A new, extremely evasive botnet has been discovered that takes unique leverage of command and control servers and can completely take over an enterprise device to execute any type of code it wishes, from ransomware to trojans to data extraction, according to researchers at endpoint and mobile security firm Deep Instinct.
Acting on an executive order, the U.S. government imposed sanctions on five companies and three individuals for their collaboration with the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in state-sponsored cyber-attack activity.
Malware dubbed “VPNFilter” that initially targeted small-office, home routers and network-attached (NAS) storage boxes is spreading globally and affecting more devices than previously thought, extending its reach to endpoint Internet of Things (IoT) devices and into networks to which they are connected, Cisco Talos researchers said Wednesday.
The nation-backed hacker group behind the TRITON/TRISIS malware attack is increasing its nefarious activity, putting critical infrastructure systems in danger of future cyber attacks, according to Dragos Security.
Newly discovered malicious software dubbed VPNFilter has infected hundreds of thousands of routers and network attached storage (NAS) devices globally and could be used to steal sensitive data or wipe out (“brick”) the devices, the company said.