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Cyber Attack on Malta's Bank of Valletta

The Bank of Valletta, in which the government is the largest shareholder, shut down its systems, closing branches and ATMs, and suspending mobile and Internet banking and internal email. Its website also went offline.

Customer accounts were "in no way impacted or compromised" and normal services would resume as soon as possible, the bank said. Hackers attempted to transfer funds to banks in the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Britain, and the US, Muscat told parliament.

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127 million user records from 8 companies put up for sale on the dark web

An online cybercriminal recently sold 620M user records stolen from 16 companies and has put up a second batch of hacked data totalling 127M, originating from eight companies. The data is currently being sold on Dream Market, a dark web marketplace where crooks sell an assortment of illegal products, such as user data, drugs, weapons, malware, and others.

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Major Hacks of the Week

Hackers steal 25M rubles from the IT Bank!

Just recently, it became known that on February 7 hackers attacked the IT Bank of the Russian city Omsk. The hackers managed to steal 25M rubles. Experts suggest that this may be the group Silence, same group of Russian-speaking hackers, whose first activity was recorded in 2016.

The hackers specialize in targeted attacks on Banks, sending phishing emails with malicious attachments.

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Hackers Wipe VFEmail Servers, May Shut Down After Catastrophic Data Loss

The US servers of privacy-focused e-mail provider VFEmail were hacked into and all the data was destroyed, on both the main and the backup systems. According to VFEmail's owner, the hackers did not leave a ransom note and, given the extent of the destruction, the service will most likely go offline to never return.

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Major Vulnerabilities Disclosed

Windows executable masks Mac malware

A new strain of MacOS malware disguises itself as a Windows executable file to evade detection and embed itself on a system.

The malware authors aren't exactly in the cross-platform avant-garde: the .EXE file that carries the MacOS malware will not, in fact, execute on a Windows machine. Welcome to the malware rabbit hole.

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Phishers compromise Optus email accounts

Beware malware-laden missives. Email filtering company Mailguard is warning about an active phishing campaign emanating from compromised email accounts hosted on Optus' optusnet(dot)com(dot)au domain.

The messages purport to be advice recipients of remittance advices, invoices and insurance documents that are available for download.

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Legal, Regulatory and Corporate
Security and Beyond

127 million user records from 8 companies put up for sale on the dark web

An online cybercriminal recently sold 620M user records stolen from 16 companies and has put up a second batch of hacked data totalling 127M, originating from eight companies.

The data is currently being sold on Dream Market, a darkweb marketplace where crooks sell an assortment of illegal products, such as user data, drugs, weapons, malware, and others.

Read more...

Researchers Implant "Protected" Malware On Intel SGX Enclaves


Researchers have discovered a way to hide malicious code in Intel SGX enclaves, a hardware-based memory encryption feature in modern processors that isolates sensitive code and data to protect it from disclosure or modification.

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Security Awareness Tip

5 Easy Ways To Better IoT Security

Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the firstest growing technologies in this day and age. As much as this might be a good thing with regards to IoT connectivity, it also means more devices will tend to be vulnerable to the growing threat/risks. To help reduce the chances of these vulnerabilities, we have five easy ways to ensure the security of your IoT devices:

  1. Secure your radio communication channels
  2. Sign your Data
  3. Store Data in Internal Memory
  4. Use encryption techniques
  5. Use standard methods and common crypto libraries

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Silensec Editorial Team

Editor: Dr. Almerindo Graziano
Dr. Graziano is the Silensec CEO. He holds an MSc in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Mobile Computer Security, both from the University of Naples, Italy. Dr. Graziano has consulted in information security for private and government organisations across Europe, Africa and Middle East over the last 15 years. He is also a BSI-certified ISO27001 Lead Auditor trainer and auditor

Vice Editor: George Nicolaou (BSc, MSc)
George Nicolaou (BSc, MSc) leads the Silensec Malware Analysis Lab (MAL). He received his BSc in Computer Science and MSc in Advanced Computing Security from the University of Bath in UK, where he pursued research in malware and vulnerability analysis. For many years George has also been the Head of Research and Development department of the Astalavista Security Community. George is also a frequent speaker at security conferences around the world on advanced malware analysis, reverse engineering and exploit development techniques.

Digital Editor: Salome Omondi (B.Com)
Salome Omondi leads the Silensec Marketing Department. She holds a Bachelors of Commerce and Management from Strathmore University. Miss Omondi publishes the weekly Silensec Newsletter, keeping you up to date with the latest infosec news as well as improving information security awareness.


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