Digital rights organizations detected Pegasus spyware on the devices of members of Armenian civil society during the outbreak of armed conflict over a disputed region in the South Caucasus region. Access Now called the infections the first known instance of Pegasus spyware use during war.
In the latest weekly update, ISMG editors discuss top takeaways from Ukraine's cyber defense success, how a European regulator suspended Facebook data transfers to the United States, and the state of the EU General Data Protection Regulation on its five-year anniversary.
Security researchers discovered an Iran-linked APT group carrying out a new chain of ransomware attacks against Israeli organizations. Check Point said attackers surprisingly carried out most of the activity manually over RDP but warned they are growing better at coding malware and using tools.
German prosecutors on Monday indicted four executives of insolvent commercial spyware firm FinFisher for illegally exporting their hacking tool to Turkey. The indictment comes as a European Parliament committee concluded an investigation of bloc members' use of commercial spyware.
North Korean hackers are using custom-built malware for information exfiltration campaigns against human rights organizations. The variation of the RandomQuery malware used in this campaign has the "single objective of file enumeration and information exfiltration," says SentinelOne.
A suspected cyberespionage group that has been active since 2020 has targeted government and diplomatic entities in the Middle East and South Asia using a malware tool set capable of controlling victims' machines and exfiltrating system data and credentials.
A Chinese state hacker has targeted critical infrastructure in Guam and the United States with the likely intent of cyberespionage and maintaining long-term access. Microsoft dubbed the threat actor "Volt Typhoon" on Wednesday in a coordinated disclosure with the U.S. government and close allies.
State-aligned hackers are increasingly targeting small and medium-sized businesses worldwide, as SMBs are more likely to be under-protected against cybersecurity threats such as phishing campaigns, according to a new report by cybersecurity firm Proofpoint.
The U.S. government sanctioned four entities and one individual involved in helping to funnel payments from malicious activities to support the Democratic People's Republic of Korea government's illicit activities such as unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.
The BlueNoroff hacker group, which is associated with the North Korean military's Reconnaissance General Bureau, is using RustBucket malware to target macOS systems of users primarily in the United States and Asia - a tactic observed for the first time since the group began its operations.
Law enforcement and regulatory action over the past year in the United States most likely dissuaded hackers from stealing cryptocurrency, making the amount stolen in the first quarter of the year the lowest compared to each of the four quarters in 2022, TRM Labs said.
Possibly Russian hackers likely compromised the official email address of Ukraine's embassy in Tajikistan to send phishing emails to organizations located in central Asia, Israel and India. The Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine tracks the campaign as UAC-0063.
Taiwan was buffeted during April by a three-day surge in malicious emails that increased to four times the usual amount, a reflection of increased tensions in the Taiwan Strait, say threat analysts. Following the wave, Trellix observed a 15-fold increase in PlugX infections.
Fifteen months after Russia intensified its illegal invasion of Ukraine, experts say top cyber defense lessons policymakers and defenders should apply include focusing on resilience. Building for resilience acknowledges the inevitability of ongoing attacks.
Ukraine's top cybersecurity agency says Russian hackers took a sudden interest in obtaining personal data and mounted successful attacks against more than one-third of the country's largest insurers. It predicts the stolen data may end up for sale on the dark web.