This edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of a serious Apple iOS "zero-click exploit" that could have allowed hackers to remotely gain complete control of a device. Also featured: a discussion of identity proofing challenges and a review of New Zealand's updated Privacy Act.
Trickbot malware has been updated with a bootkit module, nicknamed Trickboot, which can search for UEFI/BIOS firmware vulnerabilities, according to a report from the security firms Eclypsium and Advanced Intelligence. These flaws, if exploited, can give an attacker the ability to brick a device.
CISA, citing a new report by IBM, is warning organizations involved in COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution of a global phishing campaign targeting the cold storage and transport supply chain. Many vaccines in development must be kept at low temperatures before being administered.
Twenty-five countries are likely using spyware sold by a company called Circles that can snoop on mobile phone calls and text messages, according to The Citizen Lab, a research organization based at the University of Toronto.
Social media poses special risks for minors. Data scientist David Stier, who has discovered leaks of minors' personally identifiable information on Instagram, shares insights on how social media companies should better protect PII.
A botnet called DarkIRC is exploiting a remote execution vulnerability in Oracle WebLogic, according to Juniper Threat Labs. Meanwhile, the malware used to create the botnet is being offered for sale on a darknet hacking forum.
As part of a cyberespionage campaign, the Russian hacking group known as Turla deployed a backdoor called "Crutch" that uses Dropbox resources to help gather stolen data, according to the security firm ESET.