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Check Point: Desperate Job Seekers Are Ready To Work For Cybercriminals

CheckPoint experts found that the number of job search ads on the darknet and on hacker forums is growing – job seekers that were desperate to find a job are now ready to work for cybercriminals. heck Point reports that a new trend has emerged at the beginning of 2021: not hackers do not post their “vacancies” there, but applicants themselves publish ads and inform that they are ready for any illegal activity. According to the observations of the researchers, in the last quarter, from 10 to 16 new messages of this kind appeared on the forums every month. Given that such ads were rare in the past, this is an impressive number. Researchers attribute this to the desperation of …

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Microsoft accused Russia and North Korea of attacks on pharmaceutical companies

Microsoft representatives accused Russia and North Korea of attacks on pharmaceutical companies. They reported that, according to their data, in recent months, three APT groups have attacked at least seven companies engaged in COVID-19 research and vaccine development. wo global issues will help shape people’s memories of 2020: Covid-19 and the increased exploitation of the Internet for disruption of the economy. It is alarming that these threates are now gathered together, as according to Microsoft officials, attackers use cyberattacks are being to undermine healthcare organizations fighting the pandemic. The Russian-speaking group Strontium (Fancy Bear, APT28, and so on), as well as the North Korean Zinc (Lazarus) and Cerium, are accused of these attacks. The victim companies, whose names are not …

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Microsoft estimated that ransomware attacks take less than 45 minutes

Microsoft analysts have prepared a traditional Digital Defense report, in which they talked about the main events and trends in the field of cybersecurity and threat analysis over the past year (from July 2019 to June 2020). The company, for example, estimated that some ransomware attacks could be carried out in less than 45 minutes. xperts write that, first of all, everyone will remember 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. While some hacker groups have used the COVID-19 theme in their attacks, Microsoft says these operations were only a small part of the overall malware ecosystem, and the pandemic appears to have played a minimal role in the attacks of the past year. “The number of phishing attacks on the …

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Check Point: hackers exploit BLM theme for attacks

Check Point analysts reported that hackers are actively exploiting the BLM (Black Lives Matter) theme for attacks and noted increase in the activity of cybercriminals, connecting it with weakening of the isolation regime. n June, the average number of attacks per week increased by 18% compared to May of this year. It is noted that the number of cyberattacks related to the theme of coronavirus decreased by 24% compared with the previous month. “The number of phishing attacks related to COVID-19 is significantly higher in those regions where the self-isolation mode has not been canceled. For example, in Europe and North America, where business is returning to normal, there is a sharp decrease in the number of attacks associated with …

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Fake COVID-19 contact tracking apps install banking trojans

Researchers from California-based IS company Anomali have discovered 12 fake COVID-19 patient contact tracking apps posing as official programs. ttackers are actively exploiting the panic around the coronavirus pandemic to trick users into revealing their credentials. “Fake applications are designed to download and install malware (Anubis, SpyNote, etc.) onto devices and steal users’ financial and confidential data. Criminals do not distribute their programs through official stores such as the Google Play Store, but do so through other applications, third-party stores and websites”, — said Anomali researchers. Anubis malware is a banking Trojan for Android devices that uses overlays to access infected devices and steal user credentials. Malware exists since at least 2017 and masks itself as legitimate applications. The main …

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Google Maps helps users protect themselves from COVID-19

Google has added a number of new features to its mapping service to help users protect themselves from COVID-19. Google Maps now provides travelers and people on duty with public transport information on how the COVID-19 pandemic could affect their trip. mong other updates, now the Google Maps application will display notifications of restrictions imposed in connection with the pandemic regarding movement, checkpoints and even public transport congestion ”Getting from A to B can be more complicated these days. Because of COVID-19, it’s increasingly important to know how crowded a train station might be at a particular time or whether the bus is running on a limited schedule. Having this information before and during your trip is critical for both …

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Cybercriminals attacked UCSF, US leading COVID-19 vaccine developer

Using ransomware, cybercriminals attacked the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), one of the leaders in developing a vaccine against COVID-19. he university administration confirmed to Bloomberg reporters that it was the victim of an “illegal invasion”, but did not specify which part of the IT infrastructure was damaged. UCSF experts are leaders in the United States in the field of antibody testing and the development of treatment for coronavirus infection. Here were tested antimalarial drugs, which President Donald Trump called the possible cure for COVID-19. However, scientists refuted this statement. “Hackers are increasingly targeting institutions like UCSF not only for ransomware payments themselves, but also for possibly lucrative intellectual property, like valuable research on a cure for Covid-19. UCSF …

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Qatar obliged citizens to install “spyware” for containing COVID-19 pandemic

As part of the fight against the spread of coronavirus infection, the Qatar government has obliged citizens and residents to install special software on their mobile devices to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. This spyware tracks contacts with infected people. his would sound fine, but for some reason the application requires permission for a number of actions that have nothing to do with containing a pandemic. Using Bluetooth, the Ehteraz application pings nearby devices so that they can be contacted later, if users with whom they were nearby will have COVID-19 symptoms. “However, application also requires access to geolocation data, which may indicate the intention of the authorities to monitor the movements of citizens”, – for example, reports Al-Jazeera channel. Moreover, …

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Europe’s largest private hospital operator Fresenius attacked with Snake ransomware

Fresenius, Europe’s largest private hospital operator and major provider of products and services for dialysis, was affected during Snake ransomware cyberattack. ccording to KrebsOnSecurity sources, the incident disrupted some systems, but care for the patients continues. Germany-based Fresenius company includes four independent companies: Fresenius Medical Care, a leading provider of services for people with kidney failure; Fresenius Helios, Europe’s largest private hospital operator; Fresenius Kabi, a pharmaceutical and medical device company; and Fresenius Vamed, medical facility manager. Overall, Fresenius employs nearly 300,000 people in more than 100 countries, and is ranked 258th on the Forbes Global 2000. The company provides products and services for dialysis, hospitals, and inpatient and outpatient care, with nearly 40 percent of the market share for …

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Techno giant Jio disclosed data of people tested for COVID-19

Recently, India’s technology giant Jio, partly acquired by Facebook, has disclosed the confidential data of people, tested for COVID-19. n March of this year, Jio released a service that allows users to identify COVID-19 symptoms with their phone or website. “The service was launched in March, right before India’s nationwide lockdown was announced, and allowed users to self-screen themselves for the virus. However, an apparent Jio security lapse meant that one of the core databases, where the results were stored, was exposed to the internet without any password protection”, — writes TechRadar portal. As it turned out, the tech giant did not care about the confidentiality of its customers. According to TechCrunch, on May 1 security researcher Anurag Sen discovered …

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Grandoreiro Banker Spreads Through Fake Coronavirus Videos

ESET analysts warned about surge in the activity of the banking Trojan Grandoreiro amid COVID-19 pandemic. The bunker is distributed through fake coronavirus videos. xperts report that Grandoreiro, previously written in Delphi, was distributed mainly through spam, through fake messages about the need to update Java or Flash. “We have seen Grandoreiro being distributed solely through spam. The authors usually utilize a fake Java or Flash update, but recently, perhaps unsurprisingly, we have observed their spam exploiting the fear around COVID-19 as well”, – tell ESET experts. Active since 2017, banker has been openly parasitizing on the COVID-19 pandemic: it began to hide in videos on fake sites that promise to provide users with some sensational data on coronavirus. When …

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Conspiracy theorists accused Bill Gates in creating coronavirus

Microsoft founder Bill Gates fell victim of fake theories that he was allegedly involved in the creation of the coronavirus COVID-19. In fact, conspiracy theorists accused Bill Gates in creation of a coronavirus and intention to achieve material benefits from the pandemic. t TED conference in 2015, Bill Gates argued that the greatest threat to humanity was not nuclear war at all, but an infectious virus that could kill millions of people. Anti-vaccines and supporters of conspiracy theories used this video as evidence that one of the richest people in the world was planning to take control of the global health system using a pandemic. “Posts on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter about the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist falsely claim he …

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Due to the pandemic Google developers re-enabled FTP support for Chrome

Most recently, I wrote that Firefox developers plan to remove from their browser support for the FTP protocol, as consider it to be unsafe. At the same time, Google re-enabled FTP support for Chrome. oogle developers have been talking about abandoning FTP since 2014, since very few browser users (0.1-0.2%) use the protocol. In 2018, the company first announced plans officially abandon FTP, and last summer Google engineers began to implement these plans. So, it was planned that FTP support would be disabled by default with the release of Chrome 81, and after version 82 was released, all traces of the protocol would be permanently deleted from the code. Opt-out of FTP will be gradual. For example, the browser will …

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COVID-19 pandemic raised interest in pirated sites

Currently, hundreds of millions of people remain at home and occur global changes in the Internet traffic trends. In particular, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, raised interest in pirated sites. he fact is that considerable part of the population now works from home, while other people also stay at home, but spend time online searching for news and entertainment. Because of this, for example, has significantly increased the traffic of legal streaming services. In particular, in March, Sandvine announced a global increase in traffic to its streaming services by 10%, which for the first time helped YouTube overtook Netflix. “Of course, users are not limited to just legal content. So, a few weeks ago, the publication noted an increase in …

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around the world there are changes in the Internet traffic trends. In particular, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, raised interest in pirated sites

NASA staff faces exponential increase in number of hacker attacks

Representatives of the space agency said that recently NASA staff and home-based agency contractors suffered from increase in the number of hacker attacks, and their devices are constantly trying to gain access to malicious sites. Therefore, according to official figures, in recent days, NASA personnel have been suffering from: doubling the number of phishing attacks by email; exponential growth of malicious attacks on NASA systems; doubling attempts to block or mitigate the activity of NASA systems trying to access malicious sites (unknowingly, due to users accessing the Internet). The last point means that NASA employees and contractors are actively clicking on malicious links that they send to them via email or text messages. And now this happens twice as often …

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