Security News

New Chinotto Spyware Targets North Korean Defectors, Human Rights Activists
2021-11-29 05:14

Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky attributed the infiltrations to a North Korean hacker group tracked as ScarCruft, also known as APT37, Reaper Group, InkySquid, and Ricochet Chollima. "The actor utilized three types of malware with similar functionalities: versions implemented in PowerShell, Windows executables and Android applications," the company's Global Research and Analysis Team said in a new report published today.

Apple’s NSO Group Lawsuit Amps Up Pressure on Pegasus Spyware-Maker
2021-11-24 15:55

The complaint alleges that the maker of the infamous Pegasus mobile spyware is responsible for the illegal surveillance of Apple users. "In a free society, it is unacceptable to weaponize powerful state-sponsored spyware against those who seek to make the world a better place," said Ivan Krstić, head of apple security engineering and architecture, in an Apple statement, issued Monday.

Apple Sues Israel's NSO Group for Spying on iPhone Users With Pegasus Spyware
2021-11-24 04:10

Apple has sued NSO Group and its parent company Q Cyber Technologies in a U.S. federal court holding it accountable for illegally targeting users with its Pegasus surveillance tool, marking yet another setback for the Israeli spyware vendor. "State-sponsored actors like the NSO Group spend millions of dollars on sophisticated surveillance technologies without effective accountability. That needs to change," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering in a statement.

APT C-23 Hackers Using New Android Spyware Variant to Target Middle East Users
2021-11-24 00:49

A threat actor known for striking targets in the Middle East has evolved its Android spyware yet again with enhanced capabilities that allow it to be stealthier and more persistent while passing off as seemingly innocuous app updates to stay under the radar. The new variants have "Incorporated new features into their malicious apps that make them more resilient to actions by users, who might try to remove them manually, and to security and web hosting companies that attempt to block access to, or shut down, their command-and-control server domains," Sophos threat researcher Pankaj Kohli said in a report published Tuesday.

Apple sues 'amoral 21st century mercenaries' NSO for infecting iPhones with Pegasus spyware
2021-11-23 20:58

Apple today sued NSO Group, which sells spyware to governments and other organizations, for infecting and snooping on people's iPhones. In a strongly worded filing [PDF] Apple described NSO as "Amoral 21st century mercenaries who have created highly sophisticated cyber-surveillance machinery that invites routine and flagrant abuse." Cupertino wants damages and a ban on NSO interacting or interfering any further with Apple services and products.

Apple sues spyware-maker NSO Group, notifies iOS exploit targets
2021-11-23 18:31

Apple has filed a lawsuit against Pegasus spyware-maker NSO Group and its parent company for the targeting and spying of Apple users with surveillance tech. NSO's FORCEDENTRY exploit was used by state-backed attackers to break into Apple devices to install the latest version of Pegasus spyware, as revealed by the Citizen Lab in August.

Israel's Candiru Spyware Found Linked to Watering Hole Attacks in U.K and Middle East
2021-11-17 03:10

Israeli spyware vendor Candiru, which was added to an economic blocklist by the U.S. government this month, is said to have reportedly waged "Watering hole" attacks against high-profile entities in the U.K. and the Middle East, new findings reveal. The strategic web compromises are believed to have occurred in two waves, the first commencing as early as March 2020 before ending in August 2020, and the second string of attacks beginning in January 2021 and lasting until early August 2021, when the targeted websites were stripped clean off the malicious scripts.

Fake end-to-end encrypted chat app distributes Android spyware
2021-11-13 16:12

The GravityRAT remote access trojan is being distributed in the wild again, this time under the guise of an end-to-end encrypted chat application called SoSafe Chat. In 2020, the malware was targeting people via an Android app named 'Travel Mate Pro,' but since the pandemic has slowed down traveling, the actors moved to a new guise.

New Android Spyware Poses Pegasus-Like Threat
2021-11-10 14:00

Researchers discovered new Android spyware that provides similar capabilities to NSO Group's Pegasus controversial software. PhoneSpy disguises itself as a legitimate application and gives attackers complete access to data stored on a mobile device and grants full control over the targeted device, according to a Zimperium zLabs report published Wednesday.

PhoneSpy: Android spyware campaign targeting South Korean users
2021-11-10 14:00

An ongoing spyware campaign dubbed 'PhoneSpy' targets South Korean users via a range of lifestyle apps that nest in the device and silently exfiltrate data. The campaign deploys a powerful Android malware capable of stealing sensitive information from the users and taking over the device's microphone and camera.