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Hoping for SOHO security — Research Saturday
Oct. 19, 2019
Clickfraud and third-parties (both SDKs and stores). Trojanized TOR browser steals from Russian users. WiFi bugs. Sketchy jailbreak. Big Tech on free speech. Cooperation against terrorism.
Oct. 18, 2019
Cozy Bear never really left. Iran denies it suffered a US cyberattack. Malicious WAV files. Darknet dragnet hauls in child exploitation ring. Graboid infests Docker hosts.
Oct. 17, 2019
Cyber retaliation for a kinetic attack, again. Industrial espionage from China. Botnet does sextortion. Typosquatting the other candidate. A poor approach to reputation management.
Oct. 16, 2019
Ransomware hits US, French companies. ISPs as combat support arms. Lawful intercept gone rogue? Lazarus Group is back and in GitHub. China’s security laws and security risks.
Oct. 15, 2019
Decrypting ransomware for good. — Research Saturday
Oct. 12, 2019
Ransomware and a zero-day. A newly discovered espionage platform. FIN7’s new tricks. Beijing speaks and Apple listens. A visit to NSA’s Cybersecurity Directorate.
Oct. 11, 2019
Alleged DIA leaker. Europol cybergang study. Protecting the DIB. Chinese information operations.
Oct. 10, 2019
Twitter and two-factor authentication. Privacy concerns. The US Senate Intelligence Committee reports on Russian troll farms. Turla is back with some new tricks.
Oct. 9, 2019
Riding herd on Mustang Panda. Drupalgeddon2 is out in the wild. VPN warnings and mitigations. Patch notes. An offer to share intelligence about Huawei. Presidential sites get low privacy grades.
Oct. 8, 2019
Iran hacks for influence. Brazilian PII up for auction. Prince Harry vs. Fleet Street. Electrical infrastructure cyber risk. Paying ransom. HildaCrypt developers say they’re going straight.
Oct. 7, 2019
The fuzzy boundaries of APT41. — Research Saturday
Oct. 5, 2019
Android vulnerability exploited in the wild. Careless spycraft. The Eye on the Nile. A new Chinese threat actor. A spoiling attack in the CryptoWars. Take election interference, please.
Oct. 4, 2019
A new threat group, Avivore, is called out in the Airbus hack. Ransomware and VPN exploit warnings. EU tells Facebook to take down some content, everywhere. Spearphishing ANU. SandCat’s bad opsec.
Oct. 3, 2019
RATs, ransomware, payloads, and unsecured data: a look at the cybercriminal underground.
Oct. 2, 2019
Piling on sanctions. The disinformation-as-a-service black market. Technological sovereignty through R&D investment? Ransomware continues to rise. NSA’s new Cybersecurity Directorate.
Oct. 1, 2019
Industrial firms disclose cyber incidents. US DHS to check airliner cybersecurity. RCMP security case update. Bulletproof host taken down. Gnosticplayers. Royal phish.
Sept. 30, 2019
Focusing on Autumn Aperture. — Research Saturday
Sept. 28, 2019
Supply chain hacks versus Airbus. Phishing around Google Cloud. Masad Clipper and Stealer on the criminal-to-criminal market. Quick zero-day exploitation. DoorDash hack. Inside JTF Ares.
Sept. 27, 2019
Lazarus Group in India. Suspected Chinese APT uses fake Narrator. Fleeceware. DNI testimony. TalkTalk hacker charged in US. Yahoo breach compensation. Chameleon spam campaign.
Sept. 26, 2019
Notes on Tortoiseshell. Fancy Bear snuffles around embassies and foreign ministries. Poison Carp targets Tibetan groups. GandCrab unretires. And Chameleon’s curious spam.
Sept. 25, 2019
Utility phishing. Google wins on the right to be forgotten. Transatlantic data transfer. Responsible state behavior in cyberspace. Huawei and 5G. Permanent Record, temporarily phishbait.
Sept. 24, 2019
YouTube account hijacking. Facebook finds more apps misusing data. Cyber deterrence in the Gulf region. Huawei’s CFO continues to fight extradition from Canada to the US. Pentesting blues.
Sept. 23, 2019
Leaky guest networks and covert channels. — Research Saturday
Sept. 21, 2019
Coordinated inauthenticity in five countries draws action from Twitter. Cryptomining continues. Huawei fights its ban in US Federal court. Notes from CISA’s Cybersecurity Summit.
Sept. 20, 2019
Notes from the CISA Summit. New DDoS vector reported. Medical images exposed online. Huawei and US sanctions. Engaging ISIS in cyberspace.
Sept. 19, 2019
Tortoiseshell threat-actor active in the Middle East. Simjacker less dangerous than thought? Decentralizing cyber attack. The Ortis affair. Mr. Snowden’s book deal.
Sept. 18, 2019
More updates on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police counterintelligence case. Australian elections and China’s interests. ISIS howls to the lone wolves. Ed Snowden would prefer Paris to Moscow.
Sept. 17, 2019
Espionage and counter-espionage in at least three of the FIve Eyes. New sanctions against North Korea. Password managers and flashlights.
Sept. 16, 2019
Bluetooth blues: KNOB attack explained. — Research Saturday
Sept. 14, 2019
CRASHOVERRIDE tried to be worse than it was. InnfiRAT scouts for wallets. Simjacker exploited in the Middle East. SINET 16 are out. Pentesting scope. Back up your files, Mayor.
Sept. 13, 2019
The StingRays that were n DC. Old-school file formats and attack code. Ransomware becomes spyware. Joker apps ejected from the Play store. Multifaceted deterrence. Advice on BEC.
Sept. 12, 2019
Cobalt Dickens, coming to a university library near you. UNICEF data exposure. Election security notes. Operation reWired arrests 281 alleged BEC scammers.
Sept. 11, 2019
US National Security Advisor to be replaced. Stealth Falcon’s new backdoor. DDoS, social engineering investigations proceed. Exfiltrating an agent. Patch Tuesday notes.
Sept. 10, 2019
BEC attack pulls millions from car parts company. Wikipedia DDoS. NERC and FERC on grid hacking. Trolling Pyongyang. Mike Hammer goes to the DMV.
Sept. 9, 2019
VOIP phone system harbors decade-old vulnerability. — Research Saturday
Sept. 7, 2019
China hacks to track. Turning the enemy’s weapons against them? Notes from the Billington CyberSecurity Summit. Anti-trust investigations for Facebook and, probably, Google.
Sept. 6, 2019
Scraped data found gurgling around in an unsecured third-party database. Ransomware and election security. Spy in your pocket? (Probably not.) Guilty plea in the Satori case.
Sept. 5, 2019
Ransomware, Bitcoin, underwriters, and the bandit economy. OTA provisioning could lead to subtle phishing. Alleged spammers indicted. ZAO flashes and flickers out, for now.
Sept. 4, 2019
Stuxnet’s story. Watering hole was designed to attract China’s Muslim minority. USBAnywhere affects some Supermicro servers. Twitter’s CEO has his Twitter stream hijacked.
Sept. 3, 2019
Emotet's updated business model — Research Saturday
Aug. 31, 2019
Watering hole for iPhones. Dental record service hit with ransomware. Huawei reportedly under investigation for IP theft. “erratic” faces cryptojacking charges. Farewell to a Bletchley Wren.
Aug. 30, 2019
Cyberattacks and intelligence trade-offs. TrickBot’s new interests. Fancy Bear versus machine learning. Facebook looks for more ad transparency. Retadup take-down.
Aug. 29, 2019
LYCEUM active against Middle Eastern energy-sector targets. LinkedIn used to recruit spies. Autonomous car expert indicted. Imperva exposure. VPN software patches. AI writes.
Aug. 28, 2019
Hostinger resets passwords after an intrusion. Social media fraud. Notes on RATs and ransomware. Free decryptor for Syrk. Hedge funds go bananas.
Aug. 27, 2019
BioWatch info potentially exposed. Scammers indicted. Ukrainian cryptojacking exposed sensitive data. Social engineering notes. Boo birds and lawsuits. Data use and privacy. Low-earth orbit hack.
Aug. 26, 2019
Gift card bots evolve and adapt — Research Saturday
Aug. 24, 2019
Google takes down YouTube influence operation. Cryptomining in a nuclear plant. Spyware in the Google Play Store.
Aug. 23, 2019
North Korean and Chinese cyber espionage. Updates on Texas ransomware. Steam zero-day released.
Aug. 22, 2019
China criticizes Twitter and Facebook. Silence expands internationally. A popular Ruby library was backdoored.
Aug. 21, 2019
Chinese information operations on Twitter and Facebook. iOS jailbreak released. Adult websites leak information.
Aug. 20, 2019
ISIS claims Kabul massacre. Huawei gets a temporary break. Texas governments hit by ransomware. Hy-Vee warns of point-of-sale attack.
Aug. 19, 2019
Detecting dating profile fraud — Research Saturday
Aug. 17, 2019
ECB sustains an intrusion into a third-party-hosted service. Norman quietly mines Monero. MetaMorph appears in a stealthy phishing campaign. Information operations.
Aug. 16, 2019
Huawei accused of abetting domestic surveillance in Africa. Cyber gangs adapt and evolve. Prosecutors indicate they’ll add charges to “erratic.” Bluetana detects card skimmers.
Aug. 15, 2019
Hacking the Czech Foreign Ministry. Microsoft patches new wormable bugs. More controversial human review of AI. Insecure links, exposed databases, and a California vanity plate.
Aug. 14, 2019
UN Security Council looks at North Korean cybercrime. Notes on PsiXBot and BITTER APT. The state of spearphishing. Election security. A final look back at Black Hat and Def Con.
Aug. 13, 2019
A look back at Black Hat and Def Con. Sometimes failures that look like accidents are accidents. Russia wants better content suppression from Google. Notes on intelligence services.
Aug. 12, 2019
Unpacking the Malvertising Ecosystem — Research Saturday
Aug. 10, 2019
Voting machine security. Airliner firmware. Attribution and deterrence in cyberwar. Monitoring social media. Broadcom buys Symantec’s enterprise security business. Policing, privacy, and an IoT OS.
Aug. 9, 2019
Hacking in the Gulf region. Vulnerability research into airliner avionics. Phishing and ransomware move to the cloud. EU data responsibilities. US bans five Chinese companies.
Aug. 8, 2019
Another speculative execution flaw. LokiBot evolves. APT41 moonlights. Scammers exploit tragedies. Black Hat notes.
Aug. 7, 2019
Fancy Bear is snuffling around corporate IoT devices. Machete takes its cuts at Venezuelan military targets. What Mr. Kim is buying. MegaCortex goes for automation. Vigilantes, misconfigurations, etc.
Aug. 6, 2019
Ransomware attacks in Mexico and Germany. Wipers in criminal service. Supervising Siri and Alexa. Mass shooters find inspiration and online expression.
Aug. 5, 2019
Package manager repository malware detection — Research Saturday
Aug. 3, 2019
Spearphishing utility companies. Bellingcat as gadfly, and target. Facebook takes down more coordinated inauthenticity. Card skimming. Tech regulation. Random acts of cruelty.
Aug. 2, 2019
Capital One investigation update. Don’t give up on the cloud. Exposed databases and backdoors. Cybercrime as high-stakes poker. Phishing the financials. Bots on holiday.
Aug. 1, 2019
Capital One breach update. CISA warns of avionics CAN bus vulnerabilities. More attacks on local Louisiana governments. Change at the SEC. Cyber summer school for NATO, EU diplomats.
July 31, 2019
Capital One sustains a major data breach. Phishing in LinkedIn. VxWorks patches and mitigations. Brute-forcing NAS credentials. LAPD doxed?
July 30, 2019
Bears sniff at Bellingcat. Magecart in spoofed domains. MyDoom is still active. Shipboard malware was Emotet. Hutchins sentenced. Digital assistants have big ears. Taxes owed on alt-coin gains.
July 29, 2019
Special Edition - Cult of the Dead Cow author Joseph Menn extended interview
July 28, 2019
Day to day app fraud in the Google Play store — Research Saturday
July 27, 2019
Winnti and other Chinese espionage activity. Volume I of the US Senate report on election meddling is out. Ransomware from Sabine, Louisiana, to Johannesburg, South Africa.
July 26, 2019
News about Russian and Chinese government threat actors. Powerful crimeware active in Brazil. BlueKeep really needs to be patched. Messenger Kids issues. Dispatches from the cryptowars.
July 25, 2019
Lancaster University breached. Kazakhstan is testing out HTTPS interception. The UK postpones its decision on Huawei’s 5G gear. The FTC is requiring Facebook to set up a privacy committee.
July 24, 2019
Venezuela blames power failure on exotic sabotage, again. Huawei may have built North Korea’s 3G wireless networks. Were record privacy fines high enough? Logic bombing the customer.
July 23, 2019
FSB contractor hacked. Pegasus now able to rummage clouds? Iranian cyber ops spike. Fraudulent student profiles. Judgement in Equifax FTC case. NSA hoarder gets nine years.
July 22, 2019
Special Edition — The Fifth Domain coauthor Richard A. Clarke
July 21, 2019
Nansh0u not your normal cryptominer — Research Saturday
July 20, 2019
Following K3chang. Bulgaria’s tax agency breach. An alternative currency gets some incipient regulatory scrutiny. Why towns are hit with ransomware. A hair-care hack.
July 19, 2019
TrickBot’s new tricks. Poisoning the ad supply chain. Clouds get schooled. Novel phishing tackle, but stale bait. Cyberwar powers. Election interference. FaceApp fears. Bad macro suspect arrested.
July 18, 2019
Telco data breach. Firmware supply chain problems. Hacking BLE. Census security. Continuity of operations. Decryptor for GandCrab, NSPM 13. Bulgaria’s tax hack.
July 17, 2019
GandCrab hoods may be back with new ransomware. Video-on issues. Broadcom-Symantec talks are off, for now. Treason or just business? Robo-calls. A decryptor for Ims0rry ransomware.
July 16, 2019
Voting machine woes. Router exploits trouble Brazil, Bitpoint alt-coin exchange investigates theft. Facebook fined $5 billion. Power failures probably unrelated to cyberattacks. Amazon Prime phishing.
July 15, 2019
Opportunistic botnets round up vulnerable routers — Research Saturday
July 13, 2019
Buhtrap gets into the spying game. US cyber operations against Iran considered: there are both strategic and Constitutional issues. Election security. Water bills. And again with the WannaCry.
July 12, 2019
Magecart is getting interested in exposed databases. Agent Smith may be in your Android app store. Tracking FinSpy. A contractor gets spearphished.
July 11, 2019
Zoom addresses concerns about call joining and cameras. ICS vulnerabilities addressed. Patch Tuesday notes. Tracing a disinformation campaign.
July 10, 2019
Security issues with Zoom for Macs. Astaroth fileless malware reported in Brazil. GoBotKR distributed by torrent. ICO hits British Airways with a record fine. State attacks and state defenses.
July 9, 2019
Another ransomware victim pays extortionists. Business email compromise. Government impostor scams. ShadowBrokers still airborne. Exploit supply chain. Silence suspected in bank heists.
July 8, 2019
Warnings of Outlook exploitation, with a possible Iranian connection. GPS jamming in the Eastern Med. Satellite vulnerabilities. 505 errors. TA505’s new tactics. Content moderation updates.
July 3, 2019
US-Iranian tension expressed in cyberspace. OceanLotus and Ratsnif. Ransomware in Georgia, again. Going low-tech to protect the grid. Magecart update. Cryptowars and agency equities.
July 2, 2019
Huawei spits the hook? CISA warns about the risk of Iranian cyberattack. Power grid security. Cryptocurrency and fraud. Content moderation. Senators like Hack the Pentagon.
July 1, 2019
Giving everyone a stake in the success of Open Source implementation — Research Saturday
June 29, 2019
Regin in Yandex? Golang is out and busy. So is the ShadowGate crew. The ICO wants an explanation from the Metropolitan Police. Trackers in news sites. Phishing those who seek “Verification.”
June 28, 2019
Washington and Tehran confront one another in cyberspace. Dominion National investigates data incident. Facebook on info ops (and identity). Labor market notes. Skids on skids.
June 27, 2019
Militia said to be target of US cyberattack. Myanmar shuts down networks. Spam campaign. Supply chain issues for Huawei gear. Election security. Recovering from ransomware by paying up?
June 26, 2019
Operation Soft Cell targets mobile networks. DC and Tehran trade barbs. Critical infrastructure concerns. Maryland’s Cyber Defense Initiative.
June 25, 2019
Notes on a reported US cyberattack against Iran. A look at “Secondary Infektion.” And some cases of cyber stalking.
June 24, 2019
Middleboxes may be meddling with TLS connections — Research Saturday
June 22, 2019
US-Iranian tensions find expression in cyberspace as Refined Kitten returns. Facebook tries friction against abuse. Cryptominers in the wild. Lead generation for cyber criminals.
June 21, 2019
Turla hijacks OilRig infrastructure. Bouncing Golf is no game. CISA panel recommends supply chain security reforms. AMCA driven toward bankruptcy by data breach. Florida town pays ransom.
June 20, 2019
BlueKeep, again. Facebook’s cryptocurrency play. Updates on alleged or suspected electrical grid hacks. Catphishing and spying. Compromised social media accounts.
June 19, 2019
Power grids, accidents, the challenge of forensics, and the nature of deterrence. BlueKeep considerations. Third- and fourth-party risks.
June 18, 2019
Cyber deterrence? What grid failure looks like (and it needn’t come from a cyberattack). EU complains of Russian info ops. Twitter takes down inauthentic accounts.
June 17, 2019
Apps on third-party Android store carry unwelcome code — Research Saturday
June 15, 2019
Xenotime is now interested in the power grid. Vulnerable Exim servers under attack. Mr. Assange goes to court. Credential-stuffing attacks on gamers. And that Ms Katie Jones? Not a real person.
June 14, 2019
Telegram recovers from DDoS. Fishwrap campaign breaks old news. Ransomware hits ACSO plants. Congress considers hacking back, again. That ol’ devil limbic system.
June 13, 2019
Shifting techniques in cybercrime. Miscreants take note: “the aperture” will henceforth be wider for US Cyber Command and offensive ops. What Radiohead did.
June 12, 2019
Russia’s sovereign Internet. Huawei updates. CBP discloses exposure of images collected at a border crossing. Gmail features used for social engineering. M&A notes. Top bugs found by bounty hunters.
June 11, 2019
An espionage campaign succeeds without zero-days. Spam serves up old Office exploit. Disinformation makes it into YouTube. The Huawei Affair. Raytheon to be acquired.
June 10, 2019
Xwo scans for default credentials and exposed web services — Research Saturday
June 8, 2019
Recruiting spies at university? GoldBrute botnet and RDP vulnerabilities. MuddyWater update. RIG delivers Buran. Achilles claims to sell access. NRC’s IG reports on cyber. Antitrust for Big Tech.
June 7, 2019
BlueKeep proofs-of-concept. BeiTaAd plug-in is a serious Android pest. Cyber espionage against the EU’s Moscow embassy. Influence operations. A motive for GPS spoofing?
June 6, 2019
AMCA breach extends to LabCorp. Still no EternalBlue in Baltimore ransomware attack. Frankenstein malware. Real hacking isn’t like the movies. Huawei’s no-spy deal. US Data Strategy. Patch BlueKeep.
June 5, 2019
Iranian brute-forcing tool leaked. Third-party data breach touches medical testing company. Ransomware news and updates. An antitrust look at Silicon Valley?
June 4, 2019
Recovery from network congestion. GandCrab to close. BlackSquid drops XMRig. BlueKeep patching lags. Crypto for criminals trial. Antitrust investigation of Google. “Persistence of Chaos” sold.
June 3, 2019
Blockchain bandits plunder weak wallets — Research Saturday
June 1, 2019
Malicious misdirection. Found on the subway. A summary of file exposure. Turla’s back, and as clever as ever. ICRC proposes rules of cyberwar. Baltimore ransomware update.
May 31, 2019
May 30, 2019
Special Counsel Mueller speaks about his investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 US presidential campaign. Iranian coordinated inauthenticity. BlueKeep, Pegasus updates.
May 29, 2019
Sensitive mortgage documents left exposed online. Someone’s scanning for BlueKeep RDP issues. Huawei updates. The case of Baltimore City’s ransomware.
May 28, 2019
A fresh look at GOSSIPGIRL and the Supra Threat Actors — Research Saturday
May 25, 2019
Stone Panda update. A new strain of Mirai. Bogus cryptocurrency apps are trending in Google Play. Mr. Assange is charged under the Espionage Act. Info ops. Law firms as phishbait.
May 24, 2019
NATO and UK to Russia: hands off elections and infrastructure. More trouble for Huawei, and maybe for others. Notes from the Cyber Investing Summit. Equifax downgraded over 2017 breach. Is it art?
May 23, 2019
Fancy Bear fingered, again. Warnings for travelers. Political parties get a cybersecurity grade. Updates on US restrictions on Chinese companies.
May 22, 2019
BlackWater snoops through the Middle East. TeamViewer hacked. Android app behaving badly. A misconfigured database with scraped Instagram data. Ransomware notes. Huawei updates.
May 21, 2019
Huawei agonistes. Hacktivism is way down. New EU sanctions regime. Facebook goes after more coordinated inauthenticity. Salesforce still fixing its fix. OGuser hacked.
May 20, 2019
Elfin APT group targets Middle East energy sector — Research Saturday
May 18, 2019
Slack closes a vulnerability. Email tracking in a court martial. Restrictions on doing business with Huawei come into place. A case of responsible disclosure.
May 17, 2019
US Executive Order aimed at China, and Huawei. Hunting backdoors in Dutch networks. Spyware proliferation. Cipher stunting. Titan key spoofing. Meaconing warning. Exposed PII in Russia.
May 16, 2019
Sharing espionage tools and infrastructure. Speculative execution flaws found in Intel chips. A big Patch Tuesday. CrowdStrike’s IPO. WhatsApp exploitation. Cyber Solarium. Ransomware in Baltimore.
May 15, 2019
Russians hacked two Florida counties. Fxmsp targets named. WhatsApp patches spyware-enabling flaws. Breach costs. Cisco patches routers. Endless Mayfly’s endless hogwash.
May 14, 2019
Security companies allegedly hacked by Fxmsp remain unidentified. SharePoint bug exploited in the wild. G7 preps major cyber exercise. Anthem hack motive? Amnesty takes NSO Group to court.
May 13, 2019
Steganography enables sophisticated OceanLotus payloads — Research Saturday
May 11, 2019
Breaches at AV companies? Pyongyang’s ElectricFish. Symantec’s CEO steps down. Calls to break up Facebook and regulate the pieces. US Federal indictments for leaks and breaches. Verizon DBIR reviewed.
May 10, 2019
Someone is after Tehran’s hackers. GitLab misconfiguration. AI’s attack potential. Amazon pursues hackers who defrauded sellers. DeepDotWeb indictments. Evil Clippy. Lunch hacks in San Mateo.
May 9, 2019
Turla’s new backdoor. Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report. Bad actors seek to influence the EU. US CYBERCOM preps for 2020. Baltimore’s ransomware. Monolingual content moderation.
May 8, 2019
Reverse engineering Equation Group attack tools (and putting them to bad use). Hacking, jamming, and airstrikes. Taking down coordinated inauthenticity. How big is the dark web?
May 7, 2019
Supply chain hacking campaign looks like espionage. Airstrikes versus hackers. FTC versus Facebook. Notes from the Global Cyber Innovation Summit. What’s up with MegaCortex.
May 6, 2019
Sea Turtle state-sponsored DNS hijacking — Research Saturday
May 4, 2019
Utility hack update. Surveillance tool proliferation. Exploit black market. Novel ransomware, old distro channel. Notes from the Global Cyber Innovation Summit.
May 3, 2019
Wipro update. Office 365 attacks. The "Smart Content Store" is bad mojo. Russian Internet sovereignty. Global Cyber Innovation Summit notes.
May 2, 2019
US Energy Department alludes to March cyber incident. BND 19-02 is out. Facebook likes privacy. Assange gets a short nickel.
May 1, 2019
Telnet may not be the backdoor you’re looking for. Large PII database left exposed by parties unknown. DHS has a Critical Functions List. ISIS inspiration is back.
April 30, 2019
IoT devices exposed in peer-to-peer software vulnerability. Car hacking claims. More warnings of possible violence in Sri Lanka. Curating app stores for security. eScooter’s “voices” hacked.
April 29, 2019
Deep Learning threatens 3D medical imaging integrity — Research Saturday
April 27, 2019
Sri Lanka bombing investigation updates. Cryptojacking targets enterprises in East Asia. Oracle web server zero-day. The criminal-to-criminal credential-stuffing market. Who talked about Huawei in UK?
April 26, 2019
Pledging allegiance to ISIS, and then going forth to kill. Adware in Google Play. Context-aware phishbait. Facebook and the FTC. Server crash or exit scam?
April 25, 2019
Sri Lanka bombing investigation update. Christchurch call. ShadowHammer moves upstream. Carbanak in VirusTotal after all. Spoofing banks. Bots vs. Mueller Report. ASD’s best practices.
April 24, 2019
ISIS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka massacre. Spearphishing embassies in Europe. How the Blockchain Bandit probably did it. Mexican embassy doxed.
April 23, 2019
Sri Lanka’s social media clamp-down, and investigation of Easter massacres. CIA said to have details on Huawei’s relationship with China’s security services. Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty.
April 22, 2019
Undetectable vote manipulation in SwissPost e-voting system — Research Saturday
April 20, 2019
Observations on the Mueller Report. Doxing Iranian intelligence. Insecure messaging. Old Excel macros. Wipro hack and gift cards.
April 19, 2019
Mueller Report is out. Sea Turtle DNS-manipulation campaign. Over-privileged and under-honest apps kicked out of Google Play. Facebook has another privacy incident. Fraud and destruction.
April 18, 2019
Spearphishing from “Luhansk.” Pro-Assange hacktivism. Another undercover private eye? Pirated Game of Thrones episodes carry malware.
April 17, 2019
Fraud will follow fire, alas. Wipro compromise. DDoS in Ecuador. Brazil’s hacker underground. Selling a keylogger. Facebook and data. EU copyright law. Huawei’s prospects. Fact-checkin’, fer real.
April 16, 2019
ISIS inspiration in exile. Facebook’s Sunday outage. A Microsoft IE bug, and a web-mail breach. Issues with VPNs. Last minute tax scams. Oculus Easter eggs.
April 15, 2019
The ghost and the mole; Eric O'Neill's Gray Day — Special Edition
April 14, 2019
Establishing software root of trust unconditionally — Research Saturday
April 13, 2019
Mr. Assange’s courthouse future(s). Dragonblood Wi-Fi vulnerabilities. Tax fraud and identity theft dark web souks.
April 12, 2019
Julian Assange is out of the embassy and in custody. Pyongyang’s HOPLIGHT. Operations SneakyPastes. Incident response planning blues. High school jam.
April 11, 2019
The Triton actor seems to be back. Project TajMahal is after diplomatic secrets. California’s motor-voter program and a DMV hack.
April 10, 2019
GossipGirl, the supra threat actor. LockerGoga’s destructive functionality. More hacking allegations out of Caracas. Revolutionary Guard now a designated terrorist group. Creepy crime.
April 9, 2019
US DHS Secretary Nielsen resigns. Credential stuffing campaigns. Cryptojacking disrupts a business. A duty of care, online. Tax season scams.
April 8, 2019
Lessons learned from Ukraine elections — Research Saturday
April 6, 2019
Crooks use Facebook, too. Congress asks FEMA for an explanation. Card skimmers in Mexico.
April 5, 2019
Keeping Winnti out of the goods while keeping an eye on them. GlitchPOS malware. What do apps want? Third-party Facebook data exposure. Digital hygiene. A scareware scam.
April 4, 2019
For OceanLotus, a picture is worth a thousand words (or at least a few lines of loader code). Georgia Tech breached. Mounties raid offices associated with Orcus RAT.
April 3, 2019
Ransomware deletes dupes. Exodus scandal grows in Italy. Election reports from Ukraine and Israel.
April 2, 2019
Patch Magento soon. Toyota hacked again. Exodus spyware hits app stores. Moscow seeks to corral VPN providers. Facebook wants regulation. Swatting sentence. Phishing tackle in Nigeria.
April 1, 2019
Bonus Episode: The grugq illuminates influence operations
March 31, 2019
Alarming vulnerabilities in automotive security systems — Research Saturday
March 30, 2019
Russian information operations, and lessons on election security from the Near Abroad. Magneto proof-of-concept exploit. Huawei, security, and bugs. Training AI. Labor market news.
March 29, 2019
Gustuff is out and after Android devices. Microsoft takes down Phosphorus. Elfin is working for Tehran. Russian cyber troops come to help Venezuela’s Chavistas. Guilty plea expected in Martin case.
March 28, 2019
State cyber-espionage. Influence operations and coordinated inauthenticity. Add Lucky Elephant to the menagerie. ASUS supply chain updates. Notes on Norsk Hydro’s recovery. Reactions to the Mueller Report.
March 27, 2019
More on ASUS supply chain backdoor. FEMA data mishandling. LockerGoga ransomware. Mueller report responses.
March 26, 2019
Mueller finds no evidence of Russia collusion. ISIS no longer holds any ground. LockerGoga hits chemical plants. FEMA fumbles PII. Cyber 9/12. PewDiePie versus T-Series.
March 25, 2019
Ryuk ransomware relationship revelations — Research Saturday
March 23, 2019
Finland’s data protection authority investigates suspicious smartphone activity. GitHub repos are leaking keys. Cardiac devices can be hacked.
March 22, 2019
Russian APTs target EU governments. FIN7 is back. Google and Facebook scammed.
March 21, 2019
Norsk Hydro recovers from LockerGoga infection. Cyber conflict, cyber deterrence, and an economic case for security. EU out of compliance with GDPR? Big Tech in court. Thoughts on courtship.
March 20, 2019
LockerGoga hits Norse Hydro. Mirai botnet malware gets an update. The DHS is concerned about cybersecurity.
March 19, 2019
Online content and terrorism. Huawei’s shifting strategy. Venezuela’s grid failure is explicable by corruption and incompetence--no hacking or sabotage required. Gnostiplayers are back. AI and evil.
March 18, 2019
ThinkPHP exploit from Asia-Pacific region goes global — Research Saturday
March 16, 2019
March 15, 2019
Indonesian election security. Watering hole in Pakistani passport site. RAT hunting. “Intelligence brute-forcing.” Just-patched zero-day exploited. PoS DGA attack. Operation Sheep. BND advises “nein” to Huawei.
March 14, 2019
Election security and influence operations. Hacking the Fleet. Undersea cable competition. 5G worries. Calls to rein in Big Tech. UN report outlines North Korean cyber crime (there’s a lot of it).
March 13, 2019
Venezuela power blackout updates. Social media and social control. Trojanized games. Free decryptor out for ransomware strain. Ads on Facebook. A look at 30 years of the web.
March 12, 2019
Allegations and information operations. Iridium group may have compromised Citrix. Sino-American trade and security conflicts continue. Fashions in trolling.
March 11, 2019
Job-seeker exposes banking network to Lazurus Group — Research Saturday
March 9, 2019
Chinese influence campaigns. Egyptian spear phishing. Hundreds of million email records exposed.
March 8, 2019
Scope of APT33 attacks revealed. GandCrab criminals shift tactics. Slub malware uses Slack.
March 7, 2019
5G worries. Whitefly vs. SingHealth. Speculative execution bug.
March 6, 2019
India hacks back. Rob Joyce discusses cyber conflict. Chinese hackers look for maritime technologies. Google reveals a macOS vulnerability.
March 5, 2019
Operation Sharpshooter. Canada begins extradition process. Huawei will sue the US. Facebook’s global lobbying practices revealed. Visitor management systems are vulnerable.
March 4, 2019
Fake Fortnite app scams infect gamers — Research Saturday
March 2, 2019
Qbot spreads. Bug hunting makes a millionaire. US Cyber Command shows what “persistent engagement” looks like. Huawei agonistes. There’s no Momo, really.
March 1, 2019
Third-parties can misconfigure, too. Coinhive goes out of business. Intel decides 5G project with Chinese partner is too hard. Bronze Union. Clearing Facebook data. Proper disposal of lawful intercept tools.
Feb. 28, 2019
Router vulnerabilities. Hacking around the Hanoi summit. DDoSing an election. Brushing back a troll farm. Crytpojacking an embassy.
Feb. 27, 2019
Sino-Australian, Sino-American cyber tensions. Threat trends. Bare-metal cloud issues addressed. USB-C and memory attacks, Credential stuffing in tax season. Twitter hijacking.
Feb. 26, 2019
Another warning of DNS hijacking. B0r0nt0k ransomware is out and about, and in too many servers. Whitelisting a controversial CA. Blockchain security. Bots get on the consular calendar.
Feb. 25, 2019
Rosneft suspicions shift from espionage to business email compromise — Research Saturday
Feb. 23, 2019
Influence operations in Ukraine’s elections. Australian hacks look more like China’s work. Huawei and the 5G future. Objectionable content in comments. DrainerNot. No more soldier-selfies in Russia.
Feb. 22, 2019
Hybrid war and tactical influence operations. Separ lives off the land. NoRelationship attacks get past email filters. Responsible disclosure. Man-in-the-room bug. Ship hacking. Password managers.
Feb. 21, 2019
Fancy Bear phishes in think tanks. Lazarus Group takes a swipe at Russian organizations. New decryptor for GandCrab. Citizen Lab and Novalpina discuss NSO Group. Ryuk’s lousy help desk.
Feb. 20, 2019
International cyber conflict: India and Pakistan; Australia and China. Rietspoof malware. Microsoft ejects cyptojackers from its store. NCSC may go easy on Huawei. Parliament criticizes Facebook.
Feb. 19, 2019
Seedworm digs Middle East intelligence — Research Saturday
Feb. 16, 2019
GandCrab notes. Make tests, not bans, says GSMA. Content moderation. Takedown of inauthentic accounts. Influence operations. Happy birthday, GCHQ.
Feb. 15, 2019
Former Air Force counterintelligence specialist indicted on charges of spying for Iran. Where’s the stolen Equifax data? Two alleged Apophis Squad clowns indicted.
Feb. 14, 2019
China says it had nothing to do with the Parliament hack in Australia. Notes on Patch Tuesday. Shlayer and GreyEnergy malware analyzed. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day—act accordingly.
Feb. 13, 2019
VFEmail attacked, infrastructure wiped. EU considers a response to APT10. US Executive Order on AI is out. GPS jamming threat. Stryker hack. Shadow IT in the Corps.
Feb. 12, 2019
Cryptojackers gone wild. Attempted hack of Australia’s Parliament investigated. Huawei security concerns continue. Russia tests Internet autarky. Prosecutors investigate alleged blackmail.
Feb. 11, 2019
Trends and tips for cloud security — Research Saturday
Feb. 9, 2019
Australia’s Federal Parliament has a cyber incident. DHS warns of third-party spying. Legit privacy app tampered with. Credit Union phishing. Bezos vs. Pecker. FaceTime bounty. Seal scat.
Feb. 8, 2019
Social engineering and the power of brands. Insecure check-ins? APT10 is quiet but not gone. MacOS Keychain bug. Assessment of Chinese device manufacturers continues.
Feb. 7, 2019
APT10 stays busy. More skepticism about Huawei (and ZTE, for that matter). No foreign “material effect” on US midterms. Reverse RDP risk. IIoT bug found. RSA Innovation Sandbox finalists.
Feb. 6, 2019
ExileRAT versus Tibet. SpeakUp backdoors Linux. Facebook bans Myanmar militias. Norway sees a threat in Huawei. Westminster gets hacked? Bangladesh Bank sues over SWIFT caper.
Feb. 5, 2019
Tracking the impresario behind Collection#1. OceanLotus and a new downloader. CookieMiner malware afflicts Macs. Huawei’ prospects. Influence ops. Extortion by bluff.
Feb. 4, 2019
Online underground markets in the Middle East — Research Saturday
Feb. 2, 2019
No more Apple time-out for Facebook and Google. Inauthentic sites taken down. Fancy Bear paws at Washington, again. Malware-serving ads. Amplification DDoS. Data exposures in India.
Feb. 1, 2019
Commodity credential stuffing gets four new collections. Google was also doing a pay-to-pwn, like Facebook. Russian trolling. FaceTime bug investigation. Joanap botnet. Other online scams.
Jan. 31, 2019
US IC on cyber threats. Iran goes after PII. UAE surveillance described. Scanning for unpatched routers. Huawei’s possible fates. Scam exploits child. FaceTime disclosure. Facebook Research.
Jan. 30, 2019
004 Case studies in risk and regulation — CyberWire-X
FaceTime’s odd bug, and how to squash it. FormBook malware surges through a new hosting service. Some international law enforcement wins. International conflict in cyberspace.
Jan. 29, 2019
Someone takes an unhealthy interest in Citizen Lab. Ukraines accuses Russia of election phishing. Russian bigshots doxed. Tension over Venezuela. Swatting indictments. National Privacy Day.
Jan. 28, 2019
Amplification bots and how to detect them. — Research Saturday
Jan. 26, 2019
Glitches, not attacks or takedowns. Tracing Gray Energy and Zebrocy back to their servers. US Army tactical cyber operations. Venezuela crisis. Bellingcat and OSINT. Roger Stone arrested.
Jan. 25, 2019
The US House of Representatives wants to know more about DNS-hijacking. Huawei skepticism. Anonymous dunnit, say the Russians. Financial data exposed. Family spooked by hackers.
Jan. 24, 2019
Emergency Directive 19-01 versus DNS hijacking. 2019 US National Intelligence Strategy on cyber. France says cyber war is upon us. Courts in UK have email trouble. Hacks and lulz.
Jan. 23, 2019
Ex-employee backdoor. Stealthy DDoS. Anubis dropper looks for motion. Influence operations. Privacy actions. The curious case of the espionage arrest in Russia.
Jan. 22, 2019
Luring IoT botnets to the honeypot — Research Saturday
Jan. 19, 2019
Collection #1 and the threat of credential stuffing. Cryptojacker disables some cloud security tools. Don’t chat with strange bots. Facbebook shutters more Russian coordinated inauthenticity.
Jan. 18, 2019
Cyber espionage vs. the RoK MoD. Fancy Bear’s old Lojax tricks. US rumored to be prepping another case against Huawei. Database exposure in Oklahoma. Yes Men prank Post.
Jan. 17, 2019
SEC, DoJ, issue civil and criminal complaints against EDGAR hackers. Lazarus Group in Chile? Iran’s Ashiyane Forum. Cryptomix ransomware. Money laundering through Fortnite. Fake WaPo edition.
Jan. 16, 2019
Web hosts fix account takeover issues. Passenger Name Record exposure proof-of-concept. Swatting isn’t funny. Chinese manufacturers and suspicions of espinonage.
Jan. 15, 2019
Polish espionage case. Ryuk tactics, and some thoughts on its attribution. Access-control system zero-days. Lawsuit may bring clarity to cyber insurance war exclusion clauses.
Jan. 14, 2019
Magecart payment card theft analysis — Research Saturday
Jan. 12, 2019
Iran linked to DNS hijacking campaign. Smart doorbells not smart enough about security. Fuze cards are convenient for crooks, too. Huawei espionage arrest in Poland. Russian sympathy for NSA.
Jan. 11, 2019
TA505’s new tools. ISIS turns to emerging chat apps. Reddit asks for password resets. The EU’s right to be forgotten gets some court-imposed limits. The tweets Kaspersky flagged to NSA.
Jan. 10, 2019
ICEPick-3PC in the wild. Influence ops warning in Israel. Hackerangriff and a lone hacktivist. OXO and Magecart. The Dark Overlord wants you. Oversharing. Internet autarky. Kaspersky helped NSA?
Jan. 9, 2019
German police have a suspect in #hackerangriff. Cyber espionage awareness campaign. Cyber cold war in the offing? US political operators learn from Russian trolls. WikiLeaks on the record.
Jan. 8, 2019
German doxing incident remains under investigation. Marriott breach update. Dark Overlord watch. Can cryptocurrency become less burdensome in terms of energy consumption?
Jan. 7, 2019
NOKKI, Reaper and DOGCALL target Russians and Cambodians — Research Saturday
Jan. 5, 2019
Doxing in Germany. How Lojax works. Spyware found in apps downloaded from Google Play. ISIS hijacks dormant Twitter accounts. Update on Moscow spy case. Chromecast hacking endgame.
Jan. 4, 2019
2019’s first noteworthy breach. Update on the Tribune Publishing hack. reCAPTCHA defeated in proof-of-concept. Dark Overlord should avail itself of the right to remain silent.
Jan. 3, 2019
Stop the presses—the presses were stopped by ransomware. Video security system found vulnerable to oversharing. Changes in US DoD leadership. An arrest in Moscow, a court ruling in Baltimore.
Jan. 2, 2019
Apple Device Enrollment Program vulnerabilities explored — Research Saturday
Dec. 22, 2018
Operation Cloudhopper and industrial espionage. Anonymous social network Blind server left exposed. Reputation jacking. Alexa shares too much, by accident. Hitman scam is back.
Dec. 21, 2018
003 Risk and regulation in the financial sector — CyberWire X
US indicts two Stone Panda operators amid ongoing international concern over Chinese IP theft. Suspicious customer support traffic on Twitter. Emergency IE patch. Influence experiment.
Dec. 20, 2018
Suspicion of Chinese hardware manufacturers continues. EU diplomatic cables leaked. Hiding out by dumbing down. Facebook data-sharing. NASA PII exposed. Parrot uses Alexa to advantage.
Dec. 19, 2018
Shamoon 3 and Charming Kitten. Czech CERT issues warning concerning Huawei, ZTE. Influence ops and a Facebook boycott. PewDiePie’s followers versus the Wall Street Journal.
Dec. 18, 2018
Huawei and the Five Eyes. Report on Russian trolling finds fluency in American. Boomstortion scammers turn to new threats. PewDiePie followers hack printers, again.
Dec. 17, 2018
The Sony hack and the perils of attribution — Research Saturday
Dec. 15, 2018
False flags and real flags. ISIS claims the Strasbourg killer as one of its soldiers. A bogus bomb threat circulates by email.
Dec. 14, 2018
Shamoon variant implicated in Saipem hack. Charming Kitten reappears. Sino-American tension over trade and industrial espionage.
Dec. 13, 2018
Operation Sharpshooter. Meng makes bail. Sino-American cyber tensions. Leadership crises in the UK and France. Congress doesn’t lay a glove on Google. 2018’s bad password practices.
Dec. 12, 2018
Audit finds no Chinese spy chips on motherboards. Huawei CFO hearings continue in Vancouver. Oilfield services firm’s servers attacked. Spyware and adware. Congressional hearings, reports.
Dec. 11, 2018
A bail hearing in Vancouver. The prospect of indictments in IP theft cases. Kubernetes vulnerabilities. Russia and Ukraine swap hacks? An advance fee scam asks for help getting out of jail.
Dec. 10, 2018
Operation Red Signature targets South Korean supply chain — Research Saturday
Dec. 8, 2018
Huawei legal and security updates. A shift to personalized spam in attacks on retailers. “Hollywood hacks” in Eastern European banks.
Dec. 7, 2018
Huawei CFO arrested in Canada, faces extradition to US. Anonymous claims that Chinese intelligence hacked Marriott. Russian hospital phished. SamSam indictments, warnings. Facebook agonistes.
Dec. 6, 2018
DDoS and BEC risks rising. Ukraine says it stopped Russian cyber campaign. EU looks to stopping disinformation. NRCC email compromise. Facebook emails released by Parliament.
Dec. 5, 2018
Fancy Bear in Czech government systems. Watering hole attacks. Quora breached. Marriott breach follow-up. Kubernetes privilege escalation flaw. Scams kicked out of Apple’s App Store.
Dec. 4, 2018
US Defense Department and UK’s MI6 aren’t buying Russian honey over cyber operations. Iranian influence operations. Marriott breach fallout. Court upholds Kaspersky ban. Ransom and sanctions.
Dec. 3, 2018
Settling in with GDPR — CyberWire-X
Getting an education on Cobalt Dickens — Research Saturday
Dec. 1, 2018
Marriott suffers data breach. Dunkin Donuts credential stuffing attack. Urban Massage database exposed, unsecured. Fancy Bear paws at German government targets. SamSam cost.
Nov. 30, 2018
Reconnaissance and degradation. Hybrid war in Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia. Eternal Silence infects unpatched systems. Dell customers reset passwords. SamSam indictments.
Nov. 29, 2018
DNSpionage. Cobalt Dickens’ unwelcome return. iOS spyware may be more widespread than believed. Governments move toward content moderation. Small towns, big problems.
Nov. 28, 2018
Rotexy Trojan gets worse. Bad apps in Google Play. Backdoor for crypto-wallets. Facebook goes before Parliament. Pegasus spyware versus journalists. Russian hybrid war. Too-smart devices.
Nov. 27, 2018
A quick look at the state of spam. Phishing for power grids. Industrial espionage. Free and command economy versions of social control. Lessons from JTF Ares.
Nov. 26, 2018
Perils of paycards, as Cyber Weekend approacheth. Tessa88 is identified. Many more people than before have now heard of High Tail Hall.
Nov. 21, 2018
Nation-state cyber campaigns: North Korean, Iranian, Russian, and unknown. Social media outages.
Nov. 20, 2018
CISA is now officially an agency. Cozy Bear is back. Gmail spoofing issue opens social engineering possibilities. Speculation about “cyber 9/11s.”
Nov. 19, 2018
Doubling down on Cobalt Group activity — Research Saturday
Nov. 17, 2018
GPS jamming. Bank phishing. Exposed server. Censorship, East, West, and South. Is there a sealed indictment of Julian Assange?
Nov. 16, 2018
RATs and the long game. New ransomware, Learning from other espionage services. Advance-fee scams continue to infest Twitter. Fancy Bear says it can’t be sued.
Nov. 15, 2018
When BGP hijacking isn’t hijacking at all. The White Company’s Operation Shaheen. SWAuTistic pleads guilty. NPPD will become CISA.
Nov. 14, 2018
GPS jamming. Jihadist account hijacking. ISIS on Wickr? Magecart exposed. Cathay Pacific breach. Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace.
Nov. 13, 2018
Regulation in the U.S. — CyberWire X
Establishing international norms in cyberspace — Research Saturday
Nov. 10, 2018
Critical infrastructure resiliency. Lazarus Group’s FASTcash robberies. China’s ongoing industrial espionage. Trolls aside, Russian observers think the US elections were A-OK.
Nov. 9, 2018
Post hack ergo propter hack: DHS calls Russian claims “noisy garbage.” Responsible and irresponsible disclosure. FCC wants an end to robocalls. USPS Informed Delivery abused. Post Canada—whoa.
Nov. 8, 2018
A quick look back at the US midterms, and the cyber Pearl Harbor that wasn’t. Update Apache Struts. Smishing with the Play Store. Another advance fee scam.
Nov. 7, 2018
Iran complains, threatens, and spies. Election Day cybersecurity notes.
Nov. 6, 2018
US midterm election cybersecurity updates. PortSmash side-channel proof-of-concept. Botnets compete to cryptojack Android devices. And will the GRU get its "R" back?
Nov. 5, 2018
Election protection — Research Saturday
Nov. 3, 2018
Cyber Sitzkrieg. Waiting for the Bears to show up (and ready to set the Dogs on them). Facebook private messages for sale.
Nov. 2, 2018
Wi-Fi access point zero-day reported. US Cyber Command on the offensive. Transparency is tougher than it looks. GandCrab not paying out as much—good. PIPEDA takes effect. Soulmate spyware.
Nov. 1, 2018
Influence operations, and advice on recognizing them. Ransomware updates. US indicts Chinese nationals for industrial espionage. An object lesson from the US Geological Survey.
Oct. 31, 2018
The Malware Mash
This cybersecurity stuff is tougher than it looks, US state election officials learn. Saudi surveillance. Espionage in Iran. New attack varieties. Chinese hardware concerns. US sanctions chipmaker.
Oct. 30, 2018
Facebook takes down Iranian-run accounts. Criminal investigations look online. IBM to buy Red Hat. Satori is still with us. British Airways and Magecart.
Oct. 29, 2018
Faxploitation — Research Saturday
Oct. 27, 2018
Airline breach bigger than thought. Securing Mexican financial institutions. Demonbot vs. Hadoop. New decryptor out for GandCrab ransomware. Civilian Cybersecurity Corps?
Oct. 26, 2018
Influence operations, da. Direct hacking? Maybe nyet. Chalubo botnet borrows old tricks. Financial sector alert in Mexico. Airline breach disclosed. Lawsuits over privacy. ICS Security notes.
Oct. 25, 2018
Trolling the trolls. Triton/Trisis attributed to Russia. Asset management in ICS. Threat intelligence drives threat evolution. Shadow web-apps. Apple likes GDPR, hates the Data-Industrial Complex.
Oct. 24, 2018