WEEKLY CYBERSECURITY NEWSLETTER NO: 155
#Weekly Cybersecurity Tip: Don’t always believe your caller ID. Criminals can impersonate legitimate entities!
1- U.S. Indicts North Korean Hackers in Theft of $200 Million
The U.S. Justice Department today unsealed indictments against three men accused of working with the North Korean regime to carry out some of the most damaging cybercrime attacks over the past decade, including the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures, the global WannaCry ransomware contagion of 2017.
2- Malformed URL Prefix Phishing Attacks Spike 6,000%
Researchers from GreatHorn report they have observed a nearly 6,000-percent jump in attacks using “malformed URL prefixes” to evade protections and deliver phishing emails that look legit.
3- Kia Motors Allegedly Suffers Ransomware Attack
Kia Motors America has allegedly suffered a ransomware attack by the DoppelPaymer gang. The ransomware gang is demanding 404 bitcoins worth $20 million to prevent the leak of the data an d receive a decryptor. If the amount if not paid, the amount increased to 600 bitcoins ($30 million).
4- New Malware “Silver Sparrow” is Targeting Both Intel and M1 Macs
A new piece of malware has been detected on almost 30,000 Macs (so far) and, with no evidence yet of a harmful payload, it appears that security types can’t quite pinpoint the malware’s motives. Researchers over at Red Canary, a security operations firm where the malware was first discovered, have named it “Silver Sparrow” . As of now, it’s been detected in 153 countries.