"Molerats," an Arabic-speaking advanced persistent threat group that has been targeting victims for several years, is now abusing Facebook accounts, as well as other cloud-based platforms, to deploy previously undocumented malware as part of an ongoing espionage campaign, according to Cybereason.
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.
CISA is warning about a possible password leak that could affect vulnerable Fortinet VPNs and lead to further exploitation. The latest agency notice comes just days after hackers began publishing what they claim are leaked passwords on underground forums, according to researchers.
Criminals continue to rely on automated bots for phishing attacks, web scraping, credential stuffing and more. But while gangs previously needed to amass large, powerful botnets to be effective, now they need relatively few devices, says Group-IB CTO Dmitry Volkov.
French IT services firm Sopra Steria, which was hit with Ryuk ransomware in October, now estimates that the attack could cost the company up to $60 million in recovery costs. Experts say that after going quiet in March, Ryuk reappeared in September, and has targeted numerous hospitals.
The Home Depot reached a $17.5 million settlement of a multistate lawsuit stemming from a 2014 data breach that compromised the payment card data of 40 million customers. The company will also implement new security procedures as part of the agreement.
Researchers have identified a fresh variant of the Grelos skimmer that has co-opted the infrastructure that MageCart uses for its own skimming attacks against e-commerce sites, according to RiskIQ. The malware has been found on several small and mid-size e-commerce sites worldwide.
Although the global financial industry has made strides in protecting its data from malware, including Trojans, cyberthreats such as network intrusion, ransomware and criminal gang cooperation are presenting fresh challenges, according to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Over the past five years, ransomware-as-a-service offerings have largely evolved from putting automated toolkits into the hands of subscribers to recruiting affiliates and sharing profits. To maximize revenue, some larger operators are also seeking affiliates with more advanced IT and hacking skills.
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A recently uncovered point-of-sale malware called "ModPipe" is targeting Oracle software used by thousands of restaurants and other businesses in the hospitality industry, according to researchers at ESET. This backdoor can then steal sensitive data, such as cardholder names.
Darkside is the latest ransomware operation to announce an affiliate program in which a ransomware operator maintains crypto-locking malware and a ransom payment infrastructure while crowdsourced and vetted affiliates find and infect targets. When a victim pays, the operator and affiliate share the loot.
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.