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Nation-State Actors Weaponize Ivanti VPN Zero-Days, Deploying 5 Malware Families

Nation-State Actors Weaponize Ivanti VPN Zero-Days, Deploying 5 Malware Families
Jan 12, 2024 Vulnerability / Threat Intelligence
As many as five different malware families were deployed by suspected nation-state actors as part of post-exploitation activities leveraging  two zero-day vulnerabilities  in Ivanti Connect Secure (ICS) VPN appliances since early December 2023. "These families allow the threat actors to circumvent authentication and provide backdoor access to these devices," Mandiant  said  in an analysis published this week. The Google-owned threat intelligence firm is tracking the threat actor under the moniker  UNC5221 .  The attacks leverage an exploit chain comprising an authentication bypass flaw (CVE-2023-46805) and a code injection vulnerability (CVE-2024-21887) to take over susceptible instances. Volexity, which attributed the activity to a suspected Chinese espionage actor named UTA0178, said the twin flaws were used to gain initial access, deploy webshells, backdoor legitimate files, capture credentials and configuration data, and pivot further into the victim environment. Ac

Post-Quantum Cryptography: Finally Real in Consumer Apps?

Post-Quantum Cryptography: Finally Real in Consumer Apps?
Sep 29, 2023 Quantum Computing / Network Security
Most people are barely thinking about basic cybersecurity, let alone post-quantum cryptography. But the impact of a post-quantum world is coming for them regardless of whether or not it's keeping them up tonight.  Today, many rely on encryption in their daily lives to protect their fundamental digital privacy and security, whether for messaging friends and family, storing files and photos, or simply browsing the web. The question experts have been asking for a long time, with their eye on the advances in quantum computing, is, "How long before these defenses fail?"  The ticking clock of quantum computing One set of researchers is already sounding the alarms,  claiming  that they've found a way to break 2048-bit RSA encryption with a quantum computer. While the claims may be premature, they hint toward a scary future that is perhaps closer than we once thought. Breaking RSA encryption would represent a massive privacy and security vulnerability for virtually every

Synology Releases Patch for Critical RCE Vulnerability Affecting VPN Plus Servers

Synology Releases Patch for Critical RCE Vulnerability Affecting VPN Plus Servers
Jan 04, 2023 VPN / Server Security
Synology has released security updates to address a critical flaw impacting VPN Plus Server that could be exploited to take over affected systems. Tracked as  CVE-2022-43931 , the vulnerability carries a maximum severity rating of 10 on the CVSS scale and has been described as an out-of-bounds write bug in the remote desktop functionality in Synology VPN Plus Server. Successful exploitation of the issue "allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands via unspecified vectors," the Taiwanese company  said , adding it was internally discovered by its Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT). Users of VPN Plus Server for Synology Router Manager (SRM) 1.2 and VPN Plus Server for SRM 1.3 are advised to update to versions 1.4.3-0534 and 1.4.4-0635, respectively. The network-attached storage appliance maker, in a second advisory, also  warned  of several flaws in SRM that could permit remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands, conduct denial-of-service attack

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Defending Your Commits From Known CVEs With GitGuardian SCA And Git Hooks

Defending Your Commits From Known CVEs With GitGuardian SCA And Git Hooks
May 20, 2024Software Security / Vulnerability
All developers want to create secure and dependable software. They should feel proud to release their code with the full confidence they did not introduce any weaknesses or anti-patterns into their applications. Unfortunately, developers are not writing their own code for the most part these days. 96% of all software contains some open-source components, and open-source components make up between  70% and 90% of any given piece of modern software . Unfortunately for our security-minded developers, most modern vulnerabilities come from those software components.  As new vulnerabilities emerge and are publicly reported as  Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures  (CVEs), security teams have little choice but to ask the developer to refactor the code to include different versions of the dependencies. Nobody is happy in this situation, as it blocks new features and can be maddening to roll back component versions and hope that nothing breaks. Developers need a way to  quickly  determine if

Of Cybercriminals and IP Addresses

Of Cybercriminals and IP Addresses
Mar 28, 2022
You don't like having the FBI knocking on your door at 6 am in the morning. Surprisingly, nor does your usual cybercriminal. That is why they hide (at least the good ones), for example, behind layers of proxies, VPNs, or TOR nodes. Their IP address will never be exposed directly to the target's machine. Cybercriminals will always use third-party IP addresses to deliver their attacks. There are countless ways to deliver cyberattacks. But one thing is common to all of them. The need for a pool of IP addresses to serve as a medium. Criminals need IP addresses to deliver distributed denial of service attacks. Criminals need IP addresses to hide behind when probing services. Criminals need IP addresses to attempt brute force attacks. Criminals need IP addresses to run bot networks and services. In a nutshell, criminals need to maintain IP addresses under their control for pretty much anything. It is their most important asset and is the ammo they need to deliver attacks. So how

Europol Shuts Down VPNLab, Cybercriminals' Favourite VPN Service

Europol Shuts Down VPNLab, Cybercriminals' Favourite VPN Service
Jan 18, 2022
VPNLab.net, a  VPN provider  that was used by malicious actors to deploy ransomware and facilitate other cybercrimes, was taken offline following a coordinated law enforcement operation. Europol said it took action against the misuse of the VPN service by grounding 15 of its servers on January 17 and rendering it inoperable as part of a disruptive action that took place across Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Latvia, Ukraine, the U.S., and the U.K. A second outcome of the seizure is that at least 100 businesses that have been identified as at risk of impending cyber attacks are being notified. Europol didn't disclose the names of the companies. Established in 2008, the tool provided an advanced level of anonymity by offering double VPN connections to its clients — wherein the internet traffic is routed through two VPN servers located in different countries instead of one — for as cheap as $60 a year. "This made VPNLab.net a popular

Does a VPN Protect You from Hackers?

Does a VPN Protect You from Hackers?
Aug 18, 2021
A virtual private network (VPN) is the perfect solution for a lot of issues you might experience online- accessing blocked sites, hiding your browsing activity, getting rid of internet throttling, finding better deals, and much more.  But does a VPN protect you from hackers? Is your private information and files safer on the internet with a VPN? How much of a difference does it make in terms of data protection?  The answer to these questions isn't as simple as Yes or No. So, keep reading to find out. Does a VPN Prevent Hacking?  You should definitely use a VPN on a public network or your home wi-fi because it significantly protects your privacy. But a VPN can't simply protect you from every single type of cyber attack. Some attacks are very sophisticated and complex, which even a VPN can't prevent.  But let's look at some of the cyber attacks that a VPN can stop. 1  —  MITM (Man-in-the-Middle) Attack  A MITM attack is when a hacker comes in between you and the p

Authorities Seize DoubleVPN Service Used by Cybercriminals

Authorities Seize DoubleVPN Service Used by Cybercriminals
Jun 30, 2021
A coordinated international law enforcement operation resulted in the takedown of a VPN service called DoubleVPN for providing a safe haven for cybercriminals to cover their tracks. "On 29th of June 2021, law enforcement took down DoubleVPN," the agencies said in a seizure notice splashed on the now-defunct site. "Law enforcement gained access to the servers of DoubleVPN and seized personal information, logs and statistics kept by DoubleVPN about all of its customers. DoubleVPN's owners failed to provide the services they promised." The criminal investigation was conducted by agencies from Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, U.K., and the U.S., alongside authorities from Eurojust and Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). DoubleVPN is said to have been heavily advertised on both Russian and English-speaking underground cybercrime forums as a means to mask the location and identities of ransomware operators and

Russia bans VyprVPN, Opera VPN services for not complying with blacklist request

Russia bans VyprVPN, Opera VPN services for not complying with blacklist request
Jun 18, 2021
Russia's telecommunications and media regulator Roskomnadzor (RKN) on Thursday introduced restrictions on the operation of VyprVPN and Opera VPN services in the country. "In accordance with the regulation on responding to threats to circumvent restrictions on access to child pornography, suicidal, pro-narcotic and other prohibited content, restrictions on the use of VPN services VyprVPN and Opera VPN will be introduced from June 17, 2021," the state agency  said  in a statement. The watchdog described them as threats in accordance with the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 127 dated February 12, adding the restrictions will not affect Russian companies using VPN services in continuous technological processes. The development comes a little over a month after  RKN sent a request  to enterprises and organizations that use the two VPN services to inform the  Center for Monitoring and Management of the Public Telecommunications Network  and seek e

New High-Severity Vulnerability Reported in Pulse Connect Secure VPN

New High-Severity Vulnerability Reported in Pulse Connect Secure VPN
May 25, 2021
Ivanti, the company behind Pulse Secure VPN appliances, has published a security advisory for a high severity vulnerability that may allow an authenticated remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with elevated privileges. "Buffer Overflow in Windows File Resource Profiles in 9.X allows a remote authenticated user with privileges to browse SMB shares to execute arbitrary code as the root user," the company  said  in an alert published on May 14. "As of version 9.1R3, this permission is not enabled by default." The flaw, identified as CVE-2021-22908, has a CVSS score of 8.5 out of a maximum of 10 and impacts Pulse Connect Secure versions 9.0Rx and 9.1Rx. In a report detailing the vulnerability, the CERT Coordination Center said the issue stems from the gateway's ability to connect to Windows file shares through a number of CGI endpoints that could be leveraged to carry out the attack. "When specifying a long server name for some SMB operations, the 

Critical Patch Out for Critical Pulse Secure VPN 0-Day Under Attack

Critical Patch Out for Critical Pulse Secure VPN 0-Day Under Attack
May 04, 2021
Ivanti, the company behind Pulse Secure VPN appliances, has released a security patch to remediate a critical security vulnerability that was found being actively exploited in the wild by at least two different threat actors. Tracked as  CVE-2021-22893  (CVSS score 10), the flaw concerns "multiple use after free" issues in Pulse Connect Secure that could allow a remote unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code and take control of the affected system. All Pulse Connect Secure versions prior to 9.1R11.4 are impacted. The flaw came to light on April 20 after FireEye  disclosed  a series of intrusions targeting defense, government, and financial organizations in the U.S. and elsewhere by leveraging critical vulnerabilities in the remote access solution to bypass multi-factor authentication protections and breach enterprise networks. The development promoted the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to issue an  Emergency Directive  urging fede

Cybercriminals' Favorite Bulletproof VPN Service Shuts Down In Global Action

Cybercriminals' Favorite Bulletproof VPN Service Shuts Down In Global Action
Dec 22, 2020
Law enforcement agencies from the US, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, along with Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), announced today the coordinated takedown of Safe-Inet, a popular virtual private network (VPN) service that was used to facilitate criminal activity. The three domains in question — insorg[.]org, safe-inet[.]com, and safe-inet[.]net — were shut down, and their infrastructure seized as part of a joint investigation called "Operation Nova." Europol called Safe-Inet a cybercriminals' " favorite ." A crucial reason for the domains' seizure has been their central role in facilitating ransomware, carrying out web-skimming, spear-phishing, and account takeover attacks. The service, which comes with support for Russian and English languages and has been active for over a decade, offered " bulletproof hosting services " to website visitors, often at a steep price to the criminal underworld. As of December 1, the 

Fortinet VPN with Default Settings Leave 200,000 Businesses Open to Hackers

Fortinet VPN with Default Settings Leave 200,000 Businesses Open to Hackers
Sep 25, 2020
As the pandemic continues to accelerate the shift towards working from home, a  slew of digital threats  have capitalized on the health concern to exploit weaknesses in the remote work infrastructure and carry out malicious attacks. Now according to network security platform provider SAM Seamless Network , over 200,000 businesses that have deployed the Fortigate VPN solution—with default configuration—to enable employees to connect remotely are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks, allowing attackers to present a valid SSL certificate and fraudulently take over a connection. "We quickly found that under default configuration the SSL VPN is not as protected as it should be, and is vulnerable to MITM attacks quite easily," SAM IoT Security Lab's Niv Hertz and Lior Tashimov said. "The Fortigate SSL-VPN client only verifies that the CA was issued by Fortigate (or another trusted CA), therefore an attacker can easily present a certificate issued to a differen

Get a Lifetime Subscription to Unlimited VPN for just $59.99 (5 Devices)

Get a Lifetime Subscription to Unlimited VPN for just $59.99 (5 Devices)
Feb 06, 2019
For all of the undeniable conveniences the Internet has brought us, it's becoming an increasingly dangerous place to be. Both individual hackers and entire government agencies are now able to hack into your computer or smartphone from across the globe and steal everything from your browsing history to your credit card numbers, and they're often able to do so without your knowledge. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the first and most important line of defense against these nefarious cyber attacks, and you should never surf the Web without one—regardless of whether you're using a public or private connection. VPN Unlimited is an award-winning service that provides unparalleled and unlimited browsing security across up to 5 devices simultaneously (iOS, Android, Linux, Mac OS X and Windows), and right now a lifetime subscription is available for 88% off at just $59.99 . Unlike most VPNs that offer security at the expense of browsing speed, VPN Unlimited secures

Facebook Paid Teens $20 to Install 'Research' App That Collects Private Data

Facebook Paid Teens $20 to Install 'Research' App That Collects Private Data
Jan 30, 2019
If you are thinking that Facebook is sitting quietly after being forced to remove its Onavo VPN app from Apple's App Store, then you are mistaken. It turns out that Facebook is paying teenagers around $20 a month to use its VPN app that aggressively monitors their smartphone and web activity and then sends it back to Facebook. The social media giant was previously caught collecting some of this data through Onavo Protect , a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service that it acquired in 2013. However, the company was forced to pull the app from the App Store in August 2018 after Apple found that Facebook was using the VPN service to track its user activity and data across multiple apps, which clearly violates its App Store guidelines on data collection. Onavo Protect became a data collection tool for Facebook helping the company track smartphone users' activities across multiple different apps to learn insights about how Facebook users use third-party apps. Facebook&#

Private Internet Access – Get a Secure VPN to Protect Your Online Privacy

Private Internet Access – Get a Secure VPN to Protect Your Online Privacy
Aug 28, 2017
Since most of us rely upon the Internet for day-to-day activities today, hacking and spying have become a prime concern, and so have online security and privacy. The Internet has become a digital universe with websites collecting your sensitive information and selling them to advertisers, hackers looking for ways to steal your data from the ill-equipped networks, websites, and PCs, and government conducting mass surveillance—every model has shifted to data collection. So, what's the solution and how can you protect your privacy, defend against government surveillance and prevent malware attacks? Virtual Private Network —Yes, one of the most efficient solutions to maximize your privacy is to use a secure VPN service. VPN serves as an encrypted tunnel between your computer and destinations you visit on the internet to secure your Internet traffic and protects you from bad guys getting into your network to steal your sensitive data. When choosing a VPN, Private Internet A

Hotspot Shield VPN Accused of Spying On Its Users' Web Traffic

Hotspot Shield VPN Accused of Spying On Its Users' Web Traffic
Aug 08, 2017
" Privacy " is a bit of an Internet buzzword nowadays as the business model of the Internet has now shifted towards data collection. Although Virtual Private Network (VPN) is one of the best solutions to protect your privacy and data on the Internet, you should be more vigilant while choosing a VPN service which actually respects your privacy. If you are using popular free virtual private networking service Hotspot Shield , your data could be at a significant risk. A privacy advocacy group has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against virtual private networking provider Hotspot Shield for reportedly violating its own privacy policy of "complete anonymity" promised to its users. The 14-page-long complaint filed Monday morning by the Centre for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a US non-profit advocacy group for digital rights, accused Hotspot Shield of allegedly tracking, intercepting and collecting its customers' data. Develo

Use Secure VPNs (Lifetime Subscription) to Prevent ISPs From Spying On You

Use Secure VPNs (Lifetime Subscription) to Prevent ISPs From Spying On You
Mar 27, 2017
Data Privacy is a serious concern today with the vast availability of personal data over the Internet – a digital universe where websites collect your personal information and sell them to advertisers for dollars, and where hackers can easily steal your data from the ill-equipped. If this wasn't enough, US Senate voted last week to eliminate privacy rules that would have forced ISPs to get your permission before selling your Web browsing history and app usage history to advertisers. If passed, ISPs like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T, can collect and sell data on what you buy, where you browse, and what you search, to advertisers all without taking your consent in order to earn more bucks. How to Prevent ISPs And Hackers From Spying On You So, how do you keep your data away from advertisers as well as hackers? Private Browsing! If you're worried about identity thieves or ISPs spying on or throttling your traffic, the most efficient way to secure your privacy on the

Privatoria — Protect Your Privacy Online with Fast and Encrypted VPN Service

Privatoria — Protect Your Privacy Online with Fast and Encrypted VPN Service
Nov 04, 2016
Today, most of you surf the web unaware of the fact that websites collect your data and track your locations and makes millions by sharing your search histories, location data, and buying habits with advertisers and marketers. And if this isn't enough, there are hackers and cyber criminals out there who have the ability to easily steal your sensitive and personal data from the ill-equipped websites. In short, the bitter truth is that you have no or very little online privacy. To resolve this issue, you need a Virtual Private Network (VPN). If you are worried about online Privacy and have not thought about using a VPN, it might be time to get one. But, the question is: What are the best anonymous VPN services? Unfortunately, not all VPNs are as anonymous as they claim to be. Some VPN services keep extensive logs of their users' browsing activities, including IP-addresses for weeks, which nullify the point of using a VPN for privacy. Want Privacy While You Surf
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