The operators behind a botnet dubbed "Gitpaste-12" are abusing legitimate services such as GitHub and Pastebin to help hide the malware's malicious infrastructure, according to Juniper Threat Labs. This botnet mainly targets Linux apps and IoT devices and can mine cryptocurrency.
Apple issued an update for iOS and iPadOS on Thursday that fixes three zero-day flaws found by Google's Project Zero bug-hunting team and a range of other security-related flaws. Google says the bugs are being exploited by attackers but haven't been used in election-related cyber activity.
Victims of crypto-locking malware who pay a ransom to their attackers are paying, on average, more than ever before. But investigators warn that when victims pay for a guarantee that all data stolen during an attack will get deleted, criminals often fail to honor their promises.
Takeaway from the U.K.'s GDPR privacy fine against hotel giant Marriott: During M&A, review an organization's cybersecurity posture before finalizing any acquisition. Because once a deal closes, you're fully responsible for data security - IT network warts and all.
The U.K. NCSC responded to over 700 cyber incidents over a 12-month period, 200 of which were related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the cyber agency's annual report. NCSC also notes that's it's preparing to step-up its response to cyber incidents involving the NHS and vaccine development.
Aleksandr Brovko, a Russian national, has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for stealing personally identifiable data and online banking credentials using a botnet, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Federal prosecutors estimate the losses at $100 million.
Payments companies must secure their APIs and enhance their authentication standards in line with The Reserve Bank of India's guidelines to make QR codes interoperable and boost the electronic payments ecosystem.
The Maze cybercrime gang, which revolutionized the ransomware business by adding an extortion element to each attack, has issued a statement saying it has hung up its spikes and will retire, at least temporarily. Security executives do confirm Maze's activity has dropped off in recent months.
After a federal judge blocked an order that would have banned ByteDance-owned TikTok from operating within the U.S., the Commerce Department vowed to continue to defend the Trump administration's executive order. Additional court hearings over the order are scheduled for later this year.
Newly updated Food and Drug Administration guidelines will help experts to more accurately score and communicate the criticality of security vulnerabilities identified in medical devices, says Elad Luz, head of security research at CyberMDX.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features a discussion with FBI Agent Elvis Chan on the cyber disruptions to expect immediately after the Nov. 3 U.S. election. Also featured: smart lock security flaws; cryptocurrency-funded crimes in 2021.
Although IoT door locks are ultimately designed to keep people out, they may actually be the way in. Craig Young of Tripwire describes problems he found in U-tec's Ultraloq and other issues with IoT security.
So far, much of the discussion about 5G security has focused on avoiding the use of technology from Chinese manufacturers, including Huawei and ZTE. But security experts are increasingly concerned that 5G network and device providers rushing products to market aren't devoting enough attention to security.