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Takedown of SMS-based FluBot spyware infecting Android phones

An international law enforcement operation involving 11 countries has resulted in the takedown of one of the fastest-spreading mobile malware to date. Known as FluBot, this Android malware has been spreading aggressively through SMS, stealing passwords, online banking details and other sensitive information from infected smartphones across the world. Its infrastructure was successfully disrupted earlier […]

Cybereason warns global organisations against ransomware attacks from gang

Cybereason, the XDR company, has issued a global threat alert advisory warning global organisations about a rise in ransomware attacks from the Black Basta gang. The Black Basta gang emerged in April 2022 and has victimised nearly 50 companies in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Organisations in English speaking countries appear to […]

‘Safeguarding civilisation’: Protecting critical infrastructure against cyberattacks

Research from Dragos has highlighted that the industrial sector attracted increased unwanted attention from adversaries last year. With attackers continuing to up the ante and the consequences of an attack proving potentially devastating, defenders must review and prioritise their OT security strategies. Seth Enoka, Principal Industrial Incident Responder, Dragos, talks us through the research and […]

Hundreds arrested and millions seized in global INTERPOL operation against social engineering scams

A worldwide crackdown on social engineering fraud has seen scammers identified globally, substantial criminal assets seized and new investigative leads triggered in every continent. The two-month (March 8– May 8 2022) operation, codenamed First Light 2022, saw 76 countries take part in an international clampdown on the organised crime groups behind telecommunications and social engineering […]

Newly-discovered Chinese-linked APT has been quietly spying on organisations for 10 years

SentinelLabs has uncovered a cluster of activity by threat actor, Aoqin Dragon, dating at least as far back as 2013. Aoqin Dragon’s primary focus is assessed to be espionage, targeting government, education and telecommunication organisations in south-east Asia and Australia. The threat actor has a history of using document lures with pornographic themes to infect […]

Cyberattacks against UK CNI increase amidst Russia-Ukraine war

The systems that underpin the UK’s critical national infrastructure (CNI) are under increasing cyber threat. Over seven in 10 cybersecurity decision-makers at UK CNI organisations reported a rise in cyberattacks since the start of the Ukraine war, according to new research by UK cybersecurity services firm, Bridewell. The research, which surveyed 521 cybersecurity decision-makers in […]

Cabinet Office admits to losing nearly 800 devices

The Cabinet Office, the UK governmental body responsible for supporting the Prime Minister and Cabinet, has reported almost 800 electronic devices lost or stolen in the past three years, according to official figures. The data, retrieved via the Freedom of Information Act and analysed by niche litigation firm, Griffin Law, observed the number of electronic […]

DoJ announces new policy for charging cases under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

The Department of Justice has announced the revision of its policy regarding charging violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).  The policy for the first time directs that good-faith security research should not be charged. Good faith security research means accessing a computer solely for purposes of good-faith testing, investigation and/or correction of a security […]

Trellix finds escalation of cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure as geopolitical tensions rise

Cybersecurity firm, Trellix, has released its latest Threat Labs Report which covers Q4 2021 threat research. The findings detail wiper malware aimed at Ukraine and an upsurge in cyberthreats from a likely Russian-backed actor in the fourth quarter of 2021, as well as malware being used most often in reported incidents in Q4 2021, accounting […]

Costa Rica declares national emergency after Conti ransomware attack

It has been reported that the Costa Rican President, Rodrigo Chaves, has declared a national emergency following cyberattacks from Conti ransomware group on multiple government bodies. Etay Maor, Senior Director of Security Strategy at Cato Networks, said: “The recent ransomware attack on Cost Rica is just the latest example of why organisations shouldn’t ‘go it alone’ when trying […]

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