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Federal Focus on Cyber Plays Out in President’s Budget, IoT Legislation

Threatpost - 12 Březen, 2019 - 22:05
Money earmarked for the Defense Department and DHS, and bipartisan bills to address the security of federal IoT devices, showcase growing federal cyber-efforts.
Kategorie: Hacking & Security

Microsoft Patches Two Win32k Bugs Under Active Attack

Threatpost - 12 Březen, 2019 - 21:52
Microsoft's March Patch Tuesday updates include 64 fixes, 17 of which are rated critical.
Kategorie: Hacking & Security

ThreatList: Phishing Attacks Doubled in 2018

Threatpost - 12 Březen, 2019 - 20:48
Scammers used both older, tested-and-true phishing tactics in 2018 - but also newer tricks, such as fresh distribution methods, according to a new report.
Kategorie: Hacking & Security

Adobe Releases Patches for Critical Flaws in Photoshop CC and Digital Edition

The Hacker News - 12 Březen, 2019 - 17:22
Adobe users would feel lighter this month, as Adobe has released patches for just two security vulnerability in its March Security Update. The company today released its monthly security updates to address two critical arbitrary code execution vulnerabilities—one in Adobe Photoshop CC and another in Adobe Digital Editions. Upon successful exploitation, both critical vulnerabilities could
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Unpatched Windows Bug Allows Attackers to Spoof Security Dialog Boxes

Threatpost - 12 Březen, 2019 - 16:09
Microsoft won't be patching the bug, but a proof of concept shows the potential for successful malware implantation.
Kategorie: Hacking & Security

Adobe Patches Critical Photoshop, Digital Edition Flaws

Threatpost - 12 Březen, 2019 - 15:53
Adobe fixed two arbitrary code execution flaws in its Photoshop and Digital Edition products.
Kategorie: Hacking & Security

Facebook sues developers over data-scraping quizzes

Sophos Naked Security - 12 Březen, 2019 - 14:20
Downloaded by 63K users, the quizzes promised answers to questions such as "What kind of dog are you according to your zodiac sign?"

Cynet is offering unhappy competitors' customers a refund for the time remaining on existing contracts

The Hacker News - 12 Březen, 2019 - 14:12
Cynet goes head-to-head with CrowdStrike, DarkTrace, Cylance, Carbon Black & Symantec, offering their unhappy customers a refund for the time remaining on their existing contracts. Cynet, the automated threat discovery and mitigation platform was built to address the advanced threats that AV and Firewalls cannot stop. Today, Cynet announced that any organization currently deploying an
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Top 30 Vulnerability Researcher Interview Questions and Answers for 2019

InfoSec Institute Resources - 12 Březen, 2019 - 14:01

Vulnerability researchers are key players on many information security teams and these positions are becoming more in demand. Of course, to get this position you have to make it through a potentially grueling job interview process. This article will detail the top 30 vulnerability researcher interview questions and answers for 2019. While there are potentially […]

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Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR)

InfoSec Institute Resources - 12 Březen, 2019 - 14:00

Introduction: What Is SOAR? Gartner describes SOAR as the collection of disparate technologies that enable businesses to gather data and security alerts from different sources. The business can then conduct threat analysis and remediation processes by utilizing both machines and manpower together to assist in defining, prioritizing and driving standardized Incident Response (IR) activities according […]

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Policie vyšetřovala třináctiletou Japonku, protože sdílela primitivní Javascript

Zive.cz - bezpečnost - 12 Březen, 2019 - 13:51
Chcete se snadno dostat na policejní služebnu? Zajeďte si do Japonska a do veřejného webového fóra pošlete odkaz na stránku s primitivním javascritpem, který v nekonečné smyčce otevírá dialog. Přesně to se totiž stalo na počátku března třináctileté školačce, která za relativně neškodný ...
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Study throws security shade on freelance and student programmers

Sophos Naked Security - 12 Březen, 2019 - 13:23
A recent study shows that if you aren't prepared to ask or pay for security, you probably won't get it.

Citrix admits attackers breached its network – what we know

Sophos Naked Security - 12 Březen, 2019 - 13:22
On Friday, software giant Citrix issued a short statement admitting that hackers recently managed to get inside its internal network. According to a statement by chief information security officer Stan Black, the company was told of the attack by the FBI on 6 March, since when it had established that attackers had taken “business documents” […]

Email list-cleaning site may have leaked up to 2 billion records

Sophos Naked Security - 12 Březen, 2019 - 13:10
The number of records exposed online by Verification.io email list-cleaning service may be far higher than originally anticipated.

John Oliver bombards the FCC with anti-robocall robocall campaign

Sophos Naked Security - 12 Březen, 2019 - 12:37
The Last Week Tonight host launched an anti-robocalling robocalling campaign to force the FCC to put a stop to the pervasive, irritating calls.

WordPress shopping sites under attack

LinuxSecurity.com - 12 Březen, 2019 - 12:05
WordPress-based shopping sites are under attack from a hacker group abusing a vulnerability in a shopping cart plugin to plant backdoors and take over vulnerable sites.
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Spam and phishing in 2018

Kaspersky Securelist - 12 Březen, 2019 - 11:00

Numbers of the year
  • The share of spam in mail traffic was 52.48%, which is 4.15 p.p. less than in 2017.
  • The biggest source of spam this year was China (11.69%).
  • 74.15% of spam emails were less than 2 KB in size.
  • Malicious spam was detected most commonly with the Win32.CVE-2017-11882 verdict.
  • The Anti-Phishing system was triggered 482,465,211 times.
  • 18.32% of unique users encountered phishing.
Global events and spam GDPR

In the first months of the year alone, we registered a great many emails in spam traffic connected in some way to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It was generally B2B spam — mostly invitations to paid seminars, webinars, and workshops promising to explain the ins and outs of the new regulation and its ramifications for business.

During this period, there was an upturn in legitimate mailings too. Following the requirements of the regulation, companies sent out notifications on the transition to the GDPR policy requesting user consent to store and process personal data. Unsurprisingly, scammers tried to take advantage. Seeking to gain access to the personal data of clients of well-known companies, they sent out GDPR-related phishing emails prompting to update account information. Users who followed the link in the message and entered the required data immediately had it stolen by the fraudsters. It is worth noting that cybercriminals were interested largely in the data of clients of financial organizations and companies providing IT services.


Phishing emails exploiting the GDPR topic

2018 FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup was one of the main media events of the year, reaching far beyond the world of sport. Scammers exploited the World Cup topic using a variety of classic deception methods based on social engineering. Cybercriminals created fake FIFA partner websites to gain access to victims’ bank accounts, carried out targeted attacks, and set up fake login pages for fifa.com accounts.


Examples of messages with World Cup ticket and trip giveaways

New iPhone launch

As is now customary, Apple’s unveiling of its latest device caused a spike in spam sent, supposedly, from Chinese companies offering accessories and replica gadgets. Such messages redirect the recipient to newly created, generic online stores, which willingly accept payments, but are not so great when it comes to dispatching goods.

The release coincided with a slight rise in the number of phishing messages exploiting the Apple brand (and its services), and emails with malicious attachments:

Malware and the corporate sector

In 2018, the number of malicious messages in spam was 1.2 times less than in 2017; Mail Anti-Virus was triggered a total of 120,310,656 times among Kaspersky Lab clients.

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Number of Mail Anti-Virus triggerings among Kaspersky Lab clients in 2018 (download)

2018 saw a continuation of the trend for attention to detail in email presentation. Cybercriminals imitated actual business correspondence using the companies’ real details, including signatures and logos. To bypass security solutions (and convince users that files were safe), ISO, IQY, PIF, and PUB attachments were used, all non-typical formats for spam.

Credit organizations remain one of the most popular targets, and this trend is likely to continue in 2019. We also expect an increase in the number of attacks on the corporate sector as a whole.

New distribution channels

We have mentioned before that the distribution of phishing and other fraudulent content has gone beyond the scope of mailings. Scammers are not only testing new means of delivery, but getting victims themselves to distribute malicious content. Some of this year’s most massive attacks we registered in messengers and social networks.

“Self-propagating” phishing messages are similar to long-forgotten chain letters. They refer to non-existent giveaways or free lucrative offers, with one of the conditions for participation being to forward the message to friends or publish it on social media. At the start of the year, scammers used free air ticket lotteries as a bait, before switching to mailings supposedly from popular retail chains, restaurants, stores, and coffee bars. WhatsApp was the most common tool for distributing such messages.

Cryptocurrencies and spam

In 2018, far from waning, spammers’ interest in cryptocurrencies rose. Among the spam messages were fraudulent ones attempting to coerce potential victims into transferring money to cryptocurrency wallets.

One of the most popular kinds of fraud seen last year was “sextortion.” This type of ransom scam is based on the claim to be in possession of private information of an intimate nature. To avoid disclosure, the victim is told to transfer money to the cryptocurrency wallet specified in the message, which often looks very convincing and uses the victim’s actual personal data: name, passwords, phone numbers, etc. Against the backdrop of endless news reports about personal data leaks, such threats, backed up by real details, cause victims to panic and give in to the cybercriminals’ demands. Last year, the ransom sum ranged from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

Initially, the mailings were aimed at an English-speaking audience, but at the end of Q3 we registered a wave of messages in other languages: German, Italian, Arabic, Japanese, French, Greek, and others.

Neither did the scammers forget about other fraud methods. Over the year, we identified fraudulent mailings supposedly from large charitable organizations asking to help children by purchasing some data etc. All these schemes had a common thread: The money transfer was requested in cryptocurrency. It should be noted that such messages were very few compared with the mailings described above.

In 2019, spammers will continue to exploit the cryptocurrency topic. We expect to see more fraudulent mailings aimed at both extracting cryptocurrency and gaining access to personal accounts with various cryptocurrency services.

Phishing Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency remains one of the most common phishing topics. In 2018, our Anti-Phishing system prevented 410,786 attempts to redirect users to phishing sites imitating popular cryptocurrency wallets, exchanges, and platforms. Fraudsters are actively creating fake login pages for cryptocurrency services in the hope of getting user credentials.

Another hot topic last year was fake ICOs. Scammers invited victims to invest in various initial coin offerings not only by email, but through social media posts as well. There was something for everyone: One of the scams, for example, targeted buzcoin, a cryptocurrency named after Russian singer Olga Buzova. The cybercrooks managed to get hold of the project mailing list and send fake presale invitations to subscribers the day before the start of the ICO. Before the bona fide organizers had time to sneeze, the attackers had scooped around $15,000.

But it was the blockchain project of Pavel Durov, TON, which had the dubious honor of most fakes back in early 2018. The cryptocurrency boom and rumors in late 2017 about an ICO from the creator of Telegram provided fertile ground. Many people believed the scammers and, despite warnings from Pavel himself on social media, transferred money to them.

Lotteries and surveys

Another way to nudge victims into transferring money is via the promise of a guaranteed lottery win or a reward for taking part in a poll. In 2018, our security solutions blocked 3,200,180 attempted redirects to fraudulent websites offering lotteries or surveys.

To take part in the draw, users are asked to make a contribution: the more you give, the more you (supposedly) get. Survey scams work in a similar way. The victim is asked to transfer a sum of money to pay for “administrative costs,” after which the reward will be transferred, or so it is promised.

Universities

Phishers hunt not only for money, but also for knowledge: Over the past year, we registered phishing attacks against 131 universities in 16 countries. More than half (83) were in the US, followed by Britain (21), and Australia and Canada (7 each). One high-profile incident was the theft of millions of documents (including nuclear energy research) from several British universities.

Taxes

In Q1 (the last quarter of the financial year in many countries), we observed a large number of phishing pages imitating the websites of HMRC (UK), the IRS (US), and other countries’ tax authorities. Cybercriminals tried to finagle personal data, answers to security questions, bank account information, and other data from users. Some fake tax service sites distributed malware.


Fake tax service websites

HTTPS

As we wrote a year earlier, the number of phishing pages on domains with SSL certificates has increased. Ironically, this was facilitated by the widespread adoption of HTTPS, since pages with a certificate (and padlock) are trusted far more. But getting hold of a certificate is not hard, especially for competent cybercriminals. The problem has taken on such dimensions that since September 2018 with the latest version of Chrome, the browser has stopped highlighting HTTPS sites with a green padlock in the address bar and marking them as “Secure.” Instead, the “Not secure” label is now assigned to sites without HTTPS.

Sales

Every year, November sees the start of the sales season. First up is World Shopping Day, followed by Black Friday. Cybercriminals prepare for such events in advance and commence their mass attacks long before the sales start. According to our statistics, the number of attempts to redirect users to fraudulent websites exploiting the sales topic starts to rise at the end of October.

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Fraudsters use standard methods to extract personal data and money from victims, including fake websites mimicking popular online stores with huge discounts on expensive goods.

Statistics: spam Proportion of spam in email traffic

The share of spam in email traffic in 2018 decreased by 4.15 p.p. to 52.48%.

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Proportion of spam in global email traffic, 2018 (download)

The lowest share (47.70%) was recorded in April 2018. The highest (57.26%) belonged to December.

Sources of spam by country

In 2018, China (11.69%) led the list of spamming countries, swapping places with the US and consigning the former leader to second place with 9.04%. Third position went to Germany (7.17%), which climbed into the Top 3 from sixth.

Vietnam, which ranked third last year, fell to fourth place (6.09%). It was followed by Brazil (4.87%), India (4.77%), and Russia (4.29%).

In 8th place, as in 2017, came France (3.34%), while Iran and Italy departed the Top 10. They were replaced by newcomers Spain, which rose from 16th to 9th place (2.20%, +0.72 p.p.), and Britain (2.18%, +0.59 p.p.).

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Sources of spam by country, 2018 (download)

Spam email size

In 2018, the share of very small (up to 2 KB) messages increased significantly. Despite quarterly decline, the annual figure came in at 74.15%, up 30.75 p.p. against the previous reporting period. The proportion of 2–5 KB messages also increased (10.64%, +5.56 p.p.).

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Spam emails by size, 2018 (download)

The volume of larger spam dropped significantly against 2017. The share of messages sized 5–10 KB (7.37%) decreased by 1.77 p.p. and 10–20 KB (3.66%) by 12.6 p.p. The share of spam messages sized 20–50 KB (2.82%) saw the biggest drop, down 18.41 p.p.

Malicious attachments in email Malware families

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Top 10 malware families in 2018 (download)

In 2018, the most widely distributed malicious objects in email, assigned the Exploit.Win32.CVE-2017-11882 verdict, exploited a Microsoft Office vulnerability for executing arbitrary code without the user’s knowledge.

In second place was the Backdoor.Win32.Androm bot, whose functionality depends on additional modules downloaded at the command of the C&C servers. It was most often used to download malware.

The Trojan-PSW.Win32.Fareit family moved up from fifth to third place. Its main task is to steal data (cookies, passwords for various FTP, mail, and other services). The harvested information is sent to the cybercriminals’ server. Some members of the family are able to download and run other malware.

The Worm.Win32.WBVB family, which includes executable files written in Visual Basic 6 (in both P-code and Native mode) and are not trusted in KSN, remained in fourth place.

Fifth place went to the Backdoor.Java.Qrat family — cross-platform multi-functional backdoor written in Java and sold in the Darknet as a Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) package. It is generally distributed by email in JAR attachments.

Trojan-Downloader.MSOffice.SLoad, a DOC/DOCX document containing a script that can be executed in MS Word, took sixth place. It is generally used to download and install ransomware on user computers.

The spyware Trojan-Spy.Win32.Noon ranked seventh.

The malware Trojan.PDF.Badur, which consists of a PDF document containing a link to a potentially dangerous website, dropped one place to eighth.

Ninth place was taken by the Trojan.BAT.Obfus family of malicious objects — obfuscated BAT files for running malware and changing OS security settings.

In tenth place, as in the previous year, was the family of Trojan downloaders Trojan.Win32.VBKrypt.

Countries targeted by malicious mailshots

As in previous years, first place in 2018 went to Germany. Its share accounted for 11.51% of all attacks. Second place was taken by Russia (7.21%), and Britain (5.76%) picked up bronze.

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Countries targeted by malicious mailshots, 2018 (download)

The next three, separated by a whisker, were Italy (5.23%), Brazil (5.10%), and Vietnam (5.09%). Trailing Vietnam by 1.35 p.p. in seventh was the UAE (3.74%). India (3.15%), Spain (2.51%), and Taiwan (2.44%) rounded off the Top 10.

Statistics: phishing

In 2018, the Anti-Phishing system was triggered 482,465,211 times on Kaspersky Lab user computers as a result of phishing redirection attempts (236,233,566 more than in 2017). In total, 18.32% of our users were attacked.

Organizations under attack

The rating of organizations targeted by phishing attacks is based on the triggering of the heuristic component in the Anti-Phishing system on user computers. This component detects all instances when the user tries to follow a link in an email or on the Internet to a phishing page in the event that such links have yet to be added to Kaspersky Lab’s databases.

Rating of categories of organizations attacked by phishers

In 2018, the global Internet portals accounted for the lion’s share of heuristic component triggers. Its slice increased by 11.23 p.p. to 24.72% against the previous year. In second place came the banking sector (21.70%), down 5.3 p.p. Payment systems (14.02%) in 2018 ranked third.

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Distribution of organizations subject to phishing attacks by category, 2018. (download)

Top 3 organizations under attack from phishers

This rating is made of organizations whose names were most frequently used by phishers (according to the heuristic statistics for triggers on user computers). It was the same lineup as in 2017, but rearranged slightly, with Microsoft in first place.

Microsoft 6.86% Facebook 6.37% PayPal 3.23% Attack geography Countries by share of attacked users

Brazil (28.28%) remains out in front by percentage of attacked unique users out of the total number of users in the country.

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Percentage of users on whose computers the Anti-Phishing system was triggered out of all Kaspersky Lab users in the country, 2018 (download)

Top 10 countries by share of attacked users Country % Brazil 28.28 Portugal 22.63 Australia 20.72 Algeria 20.46 Réunion 20.39 Guatemala 20.34 Chile 20.09 Spain 20.05 Venezuela 19.89 Russia 19.76

Top 10 countries by share of attacked users

Despite a slight drop of 0.74 p.p., Brazil (28.28%) remains top by number of attacked users. Meanwhile, Portugal (22.63%) moved up to second place (+5.87 p.p.), displacing Australia (20.72%, –1.79 p.p.).

Conclusion

2018 showed that cybercriminals continue to keep a close eye on global events and use them to achieve their goals. We have seen a steady increase in phishing attacks on cryptocurrency-related resources, and expect new scams to appear in 2019. Despite the fall in value and the lean times for the cryptocurrency market as a whole, phishers and spammers will try to squeeze everything they can out of this topic.

The past year also demonstrated that spammers and scammers will continue to exploit annually occurring events — new smartphone launches, sales seasons, tax deadlines/rebates, and the like.

There is also a trend toward the transition to new channels of content distribution: Cybercriminals in 2018 used new methods of communication with their “audience,” including instant messengers and social networks, releasing wave after wave of self-propagating malicious messages. Hand in hand with this, as illustrated by the attack on universities, fraudsters are seeking not only new channels, but new targets as well.

F5 Networks Acquires NGINX For $670 Million

The Hacker News - 12 Březen, 2019 - 08:17
One of the most important software companies NGINX, which is also behind the very popular open-source web server of the same name, is being acquired by its rival, F5 Networks, in a deal valued at about $670 million. While NGINX is not a name that you have ever heard of, the reality is that you use NGINX every day when you post a photo, watch streaming video, purchase goods online, or log
Kategorie: Hacking & Security

Researcher Claims Iranian APT Behind 6TB Data Heist at Citrix

Threatpost - 11 Březen, 2019 - 20:31
IRIDIUM is an APT that uses proprietary techniques to bypass two-factor authentication for critical applications, according to security firm Resecurity.
Kategorie: Hacking & Security

Google Patches Critical Bluetooth RCE Bug

Threatpost - 11 Březen, 2019 - 20:14
In all, Google reported 45 bugs in its March update with 11 ranked critical and 33 rated high.
Kategorie: Hacking & Security
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