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- A joint operation by the Europol, Italian and Spanish law enforcement culminated in the arrests of 106 members of the Italian cybercrime nexus for their involvement in multi-million-dollar cybercrime and money laundering activities.
- The Australian state of Victoria's government initiated a new five-year-old cyber strategy that plans on allocating 50 million AUD to reinforce the state’s cyber resilience. The strategy would primarily emphasize the safe delivery of government services and designing a vibrant cyber economy and safe cyberspace.
- The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Suex cryptocurrency exchange for facilitating ransom transactions to at least eight ransomware variants and helping them evade sanctions.
- The Brazilian government issued a data protection guide that aims to raise awareness among the public. The guide delineates the rights of data holders and provides recommendations on how they can protect their information.
- WizCase uncovered an unprotected database exposing over one terabyte of data in 5.5 million files pertaining to hundreds of thousands of employees of a Colombian firm, Coninsa Ramon. EventBuilder, an event management firm, exposed roughly a million records—affecting the PII of at least 100,000 event registrants—via an unprotected Azure Blob storage.
- REvil ransomware has designed a backdoor that enables it to hijack victim chats and in turn, swindle affiliates of their ransom cuts.
- Delta Medical Center in Missouri and Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles suffered ransomware attacks by Hive and Vice Society ransomware gangs, respectively. The groups stole confidential patient data.
- A critical flaw was reported in Microsoft’s Autodiscover protocol, a feature to configure Exchange clients such as Outlook, which jeopardizes user credentials.
- Post security audit, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry underlined that two Chinese models—Huawei P40 5G and Xiaomi Mi 10T 5G—breach user privacy and have secret censorship capabilities.
- NEW Cooperative was hit by a $5.9 million ransom demand after the BlackMatter group claimed to have stolen a terabyte of data. This incident was soon followed by Crystal Valley Cooperative, one of the largest U.S. agriculture businesses, being hit by a potential ransomware attack. The FBI has issued warning against burgeoning threats against the food and agriculture sectors.
- Cross-chain protocol pNetwork suffered a loss of more than $12 million worth of crypto assets as attackers abused a codebase vulnerability.
- The U.S. optometry provider Simon Eye reportedly experienced a seven-day-long data breach encompassing sensitive records of more than 144,000 individuals.
- A popular hacker forum was found selling a database allegedly containing 3.8 billion Clubhouse and Facebook user records. While the entire database has a price tag of $100,000, the owner would split it into parts.
- The DOJ unveiled that AT&T suffered a loss of more than $200 million after a Pakistani fraudster managed to illegally unlock nearly two million phones.
- FamousSparrow, a new entrant to the cyberespionage space, is reportedly spying on users across multiple sectors, including government, engineering, legal, and hospitality.
- Microsoft laid bare a massive Phishing-as-a-Service operation called BulletProofLink that offers built-in hosting and email-sending services, and more, at a relatively low cost.
- A new TangleBot smishing campaign was discovered targeting Android users in the U.S. and Canada with lures related to COVID-19 regulations and vaccine information.
- Six new versions of the Jupyter infostealer have been disclosed, which use digitally signed certificates to avoid detection.
- Drinik banking trojan was spotted in a new attack campaign that targeted more than 27 public and private banks across India. It collects full names, email addresses, call logs, message logs, and financial details of users.
- A new fileless attack campaign dubbed Water Basilisk used a new variant of HCrypt crypter to distribute numerous RATs to target systems.
- The newly discovered TinyTurla backdoor is being used in attacks against the U.S., Germany, and Afghanistan. The campaign uses DLL side loading technique to evade detection.
- A low-effort cryptocurrency giveaway scam called Elon Musk Mutual Aid Fund or Elon Musk Club was found making its way into victims’ inboxes.
Posted on: September 24, 2021
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