Investigators probing the supply chain attack that hit SolarWinds say attackers successfully hacked the company's Microsoft Visual Studio development tools to add a backdoor into Orion network monitoring security software builds. They warn that other vendors may have been similarly subverted.
The new year has kicked off with a flurry of data security company acquisition activity; five deals have already been announced. Companies making acquisitions are striving to improve their secure access service edge - or SASE - posture, enter new markets or bolster their technology portfolios.
Many companies claim to be successfully using artificial intelligence for security, but the use cases are still not convincing because the technology is incapable of detecting unknown malware, says Guy Sheppard of SWIFT.
The "Sunburst" backdoor deployed in the breach of SolarWinds' Orion network monitoring tool uses some of the same code found in the "Kazuar" backdoor, which security researchers have previously tied to Russian hackers, the security firm Kaspersky reports.
Adam Turteltaub, chief engagement and strategy officer at the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, says compliance teams should create a dashboard of data that will help keep track of actions taken by staff members who are working remotely.
The U.S. Department of State has announced plans to create a Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies to enhance its security and help it deal with international cybersecurity issues. But it remains to be seen if those plans will be carried out by the incoming Biden administration.
Security researchers are warning that attackers appear to have stepped up scanning for vulnerable Zyxel products, including VPN gateways, access point controllers and firewalls. A recently disclosed vulnerability in the company's firmware can create a hard-coded backdoor.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the very latest information about the SolarWinds hack. Also featured are discussions of "zero trust" for the hybrid cloud environment and data privacy regulatory trends.
Reacting to reports claiming hackers may have used JetBrains' TeamCity tool as an initial infection vector during the attack against SolarWinds, JetBrains CEO Maxim Shafirov says the company has not been contacted by investigators. But he says customer misconfiguration of TeamCity could have enabled a hack.
A recently uncovered remote access Trojan, dubbed ElectroRAT, has been stealing cryptocurrency from digital wallets over the past year, according to researchers at Intezer Labs. The malware, written in Golang, can target Windows, Linux and macOS platforms.
Although two earlier executive orders from President Donald Trump banning the use of the Chinese-made apps TikTok and WeChat are still hung up in the courts, the president has issued a new executive order banning eight other Chinese apps, citing threats they pose to national security, economy and foreign policy.
Mounting evidence points to the "serious compromise" of SolarWinds' Orion software having been an intelligence gathering operation "likely" run by Russia, according to U.S. government agencies probing the supply chain attack. It's the first official attack attribution to be issued by the Trump administration.
As investigators probe the SolarWinds hack, they're finding that the supply chain campaign appears to have deeply compromised more than the 50 organizations originally suspected. Meanwhile, the federal agencies overseeing the investigation now officially believe a Russian-linked hacking group is responsible.