Viruslist News

  • Spam and phishing in Q3 2018


    In Q3 2018, the average share of spam in global mail traffic rose by 2.88 p.p. to 52.54%, and the Anti-Phishing system prevented more than 137 million redirects to phishing sites, up 30 million against the previous reporting period.
  • Hey there! How much are you worth?


    I decided to investigate the black market and see what kind of information is being sold there. We all know that you can buy drugs, weapons and stolen goods there, but you can also buy online identities. How much do you think your online identity is worth?
  • DDoS Attacks in Q3 2018


    The third quarter 2018 turned out relatively quiet in terms of DDoS attacks. “Relatively” because there were not very many high-level multi-day DDoS onslaughts on major resources. However, the capacities employed by cybercriminals keep growing year after year, while the total number of attacks shows no signs of decline.
  • Hackers attacking your memories: science fiction or future threat?


    To better understand the potential future threat landscape facing memory implants, researchers from Kaspersky Lab and the University of Oxford Functional Neurosurgery Group have undertaken a practical and theoretical threat review of existing neurostimulators and their supporting infrastructure.
  • Phishing for knowledge


    When we talk about phishing, top of mind are fake banking sites, payment systems, as well as mail and other globally popular services. However, cybercriminals have their fingers in far more pies than that. Unobviously, perhaps, students and university faculties are also in the line of fire.
  • Octopus-infested seas of Central Asia


    For the last two years we have been monitoring a Russian-language cyberespionage actor that focuses on Central Asian users. We named the actor DustSquad and have provided reports on four of their campaigns. In this blogpost we cover a malicious program for Windows called Octopus that mostly targets diplomatic entities.
  • Threats in the Netherlands


    For this blogpost we gathered all the sinkhole data for Dutch IPs in the last four years, which amounts to around 85,000 entries. The aim is to give an overview of which APT groups are active in the Netherlands and what they are interested in.
  • MuddyWater expands operations


    MuddyWater is a relatively new APT that surfaced in 2017. It has focused mainly on governmental targets in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, according to past telemetry. However, the group behind MuddyWater has been known to target other countries in the Middle East, Europe and the US.
  • Zero-day exploit (CVE-2018-8453) used in targeted attacks


    Yesterday, Microsoft published their security bulletin, which patches CVE-2018-8453, among others. It is a vulnerability in win32k.sys discovered by Kaspersky Lab in August. Microsoft confirmed the vulnerability and designated it CVE-2018-8453.
  • Shedding Skin – Turla’s Fresh Faces


    Turla, also known as Venomous Bear, Waterbug, and Uroboros, may be best known for what was at the time an “ultra complex” snake rootkit focused on NATO-related targets, but their malware set and activity is much broader. Our current focus is on more recent and upcoming activity from this APT.

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