Cyber warfare

Pierluigi Paganini October 08, 2023
North Korea-linked Lazarus APT laundered over $900 million through cross-chain crime

North Korea-linked APT group Lazarus has laundered $900 million worth of cryptocurrency, Elliptic researchers reported. Researchers from blockchain analytics firm Elliptic reported that threat actors has already laundered a record $7 billion through cross-chain crime.  The term “Cross-chain crime” is used to refer to the swapping of cryptoassets between different tokens or blockchains to launder […]

Pierluigi Paganini October 06, 2023
Belgian intelligence service VSSE accused Alibaba of ‘possible espionage’ at European hub in Liege

Belgian intelligence agency State Security Service (VSSE) fears that Chinese giant Alibaba is spying on logistics to gather financial intelligence. The Belgian intelligence service VSSE revealed that is investigating potential cyber espionage activities carried out by Chinese firms, including the Alibaba Group Holding, at a cargo airport in Liege. According to the Financial Times, Alibaba […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 29, 2023
Chinese threat actors stole around 60,000 emails from US State Department in Microsoft breach

China-linked threat actors stole around 60,000 emails from U.S. State Department after breaching Microsoft’s Exchange email platform in May. China-linked hackers who breached Microsoft’s email platform in May have stolen tens of thousands of emails from U.S. State Department accounts, a Senate staffer told Reuters this week. During a briefing by U.S. State Department IT officials, […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 27, 2023
China-linked APT BlackTech was spotted hiding in Cisco router firmware

US and Japanese authorities warn that a China-linked APT BlackTech planted backdoor in Cisco router firmware to hack the businesses in both countries. US and Japanese intelligence, law enforcement and cybersecurity agencies warn of a China-linked APT, tracked as BlackTech (aka Palmerworm, Temp.Overboard, Circuit Panda, and Radio Panda), that planted backdoor in Cisco router firmware […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 25, 2023
A phishing campaign targets Ukrainian military entities with drone manual lures

A phishing campaign targets Ukrainian military entities using drone manuals as lures to deliver the post-exploitation toolkit Merlin. Securonix researchers recently uncovered a phishing campaign using a Pilot-in-Command (PIC) Drone manual document as a lure to deliver a toolkit dubbed Merlin. The campaign, codenamed STARK#VORTEX by Securonix, targets Ukrainian military entities and CERT-UA attributed it […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 16, 2023
Iranian Peach Sandstorm group behind recent password spray attacks

Iran-linked Peach Sandstorm APT is behind password spray attacks against thousands of organizations globally between February and July 2023. Microsoft researchers observed a series of password spray attacks conducted by Iran nation-state actors as part of a campaign named Peach Sandstorm (aka Holmium, APT33, Elfin, and Magic Hound). The APT33 group has been around since at least […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 12, 2023
Iranian Charming Kitten APT targets various entities in Brazil, Israel, and the U.A.E. using a new backdoor

Iran-linked APT group Charming Kitten used a previously undocumented backdoor named Sponsor in attacks against entities in Brazil, Israel, and the U.A.E. ESET researchers observed a series of attacks, conducted by the Iran-linked APT group Charming Kitten (aka Ballistic Bobcat APT, APT35, Phosphorus, Newscaster, TA453, and Ajax Security Team), which are targeting various entities in Brazil, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates. The Charming […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 08, 2023
North Korea-linked threat actors target cybersecurity experts with a zero-day

North Korea-linked threat actors associated with North Korea exploited a zero-day flaw in attacks against cybersecurity experts. North Korea-linked threat actors were observed exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in an unnamed software to target cybersecurity researchers. The attacks that took place in the past weeks were detected by researchers at Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG). “Recently, […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 07, 2023
Chinese cyberspies obtained Microsoft signing key from Windows crash dump due to a mistake

Microsoft revealed that the Chinese group Storm-0558 stole a signing key used to breach government email accounts from a Windows crash dump. In July, Microsoft announced it had mitigated an attack conducted by a China-linked threat actor, tracked as Storm-0558, which targeted customer emails. Storm-0558 threat actors focus on government agencies in Western Europe and […]

Pierluigi Paganini August 31, 2023
Russia-linked hackers target Ukrainian military with Infamous Chisel Android malware

Russia-linked threat actors have been targeting Android devices of the Ukrainian military with a new malware dubbed Infamous Chisel. GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre and international partners reported that Russia-linked threat actors are using a new malware to target the Ukrainian military Government experts attribute the attack to the Russian military intelligence service the GRU. […]