A week before last Christmas hackers struck an electric transmission station north of the city of Kiev, blacking out a portion of the Ukrainian capital equivalent to a fifth of its total power capacity. The outage lasted about an hour — hardly a catastrophe.
But now cybersecurity researchers have found disturbing evidence that the blackout may have only been a dry run. The hackers appear to have been testing the most evolved specimen of grid-sabotaging malware ever observed in the wild. Cybersecurity firms plan today to release detailed analyses of a piece of malware used to attack the Ukrainian electric utility Ukrenergo seven months ago.Read more
A Ukrainian bank has become the latest victim of the widespread cyber attack on global banking and financial sector by hackers who target the backbone of the world financial system, SWIFT. Hackers have reportedly stolen $10 Million from an unnamed bank in Ukraine.
Swift or the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication is the global banking messaging system responsible for managing Billions of dollars in money transfers each day between financial institutions worldwide. The ISACA branch in Ukraine disclosed that some unknown hackers were able to compromise the bank's security in similar way they hacked Bangladesh central bank.Read more
Yet another APT of the ‘Dukes family’ is hitting high-profile targets, including the US government office. This time it’s CozyDuke in honor of the video it employs as a decoy.
The attack is notably sophisticated, including encrypted components, anti-detection capabilities and a fairly well-developed set of malware components that feature structural similarities with earlier MiniDuke, CosmicDuke, and Onion Duke threats. Office Monkeys are dangerous! This attack’s initial penetration method is based entirely on social engineering techniques. And, unfortunately, it is quite a successful approach for many targeted attacks.Read more
The governments of the USA, UK and Canada characterize hackers as a criminal menace, warn of the threats they allegedly pose to critical infrastructure, and aggressively prosecute them, but they are also secretly exploiting their information and expertise, according to top secret documents.
In some cases, the surveillance agencies are obtaining the content of emails by monitoring hackers as they breach email accounts, often without notifying the hacking victims of these breaches. These revelations about the intelligence agencies’ reliance on hackers are contained in documents provided by Edward Snowden.Read more
Junk mail is a pain for all of us, but in Britain, what's really bugging people is that it's being so personally targeted into their homes. What's more, marketing firms are buying up names and addresses from a place most would assume holds their details safely under lock and key.
Getting the post, delivered these days is less by letters from France or even bills it now a direct advertising offensive to your own front door. Each year, individuals and private firms receive 12 billion of advertising letters, that is, more than 400 for the average English family. So, who is selling your name and address?Read more
SMS-virus attacks Ukrainian users‘ smartphones. Only devices, based on Android platform are under thread. Many owners of smartphones, Ukrainian mobile operators subscribers became victims of SM-virus. It attacks in such a way that all money is drawn from account, calls are locked, and thus a virus sends messages with the harmful program link to all contacts in the phone book.
Having received the message from known or unknown number, the subscriber follows the link and automatically catches Trojan. After installation, the virus sends information on the victim‘s device, such as IMEI, IMSI, owner‘s number, his location, the version of OS, the model of smartphone etc.Read more