Less than 24 hours after the Australian government released its COVID-19 contact-tracing app Sunday, nearly 2 million people had downloaded it. As security and privacy experts review the app, one outstanding question is if the public will trust it enough to reach the public health target of 10 million users.
It's not so much that the threats have changed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It's that the attack surface has broadened, and it's more challenging for defenders to coordinate intelligence, tooling and processes, says Jimmy Astle of VMware Carbon Black.
VictoryGate, a recently discovered botnet that infected about 35,000 devices with malware, has been disabled by researchers from security firm ESET. The botnet's main purpose was mining monero cryptocurrency.
Two recently uncovered spear-phishing campaigns targeted oil and gas firms in the U.S., Asia and South Africa with AgentTesla, a notorious information stealer, according to Bitdefender. These campaigns appear tied to the global oil crisis.
Many governments are pursuing contact-tracing apps to combat COVID-19, but such projects risk subjecting populations to invasive, long-term surveillance - as well as insufficient adoption - unless they take an open, transparent and as decentralized approach, says cybersecurity expert Alan Woodward.
A bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report released this week affirms that the U.S. intelligence community and its various agencies correctly assessed that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
About 25,000 email addresses and passwords that are apparently for staff at the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other organizations have been dumped online, according to the Washington Post.
In the age of COVID-19 - when staying as close to home as possible and trying to avoid touching anything in public that might spread coronavirus is the new normal - cash is out, and "contactless" payments are in, if you're lucky enough to be able to use them.
Alongside the sad and vast expense of legitimate claims, it is an unfortunate fact that in times of economic hardship, people have a history of taking any opportunity to exploit financial institutions for ill-gotten gain.
CISA issued a warning to organizations running Pulse Secure VPN servers that their networks may still be vulnerable to hacking even if they applied patches for a previous flaw. Attackers are now using stolen Active Directory credentials to access networks.
For many cybercrime investigators, it's all about indicators of compromise - evidence that a crime has occurred. But what if you were to shift toward cataloging behaviors that could indicate an attack is ongoing or imminent? Sam Curry of Cybereason explains the IoB concept.