An updated version of the AgentTesla information-stealing malware now boasts additional data harvesting capabilities, including the ability to target more web browsers and email clients, according to Cofense. The malware has become popular with fraudsters and BEC gangs.
Researchers with Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 are tracking a relatively new cryptomining botnet called "PGMiner," which is targeting PostgreSQL database servers to illegally mine for monero. Currently, the malware only targets Linux-based database servers.
Hackers are targeting thousands of vulnerable MySQL servers around the world, using ransomware to exfiltrate data from organizations and then demanding payment, according to Guardicore Labs. The attackers are also selling access to over 250,000 stolen databases.
CISA is warning that local K-12 school districts are increasingly under assault by cyberthreats targeting vulnerable networks that are disrupting physical and virtual education throughout the U.S. The top security problems include ransomware, Trojans and other malware as well as DDoS attacks.
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.
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.