The operators behind a botnet dubbed "Gitpaste-12" are abusing legitimate services such as GitHub and Pastebin to help hide the malware's malicious infrastructure, according to Juniper Threat Labs. This botnet mainly targets Linux apps and IoT devices and can mine cryptocurrency.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the EU General Data Protection Regulation fines that have finally been imposed on Marriott and BA over serious data breaches each suffered. Also featured: Regional digital fraud trends, and a look at the CISO role and its responsibilities.
The U.S. Justice Department is looking to seize more than $1 billion worth of bitcoin that investigators have linked to the notorious Silk Road darknet marketplace. The cryptocurrency was stored within a mysterious digital wallet that had been dormant for years, but the subject of much speculation.
Researchers are tracking the movements of nearly $1 billion in cryptocurrency that recently moved from a mysterious digital wallet, which may have ties to the notorious darknet marketplace Silk Road, which law enforcement shuttered in 2013.
Attackers have been actively exploiting a flaw in Rackspace's hosted email service to send phishing emails, bearing legitimate and validated domain names, as part of business email compromise scams, warns IT security testing consultancy 7 Elements. Rackspace tells customers it plans to fix the problem soon.
The FBI has issued a flash alert warning that unidentified threat actors are actively targeting vulnerable SonarQube instances to access source code repositories of U.S. government agencies and private businesses.
Takeaway from the U.K.'s GDPR privacy fine against hotel giant Marriott: During M&A, review an organization's cybersecurity posture before finalizing any acquisition. Because once a deal closes, you're fully responsible for data security - IT network warts and all.
The U.K. NCSC responded to over 700 cyber incidents over a 12-month period, 200 of which were related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the cyber agency's annual report. NCSC also notes that's it's preparing to step-up its response to cyber incidents involving the NHS and vaccine development.
Hotel giant Marriott has been hit with the second largest privacy fine in British history, after it failed to contain a massive, long-running data breach. But the final fine of $23.8 million was just 20% of the penalty initially proposed by the U.K.'s privacy watchdog, owing in part to COVID-19's ongoing impact.
Turla, a hacking group based in Russia, is deploying a revamped set of customized tools to target potential victims, including a European government agency, for its espionage campaigns, according to Accenture.
The operators behind the Ryuk strain of malware are increasingly relying on a malware-as-a-service tool - the Buer loader - to deliver the malware, rather than botnets such as Trickbot and Emotet, the security firm Sophos reports.
Implementation of 3D Secure 2.0, a protocol designed to be an additional security layer for online credit and debit card transactions, by banks and merchants alike can play a critical role in reducing "authorized payment fraud," two security experts say.
A greatly enhanced variant of the powerful Mirai botnet is already infecting IoT devices even though it's operating in a test environment, according to researchers at cybersecurity firm Avira Protection Lab.
Security researchers at Imperva have uncovered a botnet that attacks vulnerabilities in websites' underlying content management systems and then uses these compromised servers to mine for cryptocurrency or send spam to more victims.
"Cybercrime is an evolution, not a revolution," says Europol's Philipp Amann, who oversees the EU law enforcement intelligence agency's annual study of the latest cyber-enabled crime trends. Ransomware, social engineering and the criminal abuse of cryptocurrency and encryption are some of the top threats.