Cybersecurity

New Trojan “Bateleur” Targets Restaurant Chains

New Trojan “Bateleur” Targets Restaurant Chains

Researchers have recently discovered a new malware called “Bateleur” that has been targeting restaurant chains equipped with Windows systems.   Named after a breed of eagle, the trojan comes as a Word document attachment attached to a phishing email sent from an Outlook address. The email includes a message about a previously discussed check, and claims that the attachment uses ‘Outlook Protect Service’ or ‘Google Documents Protect Service’  to lure the recipient into opening the file. When the attachment is opened, Bateleur runs a series of scheduled tasks to avoid detection. Researchers also say that it is a robust Jscript […]

India Cyber Attack On Over 60,000 Routers Claimed by BrickerBot Developer

India Cyber Attack On Over 60,000 Routers Claimed by BrickerBot Developer

India — News last Monday revealed that the cyber attack that disconnected more than 60,000 routers in India was claimed by the developer of the BrickerBot malware. Users reported that the attack happened from July 25 to July 29 to routers issued by local ISPs, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The BrickerBot author came forward and spoke to Bleeping Computer reporters, revealing he orchestrated the downtime. The malware strain affects Linux IoT networking systems, which can be used to gather devices into botnets for DDoS attacks. Furthermore, he created the malware to call out […]

Thousands of Macron Campaign Emails Allegedly Stolen and Published in WikiLeaks

Thousands of Macron Campaign Emails Allegedly Stolen and Published in WikiLeaks

Earlier this week, an unknown attacker allegedly stole and leaked an estimated 20,000 French electoral campaign emails that were digitally authenticated and published in WikiLeaks. The emails detailed President Emmanuel Macron’s crusade against election rival Marine Le Pen. The leaked messages were said to have been posted two days before France’s May 7 election. Following the issue, President Macron’s political group accused WikiLeaks of heading a destabilization plot, stating they will take the issue to the criminal court. In June, French cybersecurity firm ANSSI said they found no proof of any individual or group that linked the hacking to Macron’s […]

Putin Approves Law to Block VPNs in Russia

Putin Approves Law to Block VPNs in Russia

A bill in Russia forbidding the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) has been officially signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop access to illegal websites.   Approved last Sunday, the law was sanctioned by the lower courts of the Russian parliament called Duma, and will be implemented on November 1, 2017. It will officially prohibit VPN and other tools that help users maintain an anonymous identity while going online. Chief of Duma information policy committee Leonid Levin stated that the rule ultimately aims to stop access to illegal information, and should not worry citizens who dutifully comply with […]

N. Korea Hackers Suspected of Attacks to Fund Weapons Development

N. Korea Hackers Suspected of Attacks to Fund Weapons Development

Last Friday, a South Korean government-linked source said that North Korean hackers are launching attacks to steal finances for weapons fund. Though the country has repeatedly refused accusations, South Korea’s Financial Security Institute (FSI) stated that North Korean attackers have been hounding their financial organizations based on researched cyber attacks from 2015-2017. Apart from FSI, other cybersecurity firms suspect North Korea was involved in the WannaCry outbreak, an international cyber attack that affected Britain’s healthcare facilities, extorting money from users in exchange for valuable data. Kaspersky also connected North Korea to Polish bank attacks that usurped cryptocurrency. According to a […]

Def Con Calls On Hackers to Break Into Election Machines

Def Con Calls On Hackers to Break Into Election Machines

Las Vegas, Nevada — In a report last Friday, noted hacker convention Def Con tasked participants this weekend to raid voting equipment in an effort to detect system weaknesses that can be abused to influence election outcomes. This year, the Def Con conference aims to spread knowledge on how perpetrators utilize cyber attacks to manipulate votes. It comes amid the rising fears of electoral interference, with reports saying Russia aided Trump in winning the last election. Def Con’s coordinator Jake Braun stated that voting results are not hack-proof. He said those who claim that election equipment cannot be rigged are […]

Increased Cybersecurity Threats Opens Job Market for Hackers

Increased Cybersecurity Threats Opens Job Market for Hackers

Las Vegas, Nevada — Last Friday, a report reiterated how the rise cyber attacks have created business opportunities for hackers in the field of cybersecurity and data protection. This is evident in hacker conventions like the Def Con conference and the Black Hat convention where recruitment has flourished on the side. Jen Ellis, VP for cybersecurity firm Rapid7 Inc., says they also hold parties to meet highly-skilled people who fit specific security roles. As industries adopt digital management, securing information has become an absolute necessity. Businesses that were not dependent on technological management, from the medical field to automobile businesses, […]

Google Warns Android Users of New Data-Stealing Spyware Called Lipizzan

Google Warns Android Users of New Data-Stealing Spyware Called Lipizzan

Last Thursday, Google cybersecurity researchers discovered and blocked a new Android malware named Lipizzan that can steal data from emails and messages, record phone calls, and take photos and videos of victims. Lipizzan is known as the intelligent two-step spyware tool that can be contracted through the Google Play Store and several other channels. The malware is said to appear as an inconspicuous app like a cleaner or backup program. This includes 20 other apps, surpassing Google Play security functions since it only begins infection when downloaded by the device. Google was able to stop the initial outbreak of the […]

Free Anti-Virus Being Rolled Out By Kaspersky Lab

Free Anti-Virus Being Rolled Out By Kaspersky Lab

According to news last Wednesday, free anti-virus protection will be provided by Russian security company Kaspersky Lab to users worldwide. In a blog published by Eugene Kaspersky, the free version of the antivirus offers basic system protection, including automatic updates, self-defense, quarantine, email, and file, among several initial features. The software is said to ensure protected online browsing against phishing and malicious files that can be run on a user’s system. Kaspersky states that the free anti-virus will not go head-to-head with its paid version. Although it offers basic protection, they believe it covers enough security grounds for systems. The […]

Free Decryption Tool Now Available for Standard Versions of Petya Ransomware

Free Decryption Tool Now Available for Standard Versions of Petya Ransomware

Researchers have released a free decryption tool to aid affected Petya ransomware users in recovering their data, according to news last Wednesday. Sources say the decryption tool can address original versions of Petya like GoldenEye, Green Petya, and Red Petya, but not the PetrWrap or NotPetya strains. After the NotPetya infection, ransomware originator Janus disclosed the master key for the strain. Malwarebytes cyber security researchers then took it upon themselves to analyze it and release a decryptor. Though the free decryptor helps users retrieve files, researchers warn of problems that may arise once it’s run. Tests revealed that the program […]