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U.S. Authorities Take Sweeping Actions Against North Korean Hacking Operations

Several U.S. federal agencies on Wednesday released a batch of indictments, cybersecurity advisories, and malware analysis reports that represents one of the most expansive cybersecurity-related actions against North Korea in years. The U.S. Justice Department unsealed charges against three North Korean hackers who are accused of stealing and extorting more than $1.3 billion of money and cryptocurrency from financial institutions around the globe. It’s the first indictment related to North Korean hacking operations since 2018, according to an analysis by The Record…

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‘Every Attack Was Like a Slightly Deadlier Version Than the Last:’ NYT’s Perlroth Talks About Her New Book

When Nicole Perlroth joined The New York Times’ technology bureau nearly ten years ago, cybersecurity was in a much different place than it is today.

“The crazy thing happening in that moment was Anonymous, which seems so quaint these days,” she said.

As the decade unfolded, she witnessed and wrote about attacks that grew increasingly brazen and destructive: hacks targeting Sony Pictures, Yahoo, and Equifax, as well as incidents that spiraled out of control like WannaCry and NotPetya. Governments were stockpiling cyber weapons and unleashing them on adversaries. Occasionally the tools would get stolen and used against the country hoarding them….

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A Volunteer Cyber Group Formed To Protect Hospitals During the Pandemic Releases Its First Report

An organization founded by vigilantes seeking to protect healthcare workers from digital threats during the COVID-19 pandemic has released its first report, which details cybercrime activity against global healthcare entities since pandemic lockdowns began in March of last year. In line with previous reports on the sector, it found that cybercrime had accelerated during the pandemic as criminals exploited the rapid transition to remote work and the psychological pressures produced by the global health crisis…

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SIM Swappers Stole $100 Million from ‘Well-Known Influencers’ Before Getting Arrested, Authorities Say

An international law enforcement operation arrested ten suspected hackers who are accused of targeting U.S. celebrities with SIM swapping attacks that netted them $100 million in cryptocurrency. “Well-known sports stars, musicians, and influencers” were targeted in the scheme, which involved exploiting phone service providers to deactivate a victim’s SIM and transferring the number to one owned by a member of the criminal network. This let the attackers intercept messages directed to the victims, allowing them to hijack accounts, steal money, and masquerade as the victims on social media, authorities said…

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Hackers Targeted Work-From-Home Technology and Avoided Adobe Products Last Year

In 2015, eight of the top ten most exploited vulnerabilities involved Adobe products. But in 2020, no Adobe products made the list, according to new data. Instead, cybercriminals focused their attention on vulnerabilities in remote-work technology, such as Citrix’s Application Delivery Controller, PulseSecure’s Pulse Connect, and Oracle’s WebLogic, as well as widely-used Microsoft products…

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An Interview With Ares, a Russian Coder Who Built a Swiss Army Knife for Hackers

In 2012, a Russian hacker who went by the moniker Ares received a routine email asking about Intercepter-NG, a popular tool he developed that can be used for traffic interception. The user was having difficulty—the tool would crash when he tried using it to parse large amounts of data—and Ares was quick to reply. “Man, you patch quick!” the user wrote in response. According to Ares, the messages came from [email protected], the email address used by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. About a year after their first conversation, Snowden would be living as a fugitive, wanted by the U.S. government for revealing thousands of classified documents to journalists….

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Federal Officials: COVID-19 Fraud Highlights Need for a New Digital Identity System

“We’ve seen how billions of dollars in fraud involving COVID-19 relief programs have exposed weaknesses in current identity and payment systems. These forced us to take a really hard look at how identity is managed, verified, and authenticated,” said Michael Mosier, deputy director of the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, also known as FinCEN. “To get payments right, we have to get identity right and we have to do it in a way that preserves privacy while ensuring security in the system.” Lawmakers and other officials called on the Biden administration to focus on creating a new digital identification system that would make it harder for cybercriminals to steal from financial institutions and individuals…

The Department of Justice unsealed a series of cybersecurity indictments.
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How the Justice Department Is Stepping up Its Efforts To Indict State-Sponsored Hackers

When it comes to indicting state-sponsored hackers, 2020 was one of the busiest years yet for the U.S. Justice Department. The DOJ unsealed seven such indictments last year, charging 22 foreign hackers with working in whole or in part for foreign governments. In terms of both indictments unsealed and foreign hackers charged, that makes 2020 the second most prolific year ever for the DOJ, an investigation by The Record has found. The only time the Justice Department surpassed that tally was in 2018…

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Belgium’s Top Cybersecurity Authority on How To Make the Internet a Safer Place

In 2017, Belgian cybersecurity officials launched a campaign aimed at one the country’s most pervasive digital threats: phishing attacks. Citizens were taught how to spot potentially malicious emails and were instructed to forward them to an address administered by the Centre for Cyber Security Belgium, the country’s central authority for cybersecurity. At first only a trickle of emails came in, said CCB Managing Director Miguel De Bruycker. But the campaign continued and expanded over the last three years—by the end of 2020, about 10,000 suspicious emails a day were forwarded to the address, double the amount from a year prior.

As the head of the CCB, which manages Belgium’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) and is under the authority of the country’s Prime Minister, De Bruycker has his sights on more ambitious projects aimed at making the internet more secure. He talked to The Record recently about the future of digital identity and how governments must gain trust to implement strong cybersecurity policies…

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U.S. Announces Charges, Cryptocurrency Seizure in NetWalker Investigation

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that a coordinated international campaign targeting the NetWalker ransomware has resulted in the seizure of hundreds of thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency and criminal charges against a Canadian national. NetWalker attacks steadily rose last year, and targeted a wide range of organizations including hospitals, schools, and municipalities, according to data collected by Recorded Future. The ransomware-as-a-service operation is part of a growing movement where attackers steal and leak data to pressure victims into paying a demand….