An advanced persistent threat group gained long-term access to an unnamed entity's network through its Ivanti Pulse Secure VPN and SolarWinds' Orion server and then installed Supernova malware, according to the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
SonicWall has patched three zero-day vulnerabilities in the hosted and on-premises versions of its Email Security product after attackers began exploiting them last month. Attackers can exploit the flaws to access email and pivot deeper into organizations' systems, FireEye Mandiant reports.
While the Biden administration is betting that the latest round of sanctions aimed at Russia and its economy will help deter the country's cyber operations, several U.S. agencies used the sanctions announcement as an opportunity to pull back the curtain on the tactics of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service.
The Russian state-sponsored group Fancy Bear was responsible for breaches at the Swedish Sports Confederation that resulted in hackers accessing sensitive athlete information, including doping test results, according to the Swedish Prosecution Authority. But Sweden will not pursue legal action in the case.
Chad Wolf, the former acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, has confirmed the accuracy of an earlier news report saying that the SolarWinds supply chain attackers gained access to his unclassified DHS email accounts, which included calendar details.
Initial access brokers continue to ply their trade, selling immediate access to hacked sites to make it easier for gangs to steal data and crypto-lock systems. But researchers say an overabundant supply of access credentials appears to be driving down the prices being commanded on cybercrime forums and markets.
The increasing reliance on collaboration tools such as Slack and Discord to support those working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic has opened up new ways for fraudsters and cybercriminals to bypass security tools and deliver malware, Cisco Talos reports.
Attackers are targeting unpatched SAP applications, and the exploits could lead to the hijacking of the vulnerable systems, data theft and ransomware attacks, SAP and Onapsis Research Labs report. They note that patches for most of the flaws have been available for several years.
The lack of automation and actionable threat intelligence may be preventing enterprises from developing the fully functional Cyber Fusion Centers they envision. Anomali's Mark Alba shares ideas on how to change that.
The Iranian-linked threat group TA453, also known as Charming Kitten and Phosphorus, conducted a phishing campaign, dubbed "BadBlood," in late 2020 that targeted senior U.S. and Israeli medical researchers in an attempt to obtain their Microsoft Office credentials, according to Proofpoint.
Security practitioners often tread a fine and not entirely well-defined legal line in collecting current and meaningful research. This research can also pose ethical questions when commercial sources for stolen data fall into a gray area.