Cyber-Espionage

UPDATE: Trump taps Pompeo, Flynn and Sessions for key security posts; James Clapper to resign

UPDATE: Trump taps Pompeo, Flynn and Sessions for key security posts; James Clapper to resign

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President-elect Trump has tapped Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) as CIA director, and retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security advisor, and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as attorney general.

Cross border computer probes gets nod in Switzerland

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The Swiss intelligence service received permission to begin tapping phones and monitoring emails following a vote in the nation's parliament and approval by a public referendum.

Clapper: Russia has a long history of trying to interfere with elections

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Director of national intelligence James Clapper said there have been previous instances of Russian attempts to influence US elections going back to the 1960s.

Guccifer 2.0 again denies Russian connection, mocks reports linking hacker to APT groups

Guccifer 2.0 again denies Russian connection, mocks reports linking hacker to APT groups

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An individual who self-identified as Guccifer 2.0 continues to deny reports by security firms that link the purported hacker or hacking group to Russian advanced persistent threat (APT) groups.

AgentTesla campaign engages in cyber-squatting to host and deliver spyware

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Researchers recently discovered a new spyware campaign that used cyber-squatting techniques to distribute the AgentTesla keylogger via a domain whose name was strikingly similar to the consulting firm Diode Technologies.

Spyware that Vietnam Airlines posed as McAfee antivirus

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A Malwarebytes analysis of the espionage toolkit that recently infected Vietnam Airlines revealed a modular variant of the Korplug remote access trojan (RAT) that in this case disguises itself as a McAfee antivirus program.

China launches first quantum satellite for "hack-proof" quantum comms

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China launched an orbital carrier rocket early Tuesday morning carrying the 'Micius' satellite, believed to be the world's first quantum satellite.

Email accounts of Hillary Clinton and 100+ Democratic officials hacked

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As the FBI investigation into the hack of the Democratic National Committee broadens, it is being reported that the private email accounts of Hillary Clinton and more than 100 Democratic officials also have been breached.

Groups oppose EU funding of Romanian intelligence agency's facial recognition data program

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European privacy groups have voiced opposition to a planned surveillance data project that would significantly expand the technology capabilities of Romania's domestic intelligence service.

Kaspersky: ProjectSauron, aka Strider, rivals the most elite APTs in sophistication

Kaspersky: ProjectSauron, aka Strider, rivals the most elite APTs in sophistication

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The cyber-espionage group identified as Strider by Symantec researchers is as sophisticated a threat as any known APT in history -- including Duqu, Flame, The Equation Group and Regin -- according to an analysis by Kaspersky Lab.

Italian RAT targets Android devices in China by IMEI codes

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Researchers discovered a RAT that targets Android phones in China and Japan and appears to select victims based on their devices' IMEI codes.

Senators push for Oversight hearing into Trump's Russia comments

Senators push for Oversight hearing into Trump's Russia comments

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US Senators asked Ted Cruz (R-TX) to hold a hearing that examines Donald Trump's Russia comments entreating Russia to "find the 30,000 emails that are missing."

Trump's Russian interests and Guccifer 2.0

Trump's Russian interests and Guccifer 2.0

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A flood of information has emerged that connects GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump to a questionable cast of characters who are linked to Russian interests.

Patchwork cyber-espionage campaign branches out to strike businesses

Patchwork cyber-espionage campaign branches out to strike businesses

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The cyber-gang behind the Patchwork, aka Dropping Elephant, cyber-espionage campaign has expanded its reach outside of government organisations and is now hitting the private sector.

GCHQ infosec group disclosed kernel privilege exploit to Apple

GCHQ infosec group disclosed kernel privilege exploit to Apple

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GCHQ's infosec unit CESG was credited with the discovery of two vulnerabilities that were patched by Apple last week.

Eastern Ukraine separatists seemingly targeted in Operation Groundbait APT

Eastern Ukraine separatists seemingly targeted in Operation Groundbait APT

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Researchers have discovered a malware-based APT dating back to 2008 that at least appears to target political enemies of Ukraine, including pro-Russia separatists in the disputed eastern region of the country.

Seoul blames North Korea for cyber-attack on defence contractor

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North Korea denies claims by South Korea that it was behind a cyber-attack on a navy defence contractor.

Android/Clicker.G malware found in Google Play apps

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Researchers found a series of malicious apps containing Android/Clicker.G on the Google Play store. The campaign targets mobile devices in Russia, but they affect apps that are available globally.

Hacker behind Hacking Team breach publishes how-to guide

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Phineas Fisher, the hacker who claimed responsibility for breaching Hacking Team last year, published a how-to guide detailing his process in executing the attack.

New cyber-espionage trojan spreading in Taiwan

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A new backdoor trojan created to siphon information has been detected by Symantec researchers.

How Pawn Storm uses Fysbis as a Linux backdoor

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The cyber-espionage group Pawn Storm has been using Fysbis malware as a backdoor that allows the group to infect Linux systems.

Social media and tech giants must combat online extremism better

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In the past year, Islamic State (IS), formerly ISIS/ISIL, has used social media and encrypted online platforms to recruit terrorists and promote propaganda content.

Bush shows teeth, says Clinton 'didn't take cyber-security seriously'

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Jeb Bush criticised Hillary Clinton's lax cyber policies as secretary of state. "We can't trust someone as our next president who didn't take cyber-security seriously," he wrote.

Microsoft promises to tell users of state-sponsored hacking attempts

Microsoft promises to tell users of state-sponsored hacking attempts

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Microsoft unveiled a revised policy to inform users when it believes an account has been targeted by state-sponsored hackers.

Israeli missile defence chief dismissed for breach of security protocol

Israeli missile defence chief dismissed for breach of security protocol

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Israel's Defence Ministry dismissed Yair Ramati, the nation's head of missile defence, for a "grave breach of information security."

China announces it arrested hackers connected to OPM breach

China announces it arrested hackers connected to OPM breach

China has arrested the individuals it says are responsible for the mega-breach of the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in June, according to The Washington Post, citing anonymous US officials.

G-20 nations agree: No cyber-theft of intellectual property

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G-20 nations struck a deal at a two-day summit in Antalya, Turkey.

Researchers discover morphed RATs capable of DDoS, phone log manipulation

Researchers discover morphed RATs capable of DDoS, phone log manipulation

As quickly as researchers discover ways to remove and block Remote Access Trojans used for spying on mobile devices and computers, hackers are creating new spyware strains from previously discovered malware - and they are developing more advanced capabilities than the original malware.

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