While many details about the SolarWinds Orion hack and full victim list remain unknown, experts have ascribed the apparent espionage campaign to Russia. Now, however, Reuters reports that a separate group of Chinese hackers was also exploiting SolarWinds vulnerabilities to hack targets.
Ransomware operations continue to come and go. The notorious Maze ransomware gang retired last year, apparently replaced by Egregor, while new operators, such as Pay2Key, RansomEXX and Everest, have emerged. But in recent months, experts say, just six operations have accounted for 84% of attacks.
Up to 30% of the organizations hit as part of the cyberespionage campaign waged by the hackers responsible for the SolarWinds supply chain attack did not use the company’s compromised software, says Brandon Wales, acting director of CISA. These victims were targeted in a variety of other ways, he says.
More fraudsters are using artificial intelligence to generate “Frankenstein faces” for use in synthetic identity fraud. Kathleen Peters of Experian outlines this disturbing development in fraudster behavior, as outlined in a new report.
An APT group known as Lebanese Cedar has launched a cyberespionage campaign targeting telecommunication companies and ISPs, according to the Israeli security firm ClearSky, which says the attacks have spread beyond the Middle East to the U.S. and Europe.
U.S. and Bulgarian authorities have seized servers and disrupted the infrastructure and darknet websites of the Netwalker ransomware gang. Police have also arrested one person and confiscated ransom money collected by the cybercriminal gang. The news comes the same week the Emotet botnet was disrupted.
Email security vendor Mimecast confirmed Tuesday that the hackers responsible for the SolarWinds supply chain hack also breached the security firm's network to compromise a digital certificate that encrypts data that moves between some of the firm's products and Microsoft's servers.
Symantec Threat Intelligence says it's uncovered another malware variant used in the SolarWinds supply chain hack - a loader nicknamed "Raindrop" that apparently was used to deliver Cobalt Strike, a legitimate penetration testing tool, to a handful of targets.
The U.S. Capitol siege and the impeachment of President Trump are being exploited for disinformation purposes ahead of Inauguration Day by Russia, Iran and China, a U.S. joint threat assessment reportedly warns. But in terms of violence, domestic extremists are the principal threat.
Many of the insurrectionists who marched on the Capitol on Jan. 6 and violently forced their way into the building livestreamed their activities or boasted about them via social media. Those self-identifying actions have helped law enforcement authorities identify some of the more than 70 individuals charged.
As thousands of National Guard troops pour into Washington to provide security for the Jan. 20 inauguration of Joe Biden as president, cybersecurity analysts are calling attention to the need to defend against cyber incidents as well.
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.
The "Sunburst" backdoor deployed in the breach of SolarWinds' Orion network monitoring tool uses some of the same code found in the "Kazuar" backdoor, which security researchers have previously tied to Russian hackers, the security firm Kaspersky reports.
The U.S. Department of State has announced plans to create a Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies to enhance its security and help it deal with international cybersecurity issues. But it remains to be seen if those plans will be carried out by the incoming Biden administration.