Facebook has removed four networks - three from Iran and one from Russia - after its investigation revealed they were spreading misinformation regarding politics and news related to the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The action is part of a larger effort by the social media firm to clamp down on abuse.
Virtual private network provider NordVPN says an error by its Finish data center provider allowed an attacker to gain control of a server, but it says its broader service was not hacked. One security expert, however, says the attacker would have had "God mode" on one VPN node.
Turla, an advanced persistent threat group with apparent ties to Russia, seized attack infrastructure and tools used by OilRig, an Iranian APT group, U.K. and U.S. intelligence agencies have jointly reported. They say Turla used the coopted infrastructure to conduct its own reconnaissance and attacks.
A British judge has denied WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's request to delay a five-day hearing, slated to begin Feb. 25, on whether he should be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges.
ESET researchers have uncovered a new cybercriminal scheme that uses a trojanized version of the Tor browser for stealing bitcoins from darknet users. So far, the scam has netted about $40,000 in virtual currency, the security firm says.
Sodinokibi/REvil appears to be making millions since it seized the ransomware-as-a-service mantle from GandCrab earlier this year. Security firm McAfee says up to 40 percent of every victim's ransom payment - average: $4,000 - gets remitted to the Sodinokibi actor, with "affiliates" keeping the rest.
While the Russian-linked hacking group known as The Dukes, Cozy Bear and APT29 in recent years appeared to have gone somewhat quiet, researchers from ESET report that the hackers have been targeting various European embassies and ministries as part of what the security firm dubs "Operation Ghost."
The prices for specific types of cybercriminal tools on darknet sites continue to rise, according to a recent analysis by security firm Flashpoint. Payment card and passport data remain the most sought-after commodities on these forums, research shows.
Scammers are using the notorious Phorpiex botnet as part of an ongoing "sextortion" scheme, according to Check Point researchers. At one point, the botnet was sending out over 30,000 spam emails an hour and the attackers made about $110,000 in five months, researchers say.
Eighteen technology companies have formed the Open Cybersecurity Alliance to foster the development of open source tools to improve interoperability and data sharing between cybersecurity applications. But some observers say getting all players to agree on a common platform will be challenging.
Ransomware is once again the most common illicit profit-making tool in online attackers' arsenal, police warn. Security firm Emsisoft says the most-seen strains in recent months include STOP, Dharma .cezar, Phobos, GlobeImposter 2.0 and Sodinokibi. Less widely seen Ryuk also continues to generate big profits.
Attackers are using Docker containers to spread a cryptojacking worm in a campaign dubbed "Graboid," according to researchers at Palo Alto Network's Unit 42 threat research unit. Although the researchers describe the campaign as "relatively inept," they says it has the potential to become much more dangerous.
"Silent Librarian," a hacking group with apparent ties to the Iranian government, is continuing to revamp and refine its phishing techniques as it targets research universities in the U.S. and Europe in an attempt to steal intellectual property, according to the security firm Proofpoint.