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More signal, less noise—we distill the day’s critical cyber security news into a concise daily briefing.
 
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The CyberWire
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More signal, less noise—we distill the day’s critical cyber security news into a concise daily briefing.
 
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Ransomware hits companies in France and the US. A Finnish energy company sustains a suspicious IT incident. Turkey jams social media as it rolls tanks against the Kurds. Pegasus spyware said to be in use against Moroccan activists. Silent Librarian is still making noise. The Lazarus Group is back with a malign crypto-trading app. China tightens ...…
 
Ransomware hits companies in France and the US. A Finnish energy company sustains a suspicious IT incident. Turkey jams social media as it rolls tanks against the Kurds. Pegasus spyware said to be in use against Moroccan activists. Silent Librarian is still making noise. The Lazarus Group is back with a malign crypto-trading app. China tightens ...…
 
Michael Gillespie is a programmer at Emsisoft, as well as a host of the popular ID Ransomware web site that helps victims identify what strain of ransomware they may have been infected with, and what decryptors may be available. He's written many decryptors himself, most recently for the Syrk strain of ransomware. Links to the research and Mich ...…
 
Michael Gillespie is a programmer at Emsisoft, as well as a host of the popular ID Ransomware web site that helps victims identify what strain of ransomware they may have been infected with, and what decryptors may be available. He's written many decryptors himself, most recently for the Syrk strain of ransomware. Links to the research and Mich ...…
 
BitPaymer ransomware is exploiting an Apple zero-day. “Attor” isn’t your ordinary malign faerie: it’s also an espionage platform that’s been carefully deployed against Russian and Eastern European targets. FIN7 upgrades its toolkit. Apple does what the Chinese government asks it to do, blocking a mapping and a news app from users in China. And ...…
 
BitPaymer ransomware is exploiting an Apple zero-day. “Attor” isn’t your ordinary malign faerie: it’s also an espionage platform that’s been carefully deployed against Russian and Eastern European targets. FIN7 upgrades its toolkit. Apple does what the Chinese government asks it to do, blocking a mapping and a news app from users in China. And ...…
 
A US Defense Intelligence Agency analyst has been charged with leaking national defense information. Europol releases its 2019 Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment. NSA Director Nakasone says the Agency’s Cybersecurity Directorate will first focus on protecting the Defense Industrial Base from intellectual property theft. CISA wants subpo ...…
 
A US Defense Intelligence Agency analyst has been charged with leaking national defense information. Europol releases its 2019 Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment. NSA Director Nakasone says the Agency’s Cybersecurity Directorate will first focus on protecting the Defense Industrial Base from intellectual property theft. CISA wants subpo ...…
 
Twitter says it’s sorry is anything might have inadvertently happened with users’ email addresses and phone numbers, and that it’s taking steps to stop whatever might have happened from happening again. If anything actually happened. Other concerns about privacy surface elsewhere. The US Senate Intelligence Committee issues its report on influe ...…
 
Twitter says it’s sorry is anything might have inadvertently happened with users’ email addresses and phone numbers, and that it’s taking steps to stop whatever might have happened from happening again. If anything actually happened. Other concerns about privacy surface elsewhere. The US Senate Intelligence Committee issues its report on influe ...…
 
An update on Mustang Panda, and its pursuit of the goals outlined in the Thirteenth Five Year Plan. Unpatched Drupal instances are being hit as targets of opportunity. NSA adds its warnings to those of CISA and NCSC concering widely used VPNs: if you use them, patch them. (And change your credentials). Five Senators tell Microsoft, nicely, that ...…
 
An update on Mustang Panda, and its pursuit of the goals outlined in the Thirteenth Five Year Plan. Unpatched Drupal instances are being hit as targets of opportunity. NSA adds its warnings to those of CISA and NCSC concering widely used VPNs: if you use them, patch them. (And change your credentials). Five Senators tell Microsoft, nicely, that ...…
 
Iranian threat group Phosphorus (or Charming Kitten) has been found active against US elections and other targets. A big database of PII on Brazilians is up for auction in the dark web souks. Prince Harry takes a legal whack at Fleet Street. An Atlantic Council session takes a look at electrical infrastructure cyber risk. An Alabama medical sys ...…
 
Iranian threat group Phosphorus (or Charming Kitten) has been found active against US elections and other targets. A big database of PII on Brazilians is up for auction in the dark web souks. Prince Harry takes a legal whack at Fleet Street. An Atlantic Council session takes a look at electrical infrastructure cyber risk. An Alabama medical sys ...…
 
Researchers at FireEye recently released a report detailing the activities of APT41, a Chinese cyber threat group notable for the range of tools they use, their origins in the world of video gaming, and their willingness to shift from seemingly state-sponsored activity to hacking for personal gain. Nalani Fraser and Fred Plan contributed to the ...…
 
Researchers at FireEye recently released a report detailing the activities of APT41, a Chinese cyber threat group notable for the range of tools they use, their origins in the world of video gaming, and their willingness to shift from seemingly state-sponsored activity to hacking for personal gain. Nalani Fraser and Fred Plan contributed to the ...…
 
Project Zero warns that a use-after-free vulnerability in widely used Android devices is being exploited in the wild. Uzbekistan’s National Security Service continues to get stick in the court of public opinion for sloppy opsec. Check Point reports on what appears to be an Egyptian domestic surveillance operation. Palo Alto reports on a newly d ...…
 
Project Zero warns that a use-after-free vulnerability in widely used Android devices is being exploited in the wild. Uzbekistan’s National Security Service continues to get stick in the court of public opinion for sloppy opsec. Check Point reports on what appears to be an Egyptian domestic surveillance operation. Palo Alto reports on a newly d ...…
 
Who’s been hacking aerospace firms? Context Security suggests it’s a new Chinese threat actor, “Avivore.” The FBI issues a ransomware alert. The NCSC warns of active exploitation of vulnerable VPNs. The EU issues a sweeping takedown order to Facebook. US Senators ask Facebook about deep fakes. Spearphishing at the Australian National University ...…
 
Who’s been hacking aerospace firms? Context Security suggests it’s a new Chinese threat actor, “Avivore.” The FBI issues a ransomware alert. The NCSC warns of active exploitation of vulnerable VPNs. The EU issues a sweeping takedown order to Facebook. US Senators ask Facebook about deep fakes. Spearphishing at the Australian National University ...…
 
Sobinokibi ransomware looks more like the child of GandCrab, and McAfee has some thoughts on how ransomware-as-a-service operates. FakeUpdates are back, and they’re installing ransomware, too. The Adwind RAT is back and infesting a new set of targets: it’s moved on from hospitality and retail and into the oil industry. Maliciously crafted ODT f ...…
 
Sobinokibi ransomware looks more like the child of GandCrab, and McAfee has some thoughts on how ransomware-as-a-service operates. FakeUpdates are back, and they’re installing ransomware, too. The Adwind RAT is back and infesting a new set of targets: it’s moved on from hospitality and retail and into the oil industry. Maliciously crafted ODT f ...…
 
The oligarch behind the St. Petersburg troll farm is sanctioned, again. Recorded Future looks at disinformation and finds there’s a functioning private sector market for it. The European Union seems likely to pursue technological sovereignty, at least to the tune of some R&D investment. Ransomware attacks against US state and local governments ...…
 
The oligarch behind the St. Petersburg troll farm is sanctioned, again. Recorded Future looks at disinformation and finds there’s a functioning private sector market for it. The European Union seems likely to pursue technological sovereignty, at least to the tune of some R&D investment. Ransomware attacks against US state and local governments ...…
 
Rheinmetall and DCC have disclosed sustaining cyber attacks. The US Government is looking at airliner cyber vulnerabilities. SimJacker is real, but recent phones seem unaffected. RCMP data misappropriation case update. German police raid a bulletproof host. Gnosticplayers may be back. And someone is sending phishing snail mail that claims the B ...…
 
Rheinmetall and DCC have disclosed sustaining cyber attacks. The US Government is looking at airliner cyber vulnerabilities. SimJacker is real, but recent phones seem unaffected. RCMP data misappropriation case update. German police raid a bulletproof host. Gnosticplayers may be back. And someone is sending phishing snail mail that claims the B ...…
 
Researchers at Prevalion have been tracking a malware campaign making use of antiquated file formats and social engineering to target specific groups. Danny Adamitis and Elizabeth Wharton are coauthors of the report, and they join us to share their findings. The research can be found here: https://blog.prevailion.com/2019/09/autumn-aperture-rep ...…
 
Researchers at Prevalion have been tracking a malware campaign making use of antiquated file formats and social engineering to target specific groups. Danny Adamitis and Elizabeth Wharton are coauthors of the report, and they join us to share their findings. The research can be found here: https://blog.prevailion.com/2019/09/autumn-aperture-rep ...…
 
The Airbus supply chain is reported to be under attack, possibly by Chinese industrial espionage operators. Phishing campaigns impersonate Google Cloud services. A new commodity information stealer is on offer in the black market. The vBulletin zero-day was weaponized surprisingly quickly. DoorDash discloses a hack that exposed almost five mill ...…
 
The Airbus supply chain is reported to be under attack, possibly by Chinese industrial espionage operators. Phishing campaigns impersonate Google Cloud services. A new commodity information stealer is on offer in the black market. The vBulletin zero-day was weaponized surprisingly quickly. DoorDash discloses a hack that exposed almost five mill ...…
 
North Korea’s Lazarus Group is active against targets in India. A “suspected Chinese advanced persistent threat group” is exploiting a Windows accessibility feature. Sophos warns of “fleeceware.” US DNI testifies efore the House Intelligence Committee. The TalkTalk hacker and an alleged accomplice are indicted on US charges. What’s involved in ...…
 
North Korea’s Lazarus Group is active against targets in India. A “suspected Chinese advanced persistent threat group” is exploiting a Windows accessibility feature. Sophos warns of “fleeceware.” US DNI testifies efore the House Intelligence Committee. The TalkTalk hacker and an alleged accomplice are indicted on US charges. What’s involved in ...…
 
Tortoiseshell is trolling for military veterans. There’s been a fresh Fancy Bear sighting. The transcript of a conversation between the US and Ukrainian presidents has been released. Citizen Lab warns that Poison Carp is actively working against Tibetan groups. A zero-day afflicting vBulletin forum software is out. GandCrab comes out of retirem ...…
 
Tortoiseshell is trolling for military veterans. There’s been a fresh Fancy Bear sighting. The transcript of a conversation between the US and Ukrainian presidents has been released. Citizen Lab warns that Poison Carp is actively working against Tibetan groups. A zero-day afflicting vBulletin forum software is out. GandCrab comes out of retirem ...…
 
APT10 has been phishing in US utilities. Google wins a big round over the EU’s right to be forgotten. European courts are also considering binding contractual clauses and Privacy Shield, which together have facilitated transatlantic data transfer. Twenty-seven nations agree on “responsible state behavior in cyberspace.” A hawkish take on Huawei ...…
 
APT10 has been phishing in US utilities. Google wins a big round over the EU’s right to be forgotten. European courts are also considering binding contractual clauses and Privacy Shield, which together have facilitated transatlantic data transfer. Twenty-seven nations agree on “responsible state behavior in cyberspace.” A hawkish take on Huawei ...…
 
YouTube creators in the “car community” get their accounts hijacked over the weekend. Facebook finds tens of thousands of apps behaving badly with respect to priority--the social network’s announcement has been cooly received in the US Senate. The Gulf region continues to be a field of cyber as well as kinetic competition. Huawei’s CFO is back ...…
 
YouTube creators in the “car community” get their accounts hijacked over the weekend. Facebook finds tens of thousands of apps behaving badly with respect to priority--the social network’s announcement has been cooly received in the US Senate. The Gulf region continues to be a field of cyber as well as kinetic competition. Huawei’s CFO is back ...…
 
Many users of inexpensive internet routers use guest network functionality to help secure their home networks. Researchers at Ben Gurion University have discovered methods for defeating these security measures. Dr. Yossi Oren joins us to share their findings. The original research is here: https://www.usenix.org/system/files/woot19-paper_ovadia ...…
 
Many users of inexpensive internet routers use guest network functionality to help secure their home networks. Researchers at Ben Gurion University have discovered methods for defeating these security measures. Dr. Yossi Oren joins us to share their findings. The original research is here: https://www.usenix.org/system/files/woot19-paper_ovadia ...…
 
Twitter details actions against coordinated inauthenticity in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, Spain, and China. Tension with Iran remain high, but cyber action hasn’t sharply spiked. The Smominru botnet installs malware, including miners, and kicks other malicious code out of infected machines. Panda cryptojackers are careless but eff ...…
 
Twitter details actions against coordinated inauthenticity in Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, Spain, and China. Tension with Iran remain high, but cyber action hasn’t sharply spiked. The Smominru botnet installs malware, including miners, and kicks other malicious code out of infected machines. Panda cryptojackers are careless but eff ...…
 
A quick look at CISA’s National Cybersecurity Summit. A big new distributed denial-of-service vector is reported. Medical servers leave patient information exposed to the public Internet. Huawei is suspended from the FIRST group as it argues its case in a US Federal court. And one of the challenges of engaging ISIS online is that it relies so h ...…
 
A quick look at CISA’s National Cybersecurity Summit. A big new distributed denial-of-service vector is reported. Medical servers leave patient information exposed to the public Internet. Huawei is suspended from the FIRST group as it argues its case in a US Federal court. And one of the challenges of engaging ISIS online is that it relies so h ...…
 
A newly discovered threat actor, “Tortoiseshell,” has been active against targets in the Middle East. The Simjacker vulnerability may not be as widely exploitable as early reports led many to believe. The US Army seems committed to decentralizing cyber operations along long-familiar artillery lines. Joint Task Force Ares continues to keep an ey ...…
 
A newly discovered threat actor, “Tortoiseshell,” has been active against targets in the Middle East. The Simjacker vulnerability may not be as widely exploitable as early reports led many to believe. The US Army seems committed to decentralizing cyber operations along long-familiar artillery lines. Joint Task Force Ares continues to keep an ey ...…
 
More notes on the RCMP espionage scandal. The CSE’s preliminary assessment sounds serious indeed, and Canadian intelligence services are trying to identify and contain the damage Cameron Ortis is alleged to have done. And the other Four Eyes are doing so as well. Australia considered that a hacking incident early this spring may have been a Chi ...…
 
More notes on the RCMP espionage scandal. The CSE’s preliminary assessment sounds serious indeed, and Canadian intelligence services are trying to identify and contain the damage Cameron Ortis is alleged to have done. And the other Four Eyes are doing so as well. Australia considered that a hacking incident early this spring may have been a Chi ...…
 
Spy versus spy, in America, Canada, and Australia, with special guest stars from the Russian and Chinese services. The US Treasury Department issues more sanctions against North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau, better known as the Lazarus Group or Hidden Cobra. Russian election influence goes local (and domestic). Password manager securit ...…
 
Spy versus spy, in America, Canada, and Australia, with special guest stars from the Russian and Chinese services. The US Treasury Department issues more sanctions against North Korea’s Reconnaissance General Bureau, better known as the Lazarus Group or Hidden Cobra. Russian election influence goes local (and domestic). Password manager securit ...…
 
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