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Hackers threaten to leak stolen Apple blueprints if $50 million ransom isn't paid

Hackers threaten to leak stolen Apple blueprints if $50 million ransom isn't paid

April 21, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
Prominent Apple supplier Quanta on Wednesday said it suffered a ransomware attack from the REvil ransomware group, which is now demanding the iPhone maker pay a ransom of $50 million to prevent leaking sensitive files on the dark web. In a post shared on its deep web "Happy Blog" portal, the threat actor said it came into possession of schematics of the U.S. company's products such as MacBooks and Apple Watch by infiltrating the network of the Taiwanese manufacturer, claiming it's making a ransom demand to Apple after Quanta expressed no interest in paying to recover the stolen blueprints. "Our team is negotiating the sale of large quantities of confidential drawings and gigabytes of personal data with several major brands," the REvil operators said. "We recommend that Apple buy back the available data by May 1." Since first detected in June 2019,  REvil  (aka Sodinokibi or Sodin) has emerged as one of the most prolific ransomware-as-a-servic
Improve Your Cyber Security Posture by Combining State of the Art Security Tools

Improve Your Cyber Security Posture by Combining State of the Art Security Tools

April 21, 2021The Hacker News
Today there are plenty of cybersecurity tools on the market. It is now more important than ever that the tools you decide to use work well together. If they don't, you will not get the complete picture, and you won't be able to analyze the entire system from a holistic perspective.  This means that you won't be able to do the right mitigations to improve your security posture. Here are examples of two tools that work very well together and how they will help you to get a holistic view of your cybersecurity posture.  Debricked - Use Open Source Securely How is Open Source a Security Risk?  Open source is not a security risk per se; it's more secure than proprietary software in many ways! With the code being publicly available, it's a lot easier for the surrounding community to identify vulnerabilities, and fixes can be done quickly. What you do need to keep in mind, though, is that any vulnerabilities in open source are publicly disclosed and the public to anyo
Update Your Chrome Browser ASAP to Patch a Week Old Public Exploit

Update Your Chrome Browser ASAP to Patch a Week Old Public Exploit

April 21, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
Google on Tuesday released an update for Chrome web browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux, with a total of seven security fixes, including one flaw for which it says an exploit exists in the wild. Tracked as CVE-2021-21224 , the flaw concerns a type confusion vulnerability in V8 open-source JavaScript engine that was reported to the company by security researcher Jose Martinez on April 5 According to security researcher  Lei Cao , the bug [ 1195777 ] is triggered when performing integer data type conversion, resulting in an out-of-bounds condition that could be used to achieve arbitrary memory read/write primitive. "Google is aware of reports that exploits for CVE-2021-21224 exist in the wild," Chrome's Technical Program Manager Srinivas Sista  said  in a blog post. The update comes after proof-of-concept (PoC) code exploiting the flaw published by a researcher named " frust " emerged on April 14 by taking advantage of the fact that the issue was addressed
3 Zero-Day Exploits Hit SonicWall Enterprise Email Security Appliances

3 Zero-Day Exploits Hit SonicWall Enterprise Email Security Appliances

April 20, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
SonicWall has addressed three critical security vulnerabilities in its hosted and on-premises email security (ES) product that are being actively exploited in the wild. Tracked as CVE-2021-20021 and CVE-2021-20022, the  flaws  were discovered and reported to the company by FireEye's Mandiant subsidiary on March 26, 2021, after the cybersecurity firm detected post-exploitation web shell activity on an internet-accessible system within a customer's environment that had SonicWall's ES application running on a Windows Server 2012 installation. A third flaw (CVE-2021-20023) identified by FireEye was disclosed to SonicWall on April 6, 2021. FireEye is tracking the malicious activity under the moniker UNC2682. "These vulnerabilities were executed in conjunction to obtain administrative access and code execution on a SonicWall ES device," researchers Josh Fleischer, Chris DiGiamo, and Alex Pennino  said . The adversary leveraged these vulnerabilities, with intimate
WARNING: Hackers Exploit Unpatched Pulse Secure 0-Day to Breach Organizations

WARNING: Hackers Exploit Unpatched Pulse Secure 0-Day to Breach Organizations

April 20, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
If Pulse Connect Secure gateway is part of your organization network, you need to be aware of a newly discovered critical zero-day authentication bypass vulnerability (CVE-2021-22893) that is currently being exploited in the wild and for which there is no patch available yet. At least two threat actors have been behind a series of intrusions targeting defense, government, and financial organizations in the U.S. and elsewhere by leveraging critical vulnerabilities in Pulse Secure VPN devices to circumvent multi-factor authentication protections and breach enterprise networks. "A combination of prior vulnerabilities and a previously unknown vulnerability discovered in April 2021,  CVE-2021-22893 , are responsible for the initial infection vector," cybersecurity firm FireEye  said  on Tuesday, identifying 12 malware families associated with the exploitation of Pulse Secure VPN appliances. The company is also tracking the activity under two threat clusters UNC2630 and UNC271
Over 750,000 Users Downloaded New Billing Fraud Apps From Google Play Store

Over 750,000 Users Downloaded New Billing Fraud Apps From Google Play Store

April 20, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
Researchers have uncovered a new set of fraudulent Android apps in the Google Play store that were found to hijack SMS message notifications for carrying out billing fraud. The apps in question primarily targeted users in Southwest Asia and the Arabian Peninsula, attracting a total of 700,000 downloads before they were discovered and removed from the platform. The findings were reported independently by cybersecurity firms  Trend Micro  and  McAfee . "Posing as photo editors, wallpapers, puzzles, keyboard skins, and other camera-related apps, the malware embedded in these fraudulent apps hijack SMS message notifications and then make unauthorized purchases," researchers from McAfee said in a Monday write-up. The fraudulent apps belong to the so-called " Joker " (aka Bread) malware, which has been found to repeatedly sneak past Google Play defenses over the past four years, resulting in Google removing no fewer than 1,700 infected apps from the Play Store as of
[eBook] Why Autonomous XDR Is Going to Replace NGAV/EDR

[eBook] Why Autonomous XDR Is Going to Replace NGAV/EDR

April 20, 2021The Hacker News
For most organizations today, endpoint protection is the primary security concern. This is not unreasonable – endpoints tend to be the weakest points in an environment – but it also misses the forest for the trees. As threat surfaces expand, security professionals are harder pressed to detect threats that target other parts of an environment and can easily miss a real vulnerability by focusing too hard on endpoints. This is why pairing tools such as next-generation antivirus (NGAV) and endpoint detection and response (EDR) has become a popular, if flawed, choice. Fortunately, newer technologies and security methods offer much greater prevention and detection capabilities. This is the key argument of a new eBook ( download here ) offered by XDR provider Cynet. The eBook, titled  Why Autonomous XDR is Going to Replace NGAV/EDR,  starts with a look at how NGAV and EDR tools can defend an organization with the "assume breach" mentality – expecting a breach to occur and protecting endpoi
120 Compromised Ad Servers Target Millions of Internet Users

120 Compromised Ad Servers Target Millions of Internet Users

April 20, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
An ongoing malvertising campaign tracked as "Tag Barnakle" has been behind the breach of more than 120 ad servers over the past year to sneakily inject code in an attempt to serve malicious advertisements that redirect users to rogue websites, thus exposing victims to scamware or malware. Unlike other operators who set about their task by infiltrating the ad-tech ecosystem using "convincing personas" to buy space on legitimate websites for running the malicious ads, Tag Barnakle is "able to bypass this initial hurdle completely by going straight for the jugular — mass compromise of ad serving infrastructure,"  said  Confiant security researcher Eliya Stein in a Monday write-up. The development follows a year after the Tag Barnakle actor was found to have  compromised nearly 60 ad servers  in April 2020, with the infections primarily targeting an open-source advertising server called Revive. The latest slew of attacks is no different, although the adve
Lazarus APT Hackers are now using BMP images to hide RAT malware

Lazarus APT Hackers are now using BMP images to hide RAT malware

April 19, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
A spear-phishing attack operated by a North Korean threat actor targeting its southern counterpart has been found to conceal its malicious code within a bitmap (.BMP) image file to drop a remote access trojan (RAT) capable of stealing sensitive information. Attributing the attack to the  Lazarus Group  based on similarities to prior tactics adopted by the adversary, researchers from Malwarebytes said the phishing campaign started by distributing emails laced with a malicious document that it identified on April 13. "The actor has used a clever method to bypass security mechanisms in which it has embedded its malicious  HTA  file as a compressed  zlib  file within a PNG file that then has been decompressed during run time by converting itself to the BMP format," Malwarebytes researchers  said .  "The dropped payload was a loader that decoded and decrypted the second stage payload into memory. The second stage payload has the capability to receive and execute commands
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