Vulnerable code has been discovered in the payment solution plugin WooCommerce for the WordPress content management system (CMS) that could allow an unauthenticated attacker to gain administrative privileges and take over a website. The findings come from WordPress security experts at Wordfence, who described the critical authentication bypass in a blog post published on Thursday.
The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) have unveiled a new effort to aid organizations in quickly fixing vulnerabilities targeted by ransomware actors. The Pre-Ransomware Notification Initiative provides businesses with early warnings, enabling them to potentially evict threat actors before they can encrypt data and systems for
by Paul Ducklin Security holes in WordPress plugins that could allow other people to poke around your WordPress site are always bad news. Even if all you’re running is a basic setup that doesn’t have customer accounts and doesn’t collect or process any personal information such as names and email addresses… …it’s worrying enough just
A Chinese cyber-espionage actor likely connected with the “Operation Soft Cell” campaign has been targeting Middle East telecom providers since the beginning of 2023. The new series of attacks are part of what SentinelOne researchers described as “Operation Tainted Love,” a cyber-espionage campaign exhibiting “a well-maintained, versioned credential theft capability” and a new dropper mechanism.
by Paul Ducklin DELETED DATA THAT JUST WON’T GO AWAY The mobile phone bugs that Google kept quiet, just in case. The mysterious case of ATM video uploads. When redacted data springs back to life. No audio player below? Listen directly on Soundcloud. With Paul Ducklin and Chester Wisniewski. Intro and outro music by Edith
An administrator of the notorious BreachForums website has announced the forum was taken down following the arrest of its alleged founder days ago. Writing in a Telegram message within the “Breach Forums” channel on Tuesday, the BreachForums admin known as “baphomet” confirmed he would be closing the site. “I will be taking down the forum,
by Paul Ducklin Just yesterday, we wrote about a bug in Google Pixel phones, apparently now patched, with potentially dangerous consequences. The bug finders, understandably excited (and concerned) by what they’d found, decided to follow the BWAIN principle for maximum, turning it into a Bug With An Impressive Name: aCropalypse. In case you’re wondering, the
More than 2400 scam pages have been discovered targeting Arabic-speaking job seekers in 13 countries from January 2022 to January 2023. The findings were made public by Group-IB security researchers in an advisory published earlier today. In it, risk protection analysts Sharef Hlal and Olga Ulchenko said that firms based in Egypt (48%), Saudi Arabia
by Paul Ducklin Even if you’ve never used one, you probably know what a VCR is (or was). Short for video cassette recorder, it was how we recorded and watched back videos at home in the days when digital video stored on hard disks was the absurdly expensive privilege of huge companies, typically TV stations.
Twenty different spam campaigns relying on the Mispadu banking Trojan were discovered targeting victims in Chile, Mexico, Peru and Portugal. The findings, which show 90,518 credentials stolen from a total of 17,595 unique websites, come from the Ocelot Team of Latin American cybersecurity firm Metabase Q. These included a number of government websites: 105 in
by Paul Ducklin There are plenty of military puns in operating system history. Unix famously has a whole raft of personnel known as Major Number, who organise the batallions of devices such as disk drives, keyboards and webcams in your system. Microsoft once struggled with the apparently incompetent General Failure, who was regularly spotted trying
The Russia-aligned advanced persistent threat (APT) known as Winter Vivern has been observed conducting espionage campaigns targeting government organizations and a private telecommunication organization. Security researchers at SentinelOne shared details about the new campaign in an advisory published on Thursday. The APT activity was first identified by DomainTools in early 2021 and then further described
The Project Zero team at Google published a new advisory on Thursday, confirming it reported 18 zero-day vulnerabilities in Exynos Modems made by Samsung between late 2022 and early 2023. Written by Project Zero head, Tim Willis, the blog post states that four of the vulnerabilities (CVE-2023-24033 and three others that have yet to be
by Paul Ducklin Google has just revealed a fourfecta of critical zero-day bugs affecting a wide range of Android phones, including some of its own Pixel models. These bugs are a bit different from your usual Android vulnerabilities, which typically affect the Android operating system (which is Linux-based) or the applications that come along with
Dozens of websites set up to deliver trojanized versions of WhatsApp and Telegram apps have been spotted targeting Android and Windows users. As discovered by security researchers at ESET, most of these apps rely on clipper malware designed to steal or modify the contents of the Android clipboard. Read more on clipper malware here: Shein
by Paul Ducklin THE PRICE OF FAST FASHION Lucky Thirteen! The price of fast fashion. Firefox fixes. Feature creep fail curtailed in Patch Tuesday. No audio player below? Listen directly on Soundcloud. With Paul Ducklin and Chester Wisniewski. Intro and outro music by Edith Mudge. You can listen to us on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, Google
The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has disclosed information regarding a .NET deserialization vulnerability (CVE-2019-18935) in the Progress Telerik user interface (UI) for ASP.NET AJAX. CISA described the findings in an advisory on Wednesday, saying multiple cyber-threat actors were able to exploit the flaw, which also affected the Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) web server
by Paul Ducklin Heard of cricket (the sport, not the insect)? It’s much like baseball, except that batters can hit the ball wherever they like, including backwards or sideways; bowlers can hit the batter with the ball on purpose (within certain safety limits, of course – it just wouldn’t be cricket otherwise) without kicking off
A new malware campaign targeting an East Asian company that develops data-loss prevention (DLP) software for government and military entities has been attributed to the advanced persistent threat (APT) group known as Tick. According to an advisory published by ESET on Tuesday, the threat actor breached the DLP company’s internal update servers to deliver malware
by Paul Ducklin Thanks to the precise four-week length of February this year, last month’s coincidence of Firefox and Microsoft updates has happened once again. Last month, Microsoft dealt with three zero-days, by which we mean security holes that cybercriminals found first, and figured out how to abuse in real-life attacks before any patches were
A previously unknown threat actor has been observed conducting espionage campaigns against CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) entities. Dubbed YoroTrooper by the Cisco Talos team, the threat actors mainly targeted government and energy organizations across Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. “We also observed YoroTrooper compromise accounts from at least two international organizations: a critical European Union
by Paul Ducklin Linux has never suffered from the infamous BSoD, short for blue screen of death, the name given to the dreaded “something went terribly wrong” message associated with a Windows system crash. Microsoft has tried many things over the years to shake that nickname “BSoD”, including changing the background colour used when crash
A total of 13 vulnerabilities have been found in the E11 smart intercom devices made by Chinese manufacturer Akuvox, allowing remote code execution (RCE), network access and more. Writing in an advisory published last week, Vera Mens, a security researcher at Claroty’s Team82, said the flaws could be exploited via three different attack vectors: RCE
New Linux versions of the IceFire ransomware were deployed in February, against enterprise networks of several media and entertainment sector organizations worldwide. According to security researchers at SentinelOne, the campaign leveraged the exploitation of CVE-2022-47986, a recently patched deserialization vulnerability in IBM Aspera Faspex file-sharing software. “The operators of the IceFire malware, who previously focused only
A new variant of the Xenomorph Android banking trojan has been spotted by ThreatFabric security researchers and classified as Xenomorph.C. The variant, developed by the threat actor known as Hadoken Security Group, represents a substantial upgrade from the malware previously observed by ThreatFabric, according to an advisory published by the company earlier today. “This new
by Paul Ducklin Chinese “fast fashion” brand SHEIN is no stranger to controversy, not least because of a 2018 data breach that its then-parent company Zoetop failed to spot, let alone to stop, and then handled dishonestly. As Letitia James, Attorney General of the State of New York, said in a statement at the end
The White House has allocated a total of $3.1bn to cybersecurity infrastructure in its latest budget report. Published on Thursday, the document shows $145m of this figure will go toward making the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) “more resilient and defensible.” Of the remaining funds, $98m will be invested in implementing the Cyber Incident Reporting
by Paul Ducklin YOU MUST HAVE THIS CHIP! EVEN IF IT HAS BUGS! Memories of Michelangelo (the virus, not the artist). Data leakage bugs in TPM 2.0. Ransomware bust, ransomware warning, and anti-ransomware advice. No audio player below? Listen directly on Soundcloud. With Doug Aamoth and Paul Ducklin. Intro and outro music by Edith Mudge.
The threat actor known as “8220 Gang” has been associated with a new payload targeting an exploitable Oracle Weblogic Server in a specific Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). The payload, analyzed by Fortinet security researchers, is characterized by the extraction of ScrubCrypt, a type of malware designed to obfuscate and encrypt applications with the goal of
The North Korean threat actor known as Lazarus Group has been spotted exploiting flaws in unnamed software to gain access to a South Korean finance firm twice last year. The news comes from security researchers at Asec, who published an advisory about the attacks on Tuesday. The company recorded the first of the attacks in
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