North Korean hackers have been "targeting security researchers working on vulnerability research and development at different companies and organizations" to trick them into installing backdoored software that gives attackers remote access to their systems, warns Google's Threat Analysis Group.
The SolarWinds supply chain compromise has raised questions over how to detect software that has been tainted during the vendor's development and build process. A concept called verified reproducible builds could help, says David Wheeler of the Linux Foundation.
Security vendor SonicWall is investigating what the company calls a "coordinated attack" against its internal network by threat actors using a zero-day exploit within the company's remote access products. SonicWall is urging customers to apply temporary fixes to secure VPNs and gateways.
The Federal Trade Commission's announcement this week of a proposed health data privacy settlement with Flo Health, a fertility-tracking mobile app vendor, illustrates how the agency can play a critical role in helping ensure data not regulated under HIPAA is protected.
Microsoft Teams has enjoyed explosive growth over the past year, and that reinforces some key points about Office 365 and secure backup. Karinne Bessette of Veeam Software and Archana Venkatraman of IDC share new insights and strategies.
Investigators probing the supply chain attack that hit SolarWinds say attackers successfully hacked the company's Microsoft Visual Studio development tools to add a backdoor into Orion network monitoring security software builds. They warn that other vendors may have been similarly subverted.
Security researchers are warning that attackers appear to have stepped up scanning for vulnerable Zyxel products, including VPN gateways, access point controllers and firewalls. A recently disclosed vulnerability in the company's firmware can create a hard-coded backdoor.
This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of the very latest information about the SolarWinds hack. Also featured are discussions of "zero trust" for the hybrid cloud environment and data privacy regulatory trends.
Reacting to reports claiming hackers may have used JetBrains' TeamCity tool as an initial infection vector during the attack against SolarWinds, JetBrains CEO Maxim Shafirov says the company has not been contacted by investigators. But he says customer misconfiguration of TeamCity could have enabled a hack.
A recently uncovered remote access Trojan, dubbed ElectroRAT, has been stealing cryptocurrency from digital wallets over the past year, according to researchers at Intezer Labs. The malware, written in Golang, can target Windows, Linux and macOS platforms.
Although two earlier executive orders from President Donald Trump banning the use of the Chinese-made apps TikTok and WeChat are still hung up in the courts, the president has issued a new executive order banning eight other Chinese apps, citing threats they pose to national security, economy and foreign policy.
As investigators probe the SolarWinds hack, they're finding that the supply chain campaign appears to have deeply compromised more than the 50 organizations originally suspected. Meanwhile, the federal agencies overseeing the investigation now officially believe a Russian-linked hacking group is responsible.
The SolarWinds breach is a case study in how attackers can subvert a widely used piece of software to turn it to their advantage, says Lou Manousos, CEO of RiskIQ. The attack surface management expert details lessons all organizations must learn in the wake of this "unprecedented" attack.
An evolving workplace, greater reliance on IoT and the cloud, and already we have seen the new face of supply chain attacks. This is the backdrop for 2021, and Imperva's Brian Anderson offers insights into the cyber-attack outlook.