Cyber Bites

25% Of Iranian Internet Taken Down by Powerful Cyber Attack

Hot on the heels of a "serious" cyber-attack that compromised United Nations servers, and in the same week that the head of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, warned of the global financial implications of cyber-attacks, Iran has seemingly come under cyber-attack. Indeed, so powerful was the impact of this alleged attack that the internet was disrupted across the country. Source: Forbes

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GIGABYTE Driver exploited by ransomware to kill AV Processes

The attackers behind the RobbinHood Ransomware are exploiting a vulnerable GIGABYTE driver to install a malicious and unsigned driver into Windows that is used to terminate antivirus and security software. When performing a network-wide compromise, ransomware attackers need to push out a ransomware executable as quickly as possible and to as many systems as they can to avoid being detected. Source: Bleeping Computer

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Chinese hacking campaign warning by Malaysia government

A Chinese state-sponsored hacking group has been targeting Malaysian government officials, computer experts with the Malaysian government said on Wednesday.The purpose of the attacks has been to infect computers of government officials with malware and then steal confidential documents from government networks, Malaysia's Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT) said in a security advisory. Source: ZD Net

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Election hacked by Russians

The Obama administration thought its warnings to Russia about ceasing its electoral interference in 2016 worked, according to the latest instalment of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report into Russian election interference. “Senior administration officials told the Committee that they assessed that their warnings to Russia before the election had the desired effect, and that Russia undertook little to no additional action once the warnings were delivered,” the report found. Source: The Daily Beast

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Teaching paper computers

A notorious malware campaign is targeting banks and financial institutions in the US and the UK with cyberattacks that are not only destructive in their own right, but could also be used as the basis for future intrusions by other hackers. Emotet started life as a banking trojan, but has also evolved into a botnet, with its criminal operators leasing out its capabilities to those who want to distribute their own malware to compromise machines Source: ZD Net

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Air-Gapped Computers targeted by exfiltrating data from using screen brightness

It may sound creepy and unreal, but hackers can also exfiltrate sensitive data from your computer by simply changing the brightness of the screen, new cybersecurity research shared with The Hacker News revealed. In recent years, several cybersecurity researchers demonstrated innovative ways to covertly exfiltrate data from a physically isolated air-gapped computer that can't connect wirelessly or physically with other computers or network devices. Source: The Hacker News  

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Return of the CamuBot Banking Trojan attack

The malware is back in targeted attacks against Brazilian banking customers, this time using a new technique that involves mobile app authorization. The CamuBot malware, known for targeting Brazilian bank customers, has returned in a slew of recent offensives. The latest wave of attacks are highly personalized and, unlike previous campaigns, target victims’ mobile banking apps as an extra step to evade detection when making fraudulent transfers. Source: Threat Post

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Personal Information of 654K Medicaid patients exposed in breach

Medicaid coordinated care organization (CCO) Health Share of Oregon today disclosed a data breach exposing the health and personal info of 654,362 individuals following the theft of a laptop owned by its transportation vendor GridWorks IC. The non-profit organization is Oregon's largest Medicaid CCO and it serves the Oregon Health Plan (Medicaid) members in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Source: Bleeping Computer

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