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Researchers with Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 are tracking a relatively new cryptomining botnet called "PGMiner," which is targeting PostgreSQL database servers to illegally mine for monero. Currently, the malware only targets Linux-based database servers.
lackBerry researchers are tracking a relatively new ransomware variant called "MountLocker" and the operators behind it, who are using affiliate cybercriminal gangs to help spread the malware, exfiltrate data and extort victims, sometimes for millions of dollars.
Hackers are targeting thousands of vulnerable MySQL servers around the world, using ransomware to exfiltrate data from organizations and then demanding payment, according to Guardicore Labs. The attackers are also selling access to over 250,000 stolen databases.
Microsoft security researchers are tracking a browser modifier dubbed Adrozek that is installed on an individual device and can modify four widely used browsers - Edge, Chrome, Yandex and Firefox - to inject ads into their search results.
CISA is warning that local K-12 school districts are increasingly under assault by cyberthreats targeting vulnerable networks that are disrupting physical and virtual education throughout the U.S. The top security problems include ransomware, Trojans and other malware as well as DDoS attacks.
"Molerats," an Arabic-speaking advanced persistent threat group that has been targeting victims for several years, is now abusing Facebook accounts, as well as other cloud-based platforms, to deploy previously undocumented malware as part of an ongoing espionage campaign, according to Cybereason.
Dutch HR firm Randstad and the public transportation agency of Vancouver, Canada, are continuing to recover from ransomware attacks. Both incidents appear to have involved Egregor ransomware, with Randstad reporting that data was exfiltrated and is now being leaked by attackers to try and force payment.
CISA is warning about a possible password leak that could affect vulnerable Fortinet VPNs and lead to further exploitation. The latest agency notice comes just days after hackers began publishing what they claim are leaked passwords on underground forums, according to researchers.
Europol, along with the other law enforcement agencies in Europe, prevented payment fraud losses of $47.5 million by targeting fraudsters who were selling stolen card data on darknet websites known as card shops.
Criminals continue to rely on automated bots for phishing attacks, web scraping, credential stuffing and more. But while gangs previously needed to amass large, powerful botnets to be effective, now they need relatively few devices, says Group-IB CTO Dmitry Volkov.
French IT services firm Sopra Steria, which was hit with Ryuk ransomware in October, now estimates that the attack could cost the company up to $60 million in recovery costs. Experts say that after going quiet in March, Ryuk reappeared in September, and has targeted numerous hospitals.
The Home Depot reached a $17.5 million settlement of a multistate lawsuit stemming from a 2014 data breach that compromised the payment card data of 40 million customers. The company will also implement new security procedures as part of the agreement.
This report helps to quantify the economic cost of cyberattacks by analyzing trends in malicious activities over time. By better understanding the impact associated with cybercrime, organizations can determine the right amount of investment in cybersecurity. Looking back at the costs of cybercrime to date is...