Security News

SIM swap scammer pleads guilty to Instagram account hijacks, crypto theft
2021-08-16 15:27

Declan Harrington, a Massachusetts man charged two years ago for his alleged involvement in a series of SIM swapping attacks, pleaded guilty to stealing cryptocurrency from multiple victims and hijacking the Instagram account of others. Harrington was charged with Eric Meiggs in November 2019 for targeting the owners of high-value Instagram and Tumblr accounts.

FlyTrap malware hijacks thousands of Facebook accounts
2021-08-09 21:43

A new Android threat that researchers call FlyTrap has been hijacking Facebook accounts of users in more than 140 countries by stealing session cookies. FlyTrap campaigns rely on simple social engineering tactics to trick victims into using their Facebook credentials to log into malicious apps that collected data associated with the social media session.

Android Malware ‘FlyTrap’ Hijacks Facebook Accounts
2021-08-09 16:18

Researchers have uncovered a new Android trojan, dubbed FlyTrap, that's spread to more than 10,000 victims via rigged apps on third-party app stores, sideloaded apps and hijacked Facebook accounts. Before the malware apps dish out the promised goodies, targeted users are told to log in with their Facebook accounts to cast their vote or collect the coupon code or credits.

Anti-Vaxxer Hijacks QR Codes at COVID-19 Check-In Sites
2021-04-29 13:58

Quick-response codes used by a COVID-19 contact-tracing program were hijacked by a man who simply slapped up scam QR codes on top to redirect users to an anti-vaccination website, according to local police. Fake QR codes were placed over genuine COVID safe check-ins and once scanned, it is understood it led people to a website with information against vaccinations.

New Malware Hijacks Kubernetes Clusters to Mine Monero
2021-02-03 20:50

Researchers have discovered never-before-seen malware, dubbed Hildegard, that is being used by the TeamTNT threat group to target Kubernetes clusters. Eventually, they warn, TeamTNT may launch a more large-scale cryptojacking attack via Kubernetes environments or steal data from applications running in Kubernetes clusters.

Ad-injecting malware hijacks Chrome, Edge, Firefox
2020-12-11 14:15

When searching for things online, has a greater number of ads than usual been popping up at the top of your search results? If it has, and you're using Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Yandex Browser, or Mozilla Firefox, you might have fallen prey to the ad-injecting Adrozek malware. Modifying browser extensions by adding malicious scripts to them, which fetch additional scripts to injecting advertisements into search results.

Magecart Attack Convincingly Hijacks PayPal Transactions at Checkout
2020-12-01 13:18

Just in time for a busy online holiday shopping season, the Magecart gang has come up with a new credit-card skimming technique for hijacking PayPal transactions during checkout. Magecart is an umbrella term encompassing several different threat groups who all use the same attack method: They compromise e-commerce websites to inject card-skimming scripts on checkout pages, stealing unsuspecting customers' payment card details and other information entered into the fields on the page.

KashmirBlack Botnet Hijacks Thousands of Sites Running On Popular CMS Platforms
2020-10-29 03:02

An active botnet comprising hundreds of thousands of hijacked systems spread across 30 countries is exploiting "Dozens of known vulnerabilities" to target widely-used content management systems. The cybersecurity firm's six-month-long investigation into the botnet reveals a complex operation managed by one command-and-control server and more than 60 surrogate servers that communicate with the bots to send new targets, allowing it to expand the size of the botnet via brute force attacks and installation of backdoors.

Coinbase phishing hijacks Microsoft 365 accounts via OAuth app
2020-10-19 15:37

A new phishing campaign uses a Coinbase-themed email to install an Office 365 consent app that gives attackers access to a victim's email. Over the past year, hackers have increasingly used Microsoft Office 365 OAuth apps, otherwise known as consent apps, as part of their attacks.

Revamped Qbot Trojan Packs New Punch: Hijacks Email Threads
2020-08-27 11:14

One new Qbot feature hijacks a victim's Outlook-based email thread and uses it to infect other PCs. The 12-year-old malware resurface in January 2020, according to F5 researchers, who issued a report in June detailing new Qbot evasive features to avoid detection. Most of the victims of the new Qbot campaigns have been in the United States, where 29 percent of Qbot attacks have been detected, followed by India, Israel and Italy, according to Check Point.