Cyber-Espionage News, Articles and Updates

Cyber-espionage spear-phishing campaign hits Saudi Arabia

Spear-phishing attacks aimed at placing cyber-espionage malware on government computers using an infected Word document are being blamed on about a dozen Saudi Arabian agencies.

Hired Hackers target driverless car tech prompting threat sharing colab

A group of cyber mercenaries targeted Baidu's driverless car technology prompting the tech company to beef up security.

IT pros fear cyber-espionage may be top 2017 threat

A recent Trend Micro study found 20 percent of IT leaders believe cyber-espionage will be the top threat of 2017.

Reports cast suspicion on Trump server, political consultant

One report suggests a possible computer server connection between the Trump organisation and a Russian bank, while another alleges that a Trump advisor was in contact with Russian hackers during the presidential election.

Obama ramped up cyber-attacks to disrupt North Korea missile program

Proponents of the campaign point to a number of missile launches that have failed—either missing their mark or exploding in midair—as the program's success.

No secret anymore: Russia touts cyber force

Russia has a cyber army. The announcement was made by defence minister Sergey Shoygu.

Trump gets mixed reviews on cyber-security, one month in

The administration has hinted at cyber-security policy, but no definitive strategy has emerged.

UK and China agree coordination on cyber-security issues

Sir Mark Lyall Grant and Wang Yongqing focused on cooperation on cyber-security, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism, and organised crime.

Uber drives down alert fatigue with customised data sets

To combat alert fatigue among its security analysts, transportation service Uber applies specially customised data sets to flagged incidents to help distinguish between genuine threats and non-malicious activities.

Visitors infected by compromised foreign embassy and ministry websites

An unknown actor whose targets and tactics resemble those of a Russian APT group has been compromising the websites of foreign embassies, ministries and organisations, in an attempt to infect certain site visitors with malware.

Confusion, theories abound as Russia stays silent on cyber-security treason arrests

Following the arrests of four cyber experts in Russia on treason charges, conflicting theories have emerged, as observers speculate if the case is connected to the hacking of US political institutions in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Researchers tentatively link Greenbug cyber-spy group to Saudi Shamoon attackers

Researchers may have found a tenuous link between a cyber-espionage organisation's credentials-stealing Trojan and the Shamoon hacking group that's been targeting Saudi energy companies with Disttrack disk-wiping malware.

Buzz off, hackers! Fruitfly spyware infests Mac-based biomedical facilities

A newly discovered Mac malware with some very old coding has likely been targeting biomedical research facilities for at least two years without detection.

FireEye report: hacking group APT28 and their tradecraft

Amidst a number of shocking revelations in relation to the Trump presidency, FireEye has released a report detailing some of the tools and tactics used by Russian hackers who are believed to be part of APT28 - a group of Russian state-back hackers - who are believed to be behind some of the year's headline grabbing hacks including the John Podesta emails, the WADA hack and the breach of the DNC during the election period.

Russia's 'Grizzly Steppe' kicked off with 'spear-phishing campaign' against DNC

A Russian APT began attacking the computer networks of the US Democratic National Committee with a series of spear-phishing emails in the summer of 2015, according to a US intelligence agency report.

Chinese hacking group allegedly behind ThyssenKrupp hack

According to the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the group is well known to them, and the BSI says several other businesses are under attack.

Hacktivist or state-actor? Behind the mask of threat actors

It is essential that you can tell the difference between a government hacker and an individual hacktivist, or how can you react appropriately?

German steel firm's IP stolen in cyber-attack

ThyssenKrupp, a major supplier of steel to Germany's automotive sector, has announced today that some of its trade secrets were stolen in a cyber-attack earlier in the year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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."