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09/11/2020

RansomEXX attacks on Windows and Linux

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New file-encrypting Trojan built as an ELF executable and intended to encrypt data on machines controlled by Linux-based operating systems.

Similarities in the code of the Trojan were found, the text of the ransom notes and the general approach to extortion, which suggested that this is in fact a Linux build of the previously known ransomware family RansomEXX.
This malware is notorious for attacking large organizations and was most active earlier this year.

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04/11/2020

New Kimsuky Module Makes North Korean Spyware More Powerful

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A week after the US government issued an advisory about a "global intelligence gathering mission" operated by North Korean state-sponsored hackers, new findings have emerged about the threat group's spyware capabilities.

The APT - dubbed "Kimsuky" (aka Black Banshee or Thallium) and believed to be active as early as 2012 - has been now linked to as many as three hitherto undocumented malware, including an information stealer, a tool equipped with malware anti-analysis features, and a new server infrastructure with significant overlaps to its older espionage framework

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30/10/2020

'Act of War' Clause Could Nix Cyber Insurance Payouts

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The indictment of six members of the Russian military for the NotPetya ransomware attack places companies on notice that insurance "is not a get-out-of-jail-free card."

 

Last week, insurers' arguments gained more weight when the US indicted six members of the Russian military for a variety of cyber operations, including the NotPetya wiper attack that disrupted business operations worldwide. Damages from those attacks are at the heart of major lawsuits against insurance companies, including a $1.3 billion legal action brought by pharmaceutical giant Merck against a collection of insurers and a $100 million lawsuit brought by food and beverage conglomerate Mondelez against Zurich Insurance.

In both cases, insurers claim the NotPetya attack represented a hostile act by a sovereign power, preventing any payout.

 

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