The Norwegian parliament's investigation into the hacking of email accounts of some elected officials and government employees in August has found that the Russia-linked group APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, is likely responsible.
A hacking group behind an Android spyware variant has recently added fresh capabilities that include the ability to snoop on private chats on Skype, Instagram and WhatsApp, according to ReversingLabs. This APT group, believed to be tied to Iran, has recently been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department.
An ongoing spear-phishing campaign is spoofing the official Microsoft.com domain name and targeting users of the company's Office 365 suite, according to security firm Ironscales. Fraudsters are likely using these attacks to harvest credentials.
Another federal judge is blocking the Trump administration's attempt to ban the Chinese-made social media app TikTok from being used in the U.S. The White House claims that the data the app collects on American users poses a national security threat.
Hackers with possible links to Iran appear to have breached an unprotected human-machine interface system at an Israeli water reservoir that connected directly to the internet. The system appeared to lack security protocols, according to researchers with Otorio.
Dutch HR firm Randstad and the public transportation agency of Vancouver, Canada, are continuing to recover from ransomware attacks. Both incidents appear to have involved Egregor ransomware, with Randstad reporting that data was exfiltrated and is now being leaked by attackers to try and force payment.
The hacker-for-hire group DeathStalker, known for conducting espionage campaigns against small and medium-sized businesses, has started using a new malware strain called PowerPepper, according to a report from the security firm Kaspersky.
A botnet called DarkIRC is exploiting a remote execution vulnerability in Oracle WebLogic, according to Juniper Threat Labs. Meanwhile, the malware used to create the botnet is being offered for sale on a darknet hacking forum.