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European Government Agencies Targeted In SmugX Campaign

New research from security firm Check Point shows Chinese Threat Actors actively targeting European government agencies with a focus on embassies and foreign affairs ministries in a campaign used to distribute SmugX.

   
Free Akira Ransomware Decryptor Released To The Public

Security firm Avast has released a free decryptor for those impacted by the Akira ransomware. The decryptor can help victims recover their data without paying the ransom, and Avast has released decryptors for both 64-bit and 32-bit Windows operating systems.

   
DDoS Malware Distributed Through Compromised Linux SSH Servers

According to a recent report by AhnLab Security Emergency Response Center (ASEC), researchers discovered an attack campaign by an unknown threat actor using poorly managed Linux SSH servers to distribute Tsunami DDoS, a distributed-denial-of-service malware, along with several other malware strains to carry out different tasks on compromised machines.

   
Rhysida Ransomware Used In Attack On The Chilean Army

The threat actors behind one of the ransomware's newest kids on the block Rhysida have announced they will leak documents belonging to the Chilean Army. This comes after the Army confirmed that systems were impacted in a security incident detected over the weekend on May 27, 2023.

   
Pirated Windows 10 Downloads Used to Distribute Clipper Malware

According to a new report by Doctor Web, pirated versions of Windows 10 are being used to distribute clipper malware. Interestingly, the malware is hidden in EFI partitions to evade detection.

   
Sancionated Crypto Mixer Tornado Cash Hijacked

Following a tweet by samczum and subsequent investigations by journalists at Bloomberg, the sanctioned crypto mixer has suffered the cryptocurrency version of a hostile takeover.

   
Threat Actors Actively Exploiting WordPress Plugin Flaw

According to a recent report by Akamai, threat actors are actively looking to exploit a critical vulnerability found in a WordPress plugin, some 24 hours after proof-of-concept code was released to the public at large.

   
State-Sponsored Threat Actors Exploiting PaperCut Vulnerabilities

Last week this publication covered how ransomware operations were exploiting recently disclosed and patched PaperCut server vulnerabilities. According to PaperCut, the vulnerabilities, if exploited, can allow for remote code execution.

   
New Malware Granting Threat Actors Hidden VNC Access

According to a new report published by Elastic Security Labs, their security researchers discovered a new malware strain dubbed LOBSHOT.

The discovery was made when researchers notices a spike a malvertising campaigns at the start of  2023, where threat actors distributed malware strains using an elaborate scheme of fake websites through Google Ads.

   
Ransomware Gangs Actively Exploiting PaperCut Server Vulnerabilities

In March 2023, two vulnerabilities were patched in the PaperCut Application Server, both of which would allow a threat actor, if exploited, to perform unauthenticated remote code execution and information disclosure.

   
Action1 RMM Seen Abused In Ransomware Attacks

Following several reports from security firms, it appears that ransomware operators are abusing the remote monitoring and management (RMM) product Action1 RMM which is used by Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to manage endpoints on customer networks remotely.

   
Security Researchers Discover The Fastest Known Ransomware Variant Rorschach

In a recently published report by security firm Check Point, a newly discovered ransomware is breaking new records for the fastest encryptor. That might be the headlining grabbing feature of Rorschach, but the malware’s developers have looked to use the best features from several other variants to create a frightening foe for those tasked to defend IT infrastructure.

   
New BlackGuard Variant Capable Of Targeting 57 Wallets And Extensions

Security researchers for the major telecommunications company AT&T have discovered a new variant of BlackGuard, a new info stealer that is gaining popularity with threat actors using underground hacking forums.

This new variant is actively being distributed in the wild and boosts several new features, including targeting crypto wallets and related cryptocurrency extensions.

   
Emotet Returns With A Sneaky Way To Avoid Detection

On March 7, 2022, Bleeping Computer broke the news that Emotet activity had surged back to life and the malware was once again facilitating the sending of malicious spam emails.

After a three-month break, the malware’s operators deemed it was time to ramp up operations once more from an all too brief hiatus. Emotet’s operators have been known to take extended periods away from time to time only to resurface a few months later.

   

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