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Major Gaming Companies Hit with Ransomware Linked to APT27

Researchers say a recent attack targeting videogaming developers has ‘strong links’ to the infamous APT27 threat group. A recent slew of related ransomware attacks on top videogame companies has been associated with the notorious Chinese-linked APT27 threat group, suggesting that the advanced persistent threat (APT) is swapping up its historically . . . Read more

Defending Against State and State-Sponsored Threat Actors

Saryu Nayyar of Gurucul discusses state and state-sponsored threat actors, the apex predators of the cybersecurity world. Security threats from states and state-sponsored actors have been around since before the field of cybersecurity was defined. They have now evolved to cyberspace, and present unique challenges for defenders. While there are . . . Read more

SideWinder APT Targets Nepal, Afghanistan in Wide-Ranging Spy Campaign

Convincing email-credentials phishing, emailed backdoors and mobile apps are all part of the groups latest effort against military and government targets. The SideWinder advanced persistent threat (APT) group has mounted a fresh phishing and malware initiative, using recent territory disputes between China, India, Nepal and Pakistan as lures. The goal . . . Read more

As Modern Mobile Enables Remote Work, It Also Demands Security

Lookout’s Hank Schless discusses accelerated threats to mobile endpoints in the age of COVID-19-sparked remote working. Smartphones, tablets, collaboration apps and other modern framework tools are critical to maintaining productivity remotely, but they also demand an integrated security strategy purpose-built for mobile devices. The coronavirus pandemic has completely upended the . . . Read more

Think-Tanks Under Attack by APTs, CISA Warns

The feds have seen ongoing cyberattacks on think-tanks (bent on espionage, malware delivery and more), using phishing and VPN exploits as primary attack vectors. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the FBI have issued a warning on what they say are persistent, continued cyberattacks by advanced persistent threat . . . Read more

Digitally Signed Bandook Trojan Reemerges in Global Spy Campaign

A strain of the 13-year old backdoor Bandook trojan has been spotted in an espionage campaign. A wave of targeted cyberattack campaigns bent on espionage is cresting around the globe, using a strain of a 13-year old backdoor trojan named Bandook. According to Check Point Research, Bandook was last spotted . . . Read more

Pandemic, A Driving Force in 2021 Financial Crime

Ransomware gangs with zero-days and more players overall will characterize financially motivated cyberattacks next year. Financial cybercrime in 2021 is set to evolve, researchers say, with extortion practices becoming more widespread, ransomware gangs consolidating and advanced exploits being used more effectively to target victims. That’s according to key predictions from . . . Read more

Google Services Weaponized to Bypass Security in Phishing, BEC Campaigns

Attackers exploiting an array of Google Services, including Forms, Firebase, Docs and more to boost phishing and BEC campaigns. A spike in recent phishing and business email compromise (BEC) attacks can be traced back to criminals learning how to exploit Google Services, according to research from Armorblox. Social distancing has . . . Read more