Bill Toulas
Bill Toulas
Tech writer, infosec news reporter @BleepinComputerSource
Nicosia, Cyprus
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LockBit ransomware secretly building next-gen encryptor before takedown

LockBit ransomware secretly building next-gen encryptor before takedown

LockBit ransomware developers were secretly building a new version of their file encrypting malware, dubbed LockBit-NG-Dev - likely to become LockBit 4.0, when law enforcement took down the cybercriminal's infrastructure earlier this week. As a result of the collaboration with the National Crime Agency in the UK, cybersecurity company Trend Micro analyzed a sample of the latest LockBit development that can work on multiple operating systems. While previous LockBit malware is built in C/C++, the latest sample is a work-in-progress written in .NET that appears to be...

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KeyTrap attack: Internet access disrupted with one DNS packet

KeyTrap attack: Internet access disrupted with one DNS packet

A serious vulnerability named KeyTrap in the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) feature could be exploited to deny internet access to applications for an extended period. Tracked as CVE-2023-50387, KeyTrap is a design issue in DNSSEC and impacts all popular Domain Name System (DNS) implementations or services. It allows a remote attacker to cause a long lasting denial-of-service (DoS) condition in vulnerable resolvers by sending a single DNS packet. DNS is what allows us humans to access online locations by typing in domain names instead of the server's IP address our...

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Johnson Controls says ransomware attack cost $27 million, data stolen

Johnson Controls says ransomware attack cost $27 million, data stolen

Johnson Controls International has confirmed that a September 2023 ransomware attack cost the company $27 million in expenses and led to a data breach after hackers stole corporate data. Johnson Controls is a multinational conglomerate that develops and manufactures industrial control systems, security equipment, air conditioners, and fire safety equipment. As first reported by BleepingComputer, Johnson Controls suffered a ransomware attack in September after the firm's Asia offices were initially breached, and the attackers spread throughout their network. The attack forced the...

Jan 31
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Android spyware camouflaged as VPN, chat apps on Google Play

Android spyware camouflaged as VPN, chat apps on Google Play

Three Android apps on Google Play were used by state-sponsored threat actors to collect intelligence from targeted devices, such as location data and contact lists. The malicious Android apps were discovered by Cyfirma, who attributed the operation with medium confidence to the Indian hacking group "DoNot," also tracked as APT-C-35, which has targeted high-profile organizations in Southeast Asia since at least 2018. In 2021, an Amnesty International report linked the threat group to an Indian cybersecurity firm and highlighted a spyware distribution campaign that also relied on a fake chat...

Jun 19
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