Iranian hackers rambled across the Albanian government's network for 14 months before launching a ransomware and disk wiper attack in July, says the U.S. government. Iran exploited a Microsoft SharePoint vulnerability to gain access and then harvested credentials and exfiltrated data.
Australian telecommunications giant Optus is warning that current and former customers' personal details were exposed, including some driver's license and passport details, but no passwords or financial details, after it suffered a major data breach.
Cyberattacks against universities have forced academia to implement new rules and processes to safeguard sensitive research from adversaries such as China, Russia and Iran. Texas A&M set up an office in 2016 to oversee security around scholarship, and the office works to prevent foreign influence.
In the latest "Proof of Concept," David Pollino, former CISO of PNC Bank, and Ari Redbord, head of legal and government affairs at TRM Labs, join ISMG editors to discuss ethical concerns for CISOs, cryptocurrency regulations, and potential foreign interference in the U.S. midterm elections.
The vulnerabilities of OT systems have been known and ignored for years, but breaches, an increasingly hostile threat environment and government programs to promote information sharing, training and cyber grant funding could finally put IT and OT security on equal ground.
Chinese state-backed cyber spies developed a Linux variant of a Windows backdoor to target a Hong Kong university after Beijing squashed pro-democracy protests in the city. The threat group, called SparklingGoblin, deployed the custom-built implant in February 2021, Eset researchers say.
The U.S. government accused Iran of turning a blind eye to ransomware hackers after indicting three men affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Authorities say their attacks affected critical infrastructure including healthcare centers, transportation services and utility providers.
Iran is again implicated in a cyberattack against Albania, this time on a border-crossing system. Albanian government officials acknowledged the attack on Saturday, just days after the country broke off relations with Tehran in a rebuke for launching an assault on Albania's e-government portal.
The Lazarus Group, a North Korean advanced persistent threat gang, recently targeted energy companies in Canada, the U.S. and Japan to establish long-term access into victim networks to conduct espionage operations by deploying custom-built malware implants VSingle, YamaBot and MagicRAT.
The United States hit Iran with a new round of sanctions after linking Tehran with the July cyberattack against Albania. The sanctions are more symbolic than material in effect but send a message that hacking U.S. allies has consequences.
In the latest weekly update, Ari Redbord, head of legal and government affairs at TRM Labs, joins ISMG editors to discuss how extremist groups could circumvent sanctions and fund terrorism through NFTs, the limitations of digital assets regulations, and new U.K. rules for crypto exchange reporting.
Whether for profit or in furtherance of Russian geopolitical interests - or both - former members of the Conti ransomware group have been targeting networks operated by the Ukrainian government and businesses, as well as European nonprofit organizations, Google's Threat Analysis Group reports.
Albania cut diplomatic ties with Iran following a July cyberattack that disrupted the country's online governmental services portal. Prime Minister Edi Rama today said he gave Iranian diplomats 24 hours to depart the country after establishing Iranian responsibility for the cyberattack.
An Iranian state-sponsored group in operation since 2015 relies on highly targeted social engineering to try and attack individuals and organizations that Tehran deems enemies of the regime, says a new report from cyberthreat intelligence firm Mandiant.
China again accused the United States of cyberespionage as it seeks to reframe the global narrative on hacking. China's status as the world's worst cyber thief "annoys them tremendously," says Jim Lewis of CSIS. Beijing says it caught the NSA hacking into Northwestern Polytechnical University.