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Chinese APT Hackers Targeting Betting Companies in Southeast Asia

A Chinese-speaking advanced persistent threat (APT) has been linked to a new campaign targeting gambling-related companies in South East Asia, particularly Taiwan, the Philippines, and Hong Kong. Cybersecurity firm Avast dubbed the campaign Operation Dragon Castling, describing its malware arsenal as a "robust and modular toolset." The ultimate motives of the threat actor are not immediately

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Chinese Experts Uncover Details of Equation Group’s Bvp47 Covert Hacking Tool

Researchers from China's Pangu Lab have disclosed details of a "top-tier" backdoor put to use by the Equation Group, an advanced persistent threat (APT) with alleged ties to the cyber-warfare intelligence-gathering unit of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Dubbed "Bvp47" owing to numerous references to the string "Bvp" and the numerical value "0x47" used in the encryption algorithm, the

Chinese Hackers Target Taiwan’s Financial Trading Sector with Supply Chain Attack

An advanced persistent threat (APT) group operating with objectives aligned with the Chinese government has been linked to an organized supply chain attack on Taiwan's financial sector. The attacks are said to have first commenced at the end of November 2021, with the intrusions attributed to a threat actor tracked as APT10, also known as Stone Panda, the MenuPass group, and Bronze Riverside,

Justice Department Appoints First Director of National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team

The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) earlier this week appointed Eun Young Choi to serve as the first Director of the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET) it established last year. The NCET was created to tackle the criminal misuse of cryptocurrencies and digital assets," with a focus on illegal activities in virtual currency exchanges, mixing and tumbling services, and money

Microsoft Teams Abused for Malware Distribution in Recent Attacks

A recently identified malicious campaign has been abusing Microsoft Teams for the distribution of malware, enterprise email security firm Avanan reports.

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India-Linked Threat Actor Involved in Spying, Planting Evidence

For roughly a decade, a previously unknown advanced persistent threat (APT) actor has been engaging in long-term surveillance operations against academics, activists, journalists, human rights defenders, and law professionals, SentinelOne reports.

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Iranian Hackers Using New Marlin Backdoor in ‘Out to Sea’ Espionage Campaign

An advanced persistent threat (APT) group with ties to Iran has refreshed its malware toolset to include a new backdoor dubbed Marlin as part of a long-running espionage campaign that started in April 2018. Slovak cybersecurity company ESET attributed the attacks — codenamed "Out to Sea" — to a threat actor called OilRig (aka APT34), while also conclusively connecting its activities to a second
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Russian APT Hackers Used COVID-19 Lures to Target European Diplomats

The Russia-linked threat actor known as APT29 targeted European diplomatic missions and Ministries of Foreign Affairs as part of a series of spear-phishing campaigns mounted in October and November 2021. According to ESET's T3 2021 Threat Report shared with The Hacker News, the intrusions paved the way for the deployment of Cobalt Strike Beacon on compromised systems, followed by leveraging the

Palestinian Hackers Use New NimbleMamba Implant in Recent Attacks

An advanced persistent threat (APT) hacking group operating with motives that likely align with Palestine has embarked on a new campaign that leverages a previously undocumented implant called NimbleMamba. The intrusions leveraged a sophisticated attack chain targeting Middle Eastern governments, foreign policy think tanks, and a state-affiliated airline, enterprise security firm Proofpoint said

Russian APT Steps Up Malicious Cyber Activity in Ukraine

Actinium/Gameredon's attacks are another reminder of why organizations need to pay additional scrutiny to systems in the region.

New CapraRAT Android Malware Targets Indian Government and Military Personnel

A politically motivated advanced persistent threat (APT) group has expanded its malware arsenal to include a new remote access trojan (RAT) in its espionage attacks aimed at Indian military and diplomatic entities. Called CapraRAT by Trend Micro, the implant is an Android RAT that exhibits a high "degree of crossover" with another Windows malware known as CrimsonRAT that's associated with Earth

Chinese Hackers Target Taiwanese Financial Institutions with a new Stealthy Backdoor

A Chinese advanced persistent threat (APT) group has been targeting Taiwanese financial institutions as part of a "persistent campaign" that lasted for at least 18 months. The intrusions, whose primary intent was espionage, resulted in the deployment of a backdoor called xPack, granting the adversary extensive control over compromised machines, Broadcom-owned Symantec said in a report published

Chinese Hackers Target Financial Institutions in Taiwan With Custom Backdoor

Between 2020 and 2021, a China-linked advanced persistent threat (APT) actor ran an espionage campaign targeting financial institutions in Taiwan, Symantec reports.

Tracked as Antlion, the hacking group is believed to have been active since at least 2011, and is likely backed by the Chinese government.

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