The Evil Corp cybercrime group, originally known for the Dridex banking Trojan, is now using new ransomware called WastedLocker, demanding ransom payments of $500,000 to $1 million, according to security researchers at NCC Group's Fox-IT.
Many ransomware gangs hell-bent on seeing a criminal payday have now added data exfiltration to their shakedown arsenal. Gangs' extortion play: Pay us, or we'll dump stolen data. One massive takeaway is that increasingly, ransomware outbreaks also are data breaches, thus triggering breach notification rules.
The recent leak of 269 GB of sensitive data from more than 200 police departments and the FBI could be a sign that law enforcement agencies are becoming a prime target for hackers, given recent civil unrest.
A spear-phishing campaign is using military-themed malicious Microsoft Office documents to infect devices, according to researchers at Cisco Talos. The analysts also found this campaign is using a previously unknown dropper called IndigoDrop to spread a weaponized version of Cobalt Strike.
Hackers wielding Nefilim ransomware are targeting unpatched or poorly secured Citrix remote-access technology, then stealing data, unleashing crypto-locking malware and threatening to dump data to try to force payment, New Zealand's national computer emergency response team warns.
Researchers at two security firms are tracking separate phishing campaigns that are targeting customers of Wells Fargo and Bank of America, according to reports. In each case, the fraudsters are attempting to steal users' credentials using various methods and lures.
The surge in phishing campaigns and other types of fraud using COVID-19 themes has diminished in recent weeks, according to the Microsoft Threat Protection Intelligence Team, which asserts in a new report that such campaigns were never a dominant threat.
A cyberespionage campaign that targeted aerospace and defense firms in Europe and the Middle East likely was the work of a hacking group with ties to North Korea, according to security firm ESET. Attackers also attempted a BEC-style scheme.
Semiconductor manufacturer MaxLinear confirmed this week that it was hit by the Maze ransomware gang in April and some "proprietary information" was exfiltrated and personally identifiable information exposed.
The notorious Qbot banking Trojan is making a comeback with new features and capabilities that enable it to more effectively steal victims' financial data and credentials, according to cybersecurity researchers at F5 Labs.
An internal CIA report from 2017 - just released in heavily redacted form - found that the agency's failure to secure its own systems facilitated the massive "Vault 7" data breach that enabled classified information, including details of 35 CIA hacking tools, to be leaked to WikiLeaks.