Researchers at the security firm Proofpoint are tracking several fraud schemes leveraging COVID-19 vaccine-themed emails. The schemes include business email compromise scams, messages with malicious attachments and phishing emails designed to harvest credentials.
A Russian-speaking "scam-as-a-service" operation dubbed "Classiscam" is expanding globally, with 40 interconnected gangs in about a dozen countries using fake product advertisements to launch phishing schemes, the security firm Group-IB reports.
A new leaks site claims to be selling data from Cisco, FireEye, Microsoft and SolarWinds that was stolen via the SolarWinds supply chain attack. Security experts question whether the offer is legitimate and note that it parallels previous efforts, including by Russia, designed to foil hack attack attribution.
A recently identified mobile remote access Trojan dubbed "Rogue," which exploits Google's Firebase development platform, targets Android devices to exfiltrate personal data and can deliver other malware, according to Check Point Research. The RAT is being offered for sale or rent in darknet forums.
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.
A global law enforcement operation has taken down DarkMarket, which Europol describes as the world's largest underground marketplace of illegal goods on the dark web. The market has generated about $170 million in revenue selling drugs, malware, credit cards and more, officials say.
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.
Sentinel Labs researchers have identified an updated version of the cryptominer OSAMiner that targets the macOS operating system to mine for monero. The latest iteration uses new techniques to help prevent detection by security tools.
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.
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.