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Researchers with NetScout are warning that attackers are abusing certain versions of the Plex media server app to strengthen and amplify DDoS attacks. The FBI has also warned about increases in DDoS attacks that use these types of amplification techniques.
The U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network is alerting financial institutions about the potential for fraud, ransomware attacks or similar types of criminal activity related to COVID-19 vaccine research and distribution organizations.
Interpol, Nigerian law enforcement agencies and security firm Group-IB have collectively uncovered a massive Nigerian business email compromise gang that was active across more than 150 countries. Three suspected members have been arrested in Nigeria.
Microsoft removed 18 apps from its Azure cloud platform that were being used by hackers as part of their command-and-control infrastructure. The threat group, called Gadolinium, was abusing the infrastructure to launch phishing email attacks, Microsoft researchers say.
A bipartisan bill looks to take some initial steps toward creating nationwide digital identity standards that can address a range of security issues, including theft and fraud stemming from data breaches. The legislation is backed by the Better Identity Coalition.
A trio of U.S. government agencies is warning organizations about a hacking campaign using a malware strain that has previously been tied to Chinese hackers. The Taidoor RAT, which has been around for over 10 years, has recently been spotted in several campaigns against IT service providers.
The U.S. Secret Service is combining its electronic and financial crime units into a single task force that will focus on investigating cyber-related financial crimes, such as BEC schemes and ransomware attacks. The move comes as lawmakers push for the Secret Service to take a more active role in fighting cybercrime.
Apache Guacamole, an open-source application that allows for remote connections to devices, contains several vulnerabilities that could enable attackers to steal data or run remote code execution, Check Point Research found. These bugs come at a time when many employees are still working remotely.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of brute-force attacks targeting RDP connections has steadily increased, spiking to 100,000 incidents per day in April and May, according to the security firm ESET. These attacks pave the way for launching ransomware attacks and planting cryptominers.
Researchers at MIT and the University of Michigan have uncovered multiple security flaws in the online voting platform OmniBallot which could allow hackers to access and manipulate voter data. The platform is currently in use in three states for military personnel and disabled residents.
The FBI is warning that cybercriminals and fraudsters are increasingly targeting mobile banking apps with malware in order to steal credentials and conduct account takeover attacks. The shift to mobile banking has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The shift to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase in mobile phishing campaigns, with attackers targeting remote workers whose devices lack adequate security protections, according to the security firm Lookout. Many of these campaigns are designed to steal users' banking credentials.
"Hack for hire" groups operating in India are spoofing World Health Organization emails to steal credentials from financial services and healthcare firms around the world, according to Google's Threat Analysis Group.
A bipartisan group of U.S lawmakers is requesting more information from the FBI and CISA about efforts to crack down on hacking groups linked to China's government that are targeting American facilities conducting COVID-19 research.
Microsoft is warning Windows users about an ongoing "massive" COVID-19-themed phishing campaign that is attempting to install the NetSupport Manager on devices. Attackers can turn NetSupport into a remote access Trojan, or RAT.