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There are warnings from the DHS and FBI about a North Korean cyber operation dubbed Hidden Cobra.

US Government Warns of Hidden Cobra North Korea Cyber Threat

A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alert released on Tuesday warns the public about a campaign of hacking by the government of North Korea it has code-named “Hidden Cobra.”

North Korean hackers have been targeting US defense firms in search of information on weapons systems, according to multiple sources.

Exclusive: Eye on Weapons Systems, North Korean Hackers target US Defense Contractors

North Korean hackers have stepped up their attacks on U.S. defense contractors in an apparent effort to gain intelligence on weapon systems and other assets that might be used against the country in an armed conflict with the United States and its allies, The Security Ledger has learned.

Pharmaceutical giant Merck said on Friday that the NotPetya malware outbreak in June halted production and left it short of doses of Gardasil, a critical vaccine to prevent HPV. (Image courtesy of Merck.)

NotPetya Infection Left Merck Short of Key HPV Vaccine

The NotPetya malware infection shut down pharmaceutical giant Merck’s production of the pediatric vaccine GARDASIL last June, forcing the company to borrow the drug from a stockpile maintained by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to meet demand.

Plumbing the KRACK Vulnerability and Fast Flux Botnets: the AirBnB of the Cybercrime World

Plumbing the KRACK Vulnerability and Fast Flux Botnets: the AirBnB of the Cybercrime World

In this 67th episode of The Security Ledger Podcast, we talk with Bob Rudis of the firm Rapid7 about KRACK, a security hole that affects most wi-fi hotspots. Also: Or Katz of Akamai talks about that company’s work analyzing fast-flux botnets, which have become like AirBnB for cyber criminals looking for a place to host malicious networks. Finally: Tim Jarrett of Veracode tells us how a single security hole in an open source library found its way into millions of applications. 

Research Finds Home Routers fill ranks of Fast Flux Botnets

Research Finds Home Routers fill ranks of Fast Flux Botnets

Research from the firm Akamai finds cyber criminals are marrying vulnerable home routers to sophisticated “fast flux” command and control tools to create long-lived, cyber criminal infrastructure.