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Och. Scottish Parliament under siege from brute-force cyber attack

Hackers are trying to break into Scottish Parliament email accounts weeks after similar campaigns against Westminster. MSPs and Holyrood staff were warned on Tuesday that as-yet unidentified hackers were running "brute-force" attacks on systems in the devolved assembly, The Guardian reports. Similar attacks on Westminster back …
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2017

APT-style attack against over 4,000 infrastructure firms blamed on lone Nigerian 20-something

A seemingly state-sponsored cyberattack aimed at more than 4,000 infrastructure companies has been blamed on a lone Nigerian cybercriminal. The campaign started in April 2017, and has targeted some of the largest international organisations in the oil, gas, manufacturing, banking and construction industries. The global scale …
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2017
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Kremlin's hackers 'wield stolen NSA exploit to spy on hotel guests in Europe, Mid East'

Russian hackers accused of ransacking the US Democratic party's servers last year may now be targeting hotels in Europe and the Middle East, it is claimed. Miscreants are using various techniques, including the leaked NSA EternalBlue exploit also wielded by the WannaCry malware, to hack into laptops and other devices used by …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2017

Should you stay awake at night worrying about hackers on the grid?

Analysis The energy sector across multiple Western countries is under intensified assault by hackers. Security experts warn that industrial systems are wide open to potential exploit once hackers secure a foothold, the most difficult part of the hacking process, using targeted phishing or similar tactics. The UK's government lead cyber …
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2017
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Crappy hacker crew fingered for Bundestag snooping operation

Security researchers have lifted the lid on a new cyber-espionage crew that has targeted the German Bundestag and Turkish diplomats. CopyKittens has attacked government, security and academic institutions, websites in Germany and Turkey, as well as United Nations employees and organisations in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan …
John Leyden, 25 Jul 2017

Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

Updated A huge ‪ransomware‬ outbreak has hit major banks, utilities and telcos in Ukraine as well as victims in other countries. Check out our full analysis of the software nasty, here. Early analysis of the attack points towards a variant of the known Petya ransomware, a strain of malware that encrypts the filesystem tables and …
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2017
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UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

Comment Just under 90 Parliamentary email accounts were compromised by a brute force attack on the parliamentary network over the weekend. And there is a long-established technology which can normally see off this kind of attack. Two factor authentication (2FA) technology has been ubiquitous among enterprises as an verification …
John Leyden, 26 Jun 2017

US Secretary of State: Я буду работать с Россией по вопросам кибербезопасности

Analysis US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed a willingness to work directly with Russia on cybersecurity and other issues. The proposed partnership is surprising, given the continued controversy over allegations that the Russians interfered with last year's US presidential election – a serious accusation at the center of …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2017
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Russian hackers selling login credentials of UK politicians, diplomats – report

Russians hackers are trading the email addresses and passwords of top UK politicians and diplomats. The login credentials of thousands of British politicians, ambassadors and other top officials are getting traded on the dark net, The Times reports. Even though the data is old and in some ways past its sell-by date, it still …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2017
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DDoS attack brings Qatar's Al Jazeera website to its knees

Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera yesterday said it was being targeted with systematic hacking attempts. DDoS assaults affecting Al Jazeera's websites and digital platforms follow a recent hack of the state news service that resulted in the promotion of false news and is blamed, in part, on an ongoing diplomatic crisis in …
John Leyden, 9 Jun 2017
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Kremlin hackers' new target: Montenegro

The prolific Kremlin-backed hacking crew blamed for attacking the US Democratic National Committee last year has targeted the Montenegro government with cyberattacks, according to cybersecurity company FireEye. The assaults were motivated by Montenegro's decision to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a move …
John Leyden, 6 Jun 2017
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Russia is struggling to keep its cybercrime groups on a tight leash

Russia's control of cybercrime groups that have come to play a part in its espionage activity is crumbling, according to Cybereason. The security intelligence outfit reached this conclusion after reviewing the latest tactics and procedures associated with high-profile cyber-espionage pops blamed on the Kremlin. Russia has made …
John Leyden, 6 Jun 2017

NORK spy agency blamed for Bangladesh cyberheist, Sony Pictures hack

A fresh analysis, from a slightly different perspective, once again fingered North Korea as the likely culprit behind hacks against Sony Pictures and the $81m heist from an account held by the Central Bank of Bangladesh. Moscow-based threat intelligence firm Group-IB has "no doubt" that Lazarus Group – a cybergang that …
John Leyden, 30 May 2017
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Shadow Brokers lay out pitch – and name price – for monthly zero-day subscription service

Shadow Brokers, the group that leaked stolen NSA hacking tools including the vulnerability that proved key to the WannaCrypt outbreak, has launched a new exploit subscription service. Subscriptions for the zero-day feed will cost 100 ZEC (Zcash cryptocurrency) or $21,000 per month. The group emptied its Bitcoin wallet on …
John Leyden, 30 May 2017
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64-bit malware threat may be itty-bitty now, but it's only set to grow

The volume of 64-bit malware in the wild remains low even though computers running 64-bit operating systems became ubiquitous years ago. The vast majority (93 per cent) of new computers sold worldwide operate on 64-bit Windows but most nasties were written to infect 32-bit systems, according to a new study by security firm …
John Leyden, 24 May 2017
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Shadow Brokers resurface, offer to sell fresh 'wine of month' club exploits

The infamous Shadow Brokers hacking crew, central players in the release of the vulnerability that led to last week's WannaCrypt chaos, have returned online with a threat to release more exploits. WannaCrypt used the EternalBlue exploit and DoublePulsar backdoor developed by the NSA. These tools were dumped by the Shadow …
John Leyden, 16 May 2017

Team Macron praised for feeding phishing spies duff info

Emmanuel Macron's campaign team reportedly used fake logins and docs to waste hacker resources and frustrate phishing attempts. Although the newly elected French president's campaign was still hacked before the release of emails and other information last Friday, Team Macron's interference tactics have been heralded by at …
John Leyden, 8 May 2017
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'A-Team'-style tactics: Legit tool welded to kitchen sink to make off-the-shelf snoop kit

A newly discovered hacking crew is creating all sorts of mischief, despite largely relying on off-the-shelf tools rather than custom malware. The Netrepser crew are targeting government agencies and organisations using a malware toolkit built around a legitimate, yet controversial recovery toolkit provided by Nirsoft. Cyber …
John Leyden, 5 May 2017

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