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New Data Wiper Found on the Heels of Ukrainian Invasion

The single event that much of the world feared would happen as soon as Russian military forces were assembled on the borders of Ukraine and within Belarus happened during the early hours of Thursday morning. The result of the invasion has unleashed a raft of sanctions on the Russian financial system meant to hurt wealthy oligarchs who support President Vladimir Putin’s government. War, geopolitics, and related topics are not covered by this publication, however, just as the invasion began reports started emerging of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks targeting Ukrainian banks and the country's critical infrastructure emerged.

   
Conti Ransomware Gang Incorporates TrickBot

For the past four years, the name TrickBot has been featured in numerous conversations and articles, including this publication. We have covered how the malware has survived several takedowns only to return improved and ready to pave the way for ransomware gangs to encrypt high-value targets networks. We have also covered how the Conti ransomware gang partnered with TrickBot developers to improve the ransomware’s distribution and successfully targeting victims with TrickBot achieving initial compromise only for Conti to be dropped on the network to perform the knock out punch.

   
Microsoft Warns of Ice Phishing

According to a recently published article by the Microsoft 365 Defender Research Team threat actors are quickly making great strides in targeting new emergent web technologies to conduct attack campaigns. Threat actors have now moved to target blockchain and Web3 applications with credential phishing campaigns. Web3 is the term used to define the emerging decentralized web built on the cryptographic foundations that enable blockchain technology to operate.

   
BlackByte Ransomware Attacks the 49ers

Many, particularly in North America, are still dealing with the hangover from the Super Bowl. Some overindulged if they won, and others looked to drown their sorrows. For the San Francisco 49ers who did not even play in the Super Bowl, any disappointment in not playing was impacted by a cyberattack that occurred just before the Rams and Bengals were set to start.

   
Ransomware Developer Releases Decryption Keys

A ransomware developer has just recently leaked the decryption keys for three separate ransomware strains, all of which have caused no small amount of pain for numerous victims. The leak was made on Bleeping Computer’s forum, a platform used by many to remediate ransomware infections and discover more information about various malware families. Decryption keys were released for Maze, Egregor, and Sekhmet.

   
Security Researcher Takes Down North Korea's Internet

In terms of cyber security when North Korea is in the headlines it is generally as the attacker stealing vast sums of money or cryptocurrency and developing new malware  strains and toolsets that keep security researchers busy. Put differently North Korean hackers are highly skilled at making a nuisance of themselves and tend to dish out the punishment.

   
APT Groups on the March

It has been a bust week for advanced persistent threat (APT) groups if the cyber threat news cycle is anything to go off of. APT27, APT29, and Lazarus Group have all made the headlines on various platforms within a few days of one another. While this should not be read as a ramping up of activity precipitating a massive offensive, the developments highlight new capabilities and tactics used by each group that warrants further investigation.

   
LockBit Now Boasts a Linux Version

In the second half of 2021, this publication covered the emergence of a Linux variant of the BlackMatter ransomware. The group behind the ransomware strain would make the news again when the group behind BlackMatter would cease operations following a law enforcement crackdown on several ransomware gangs and their infrastructure for high profile attacks conducted earlier in the year.

   
US Treasury Department Sanctions Ukrainians for Alleged Russian Assistance

The US Treasury Department announced that the department had sanctioned four Ukrainian individuals under suspicion that they had “engaged in Russian government-directed influence activities to destabilize Ukraine”. These efforts are believed to be done with the view of assisting any military effort to control Ukrainian critical infrastructure for the benefit of Russia.

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued sanctions against Taras Kozak, Oleh Voloshyn, Volodymyr Oliynyk, and Vladimir Sivkovich. Those accused are either current or former Ukrainian officials ordered to gather information and spread disinformation.

   
White Rabbit: New Ransomware with FIN8 Connection

Since the middle of December 2021, a  new ransomware strain seemed to have emerged. Initially, famed ransomware hunter and researcher Michael Gillespie took to Twitter to see if anyone had managed to get a sample of the strain now called White Rabbit, which certainly would have picked up the ears of any Matrix fans despite the bashing the last film received.

   
New Backdoor Malware Targets Windows, Mac, and Linux

A group of cybersecurity researchers at Intezer have discovered a new malware strain that is capable of creating backdoors on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. The malware was discovered in December 2021 and hints at a trend of new malware being developed that is capable of targeting multiple operating systems.

   
Brewery Illustrates how Destructive Ransomware Can Be

Towards the end of the holiday season Portland, Oregon-based brewery McMenamins confirmed it had suffered a ransomware attack dating back to December 12, 2021. On December 16, 2021, Bleeping Computer reported that the Brewery has suffered a ransomware incident.

   
Pysa Ransomware Ramps Up Attacks

In the NCC Groups monthly threat pulse article it was discovered that the Pysa ransomware strain took the dubious honor of becoming one of the most prolific ransomware strains for the month of November. Attacking businesses has always been on the agenda for those behind Pysa, in the past the publication covered how the gang was targeting organizations within the education sector.

   
Nation-State Threat Actors Jump on the Log4j2 Bandwagon

What is rapidly turning into one of the major InfoSec talking points for the year the threat posed by potential exploitation of the Log4j2 flaw is increasing exponentially for those who have not patched the popular logging application. In our previous coverage we detailed how threat actors distributing botnets, remote access trojans, coin miners, and ransomware were already weaponizing the flaw. Now, as predicted nation-state threat actors are looking to do the same.

   

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