Digital Signature Spoofing Flaws Uncovered in OpenOffice and LibreOffice

The maintainers of LibreOffice and OpenOffice have shipped security updates to their productivity software to remediate multiple vulnerabilities that could be weaponized by malicious actors to alter documents to make them appear as if they are digitally signed by a trusted source. The list of the three flaws is as follows — CVE-2021-41830 / CVE-2021-25633 - Content and Macro Manipulation withSource...

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Microsoft Fended Off a Record 2.4 Tbps DDoS Attack Targeting Azure Customers

Microsoft on Monday revealed that its Azure cloud platform mitigated a 2.4 Tbps distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in the last week of August targeting an unnamed customer in Europe, surpassing a 2.3 Tbps attack stopped by Amazon Web Services in February 2020. "This is 140 percent higher than 2020's 1 Tbps attack and higher than any network volumetric event previously detected on Azure,Source...

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Microsoft Warns of Iran-Linked Hackers Targeting US and Israeli Defense Firms

An emerging threat actor likely supporting Iranian national interests has been behind a password spraying campaign targeting US, EU, and Israeli defense technology companies, with additional activity observed against regional ports of entry in the Persian Gulf as well as maritime and cargo transportation companies focused in the Middle East. Microsoft is tracking the hacking crew under theSource...

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Ukraine Arrests Operator of DDoS Botnet with 100,000 Compromised Devices

Ukrainian law enforcement authorities on Monday disclosed the arrest of a hacker responsible for the creation and management of a "powerful botnet" consisting of over 100,000 enslaved devices that was used to carry out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and spam attacks on behalf of paid customers. The unnamed individual, from the Ivano-Frankivsk region of the country, is also said to haveSource...

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Apple Releases Urgent iPhone and iPad Updates to Patch New Zero-Day Vulnerability

Apple on Monday released a security update for iOS and iPad to address a critical vulnerability that it says is being exploited in the wild, making it the 17th zero-day flaw the company has addressed in its products since the start of the year.' The weakness, assigned the identifier CVE-2021-30883, concerns a memory corruption issue in the "IOMobileFrameBuffer" component that could allow anSource...

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Indian-Made Mobile Spyware Targeted Human Rights Activist in Togo

A prominent Togolese human rights defender has been targeted with spyware by a threat actor known for striking victims in South Asia, marking the hacking group's first foray into digital surveillance in Africa. Amnesty International tied the covert attack campaign to a collective tracked as "Donot Team" (aka APT-C-35), which has been linked to cyber offensives in India and Pakistan, while alsoSource...

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Verify End-Users at the Helpdesk to Prevent Social Engineering Cyber Attack

Although organizations commonly go to great lengths to address security vulnerabilities that may exist within their IT infrastructure, an organization's helpdesk might pose a bigger threat due to social engineering attacks. Social engineering is "the art of manipulating people so they give up confidential information," according to Webroot. There are many different types of social engineeringSource...

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Ransomware Group FIN12 Aggressively Going After Healthcare Targets

An "aggressive" financially motivated threat actor has been identified as linked to a string of RYUK ransomware attacks since October 2018, while maintaining close partnerships with TrickBot-affiliated threat actors and using a publicly available arsenal of tools such as Cobalt Strike Beacon payloads to interact with victim networks. Cybersecurity firm Mandiant attributed the intrusions to aSource...

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Researchers Warn of FontOnLake Rootkit Malware Targeting Linux Systems

Cybersecurity researchers have detailed a new campaign that likely targets entities in Southeast Asia with a previously unrecognized Linux malware that's engineered to enable remote access to its operators, in addition to amassing credentials and function as a proxy server. The malware family, dubbed "FontOnLake" by Slovak cybersecurity firm ESET, is said to feature "well-designed modules" thatSource...

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New Patch Released for Actively Exploited 0-Day Apache Path Traversal to RCE Attacks

The Apache Software Foundation on Thursday released additional security updates for its HTTP Server product to remediate what it says is an "incomplete fix" for an actively exploited path traversal and remote code execution flaw that it patched earlier this week. CVE-2021-42013, as the new vulnerability is identified as, builds upon CVE-2021-41773, a flaw that impacted Apache web servers runningSource...

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