Cybercrime groups and nation-state hacking gangs are continuing to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to further their aims, U.K. and U.S. security agencies warn in a joint alert. While overall attack levels haven't increased, they say, "the frequency and severity of COVID-19-related cyberattacks" looks set to surge.
The operator of a newly discovered botnet dubbed "Dark Nexus" is offering cybercriminals access to an array of capabilities, include the ability to launch DDoS attacks on demand, according researchers at Bitdefender.
A recent disinformation campaign that apparently originated in Russia used forged U.S. diplomatic documents and social media to spread false stories in Eastern Europe and Asia, according to a new research report, which warns that these tactics could be used against the U.S. in the run-up to the fall election.
For nearly a decade, five hacking groups with apparent links to the Chinese government have targeted vulnerable Linux servers that make up the backend IT infrastructure of thousands of companies and organizations around the world, according to a research report from BlackBerry.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing federal government employees and contractors to work from home, NASA is seeing an increase in hacker attacks targeting its newly mobile workforce, the space agency's CIO reports.
Zero-day exploits are increasingly a commodity that advanced persistent threat groups can purchase and use to wage attacks, according to a report from security firm FireEye. The report says the number of attacks leveraging such exploits grew last year.
As the COVID-19 outbreak has intensified, so too has cybercrime, including ransomware, Interpol, the international crime-fighting agency, warns. Despite some gangs claiming to no longer be targeting healthcare organizations, experts have seen "no abatement, empathy or free decryptor" from any of them.
Researchers at Boston University have written a research paper that proposes creating a smartphone app that uses short-range transmission technologies that can inform users if they have been in close proximity to a person infected with COVID-19 - while maintaining privacy.
Hackers are targeting Chinese government agencies and their employees by taking advantage of zero-day vulnerabilities in VPN servers to plant backdoors and other malware, researchers at the Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 report.
AI meeting assistants present increasing risks as more companies rely on teleconferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, says U.K.-based Steve Marshall, CISO at Bytes Technology, an IT and cybersecurity consultancy, who discusses risk mitigation steps.
As global enterprises get their arms around supporting and securing a near-total remote workforce, their digital adversaries are adapting - and so is the role of deception technology. Carolyn Crandall of Attivo Networks discusses how deception can help mitigate new risks.
A recently uncovered spear-phishing campaign is using fears of the COVID-19 pandemic to spread an information stealer called LokiBot. FortiGuard Labs researchers find that cybercriminals are once again using World Health Organization images as a lure.
Researchers at security firm Guardicore Labs are tracking a botnet they call Vollgar that's targeting devices running vulnerable Microsoft SQL Server databases with brute-force attacks and planting cryptominers in the infected databases.