, food industry, healthcare, education, IT and legal organizations.