The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes how the Russian hacking group Turla has been coopting Iranian hacking tools. Plus: Avast's CCleaner hit by second attack; sizing up draft regulations for the California Consumer Protection Act.
Facebook has removed four networks - three from Iran and one from Russia - after its investigation revealed they were spreading misinformation regarding politics and news related to the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The action is part of a larger effort by the social media firm to clamp down on abuse.
Turla, an advanced persistent threat group with apparent ties to Russia, seized attack infrastructure and tools used by OilRig, an Iranian APT group, U.K. and U.S. intelligence agencies have jointly reported. They say Turla used the coopted infrastructure to conduct its own reconnaissance and attacks.
"Silent Librarian," a hacking group with apparent ties to the Iranian government, is continuing to revamp and refine its phishing techniques as it targets research universities in the U.S. and Europe in an attempt to steal intellectual property, according to the security firm Proofpoint.
Nation-state attackers from outside the European Union pose the greatest threat to the continent's upcoming 5G networks, according to a new security assessment, which sidesteps the issue of Chinese firm Huawei's role in building these networks.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report analyzes Twitter's repurposing of user phone numbers for targeted advertising. Plus: A discussion of 5G security issues and findings of the Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment.
To counter efforts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, the Senate Intelligence Committee recommends new security measures for social media companies, new legislation and creating an interagency task force.
Nation-state attackers have been targeting known flaws that customers have yet to patch in their Pulse Secure, Palo Alto and Fortinet VPN servers, Britain's National Cyber Security Center warns, adding that any organization that didn't immediately apply patches should review logs for signs of hacking.
Microsoft says that over the past two months, a hacking group apparently linked to Iran targeted email accounts associated with the campaign of one 2020 U.S. presidential candidate, current and former U.S. government officials, journalists covering global politics and prominent Iranians living outside Iran.
Banking Trojans and cryptocurrency mining malware continue to be among the most-seen types of malicious code used for nontargeted attacks. But cybercrime attackers are increasingly running targeted campaigns, security researchers warn.
Threat actors that may have connections to China have been using a variety of malware in a series of information-gathering espionage campaigns across Southeast Asia since at least 2013, according to researchers at Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 division.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill to help U.S. telecommunications providers "rip and replace" any Chinese-built networking equipment. The move comes as many experts warn that using Huawei or ZTE 5G equipment poses an unacceptable national security risk.
The U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and six employees of a notorious propaganda agency, who have all been accused of using social media to try and influence the 2018 midterm elections. The U.S. government hopes the sanctions will deter further attempts.
The U.S. electric grid is growing increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks from countries such as Russia, and a well carried out attack on the grid could cause widespread power outages, according to a new GAO audit. Industrial control systems are particularly vulnerable.
The latest edition of the ISMG Security Report features an analysis of Donald Trump's comments about "the server" in a discussion with the president of Ukraine. Also: insights on "privacy by design" and highlights of ISMG's Cybersecurity Summit in Toronto.