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Evilnum, a hacking group that targets fintech firms mainly in the U.K. and Europe, is deploying a new remote access Trojan, according to Cybereason. The group is targeting "know your customer" procedures to start these attacks.
"Charming Kitten," a hacking group with ties to Iran, is now using LinkedIn and WhatsApp messages to contact potential victims and persuade them to visit a phishing page, according to ClearSky. The threat actors initially posed as journalists looking to contact sources.
The operators behind the Qbot banking Trojan are deploying a new version of the malware that uses hijacked Outlook email threads to send personalized phishing emails, according to Check Point Research. This campaign has targeted over 100,000 victims worldwide.
A hack-for-hire campaign targeting an "international architectural and video production company" serving high-end real estate ventures likely involved corporate espionage driven by a developer eager for insider data, according to an analysis from security firm Bitdefender.
FINRA, a private organization that helps self-regulate brokerage firms and exchange markets, is warning that fraudsters have recently started creating spoofed websites and domains using members' real names and images in an attempt to steal personal information and credentials.
The U.S. Department of Justice has charged former Uber CSO Joseph Sullivan with obstruction of justice for allegedly covering up the 2016 hack of the ride-sharing service, which compromised sensitive data for 57 million Uber passengers and drivers.
President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order that requires TikTok owner ByteDance to divest its U.S. operations within 90 days. In the new order, Trump cites national security concerns in demanding the Chinese company sell its American assets.
An alert from U.S. National Security Agency and the FBI warns of a recently discovered Russian-deployed malware variant called Drovorub that's designed to target Linux systems, creating a backdoor into targeted networks to exfiltrate data.
The operators behind the AgentTesla remote access Trojan have upgraded the infostealer with additional capabilities, including the ability to steal credentials from VPNs, web browsers, FTP files and email clients, Sentinel Labs reports. The low-cost malware is used in BEC scams and other campaigns.
High-wattage IoT devices and appliances, such as connected refrigerators, air conditioners and heaters, could be turned into massive botnets by malicious actors and used to influence energy prices, according to an academic study released at Black Hat 2020.
A security researcher says voting equipment in the U.S. is still riddled with security flaws that opportunistic foreign adversaries could use to pose a threat to the November election. Meanwhile, the director of CISA calls Russian ransomware attacks one of the biggest threats to the election.
The European Union has imposed its first sanctions against individuals and entities from Russia, China and North Korea for their alleged roles in hacking activities and cyberattacks that targeted EU citizens and organizations.