The new “BlackMatter”, “Haron”, and “El_Cometa” ransomware groups, which surfaced in the past three weeks, bear significant similarities to ransomware groups that disappeared last month. In addition, “Babuk” and “Lockbit” have returned to the scene as “2.0” versions of their original groups. Both phenomena point to a rebranding effort of ransomware operators―some claiming significant advancements in capability and technical sophistication. The rebranding trend likely represents the completion of a ransomware development cycle, which is often observed after groups cease attacks, and will probably bring new ransomware operations. In general, an increase in ransomware activity against all sectors and geographies is likely over the short-term future (one to three months), coinciding with the emergence of new (or rebranded) ransomware groups.
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The well-established “Mozi” peer-to-peer (P2P) botnet has developed new persistence capabilities.
A configurable, malicious Traffic Direction System (TDS) has been enabling widespread malware attacks.
A years-long reconnaissance campaign against an employee of a US aerospace defense company was discovered and attributed to “TA456”, an Iranian state-backed advanced persistent threat (APT) group.
A vulnerability in Kaseya’s virtual system/server administrator (VSA) software has been exploited to deliver the “REvil” ransomware to multiple managed service providers.
The 14th Five Year Plan (FYP) adopted by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in March 2021 has laid out key areas of focus for the country that are likely to prompt nation-state cyber espionage.
Several Clop members were arrested in association with money laundering, and the officials seized infrastructure the group has used in ransomware attacks globally.
The notorious Russia-based ransomware group “REvil” (aka Sodinokibi) has been blamed for the latest high-profile ransomware attack, on the world’s largest meat supplier.
The latest work of the notorious Russian state-associated “NOBELIUM” threat group is an email phishing campaign against multiple countries and sectors.
US President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order (EO) aimed at strengthening network security for US federal government departments, and agencies and contractors working with them.
A “Conti” ransomware attack on Ireland’s healthcare system, the Health Service Executive (HSE), significantly delayed the delivery of medical laboratory results and affected many outpatient services.
Colonial Pipeline Company fell victim to a cyber attack that resulted in 5,500 miles of its US fuel pipelines being shut down, causing public distress and fears of fuel shortages.
Security researchers discovered two unrelated cyber-threat campaigns targeting Microsoft SharePoint.
The FBI made digital copies of malicious web-shells before removing them from hundreds of vulnerable servers in the US, without any warning to affected organizations.
A cyber-espionage campaign was found targeting the Vietnamese military and government, as well as other sectors and some entities in Thailand and Central Asia.