Researchers discovered a new Snatch ransomware strain that will reboot computers it infects into Safe Mode to disable any resident security solutions and immediately starts encrypting files once the system loads.

Encrypting the victim’s files is possible because most security tools are automatically disabled when Windows devices boot in Safe Mode as the Sophos Managed Threat Response (MTR) team and SophosLabs researchers found.

“Snatch can run on most common versions of Windows, from 7 through 10, in 32- and 64-bit versions,” they add. “The samples we’ve seen are also packed with the open-source packer UPX to obfuscate their contents.”

Snatch ransomware came out towards the end of 2018 and it became noticeably active during April 2019 as shown by a spike in ransom notes and encrypted file samples submitted to Michael Gillespie’s ID Ransomware platform.

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Russia-linked Gamaredon cyberespionage group has been targeting Ukrainian targets, including diplomats, government and military officials.

Russia linked APT group tracked as Gamaredon has been targeting several Ukrainian diplomats, government and military officials, and law enforcement.

The Gamaredon attacks against Ukraine don’t seem to have stopped. In June malware researchers from Cybaze-Yoroi spotted a new suspicious activity potentially linked to the popular APT group.

The hacking campaign confirmed that the Gamaredon operations are still ongoing and the high interest of the Kremlin in infiltrating the East European ecosystem, especially the Ukranian one. The experts at Cybaze confirmed that the infection patterns were similar to the other attacks spotted in early 2019, including the Matryoshka structure and the use of chained SFX archives.

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The Lazarus hacking group has been caught trying to sneak a new ‘fileless’ Trojan on to Apple macOS computers disguised as a fake cryptocurrency trading application.


The discovery was reported by K7 Computing’s Dinesh Devadoss to Mac security expert Patrick Wardle, who immediately spotted similarities to previous attacks.

The first of these, from 2018, was the ‘Apple.Jeus’ malware, which also used a cryptocurrency trading application to lure high-value targets in order to steal cryptocoins.

In October 2019, the hackers retuned with a new backdoor Trojan that spreads using the same approach – a cryptocurrency application posted to GitHub for victims to download.

To make the applications appear trustworthy, both campaigns used the ruse of setting up fake software companies using legitimate certificates.

Both were connected to the suspected North Korean Lazarus Group, widely blamed for big attacks such as WannaCry in 2017 and Sony Pictures in 2014.

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Security researchers found a new vulnerability allowing potential attackers to hijack VPN connections on affected *NIX devices and inject arbitrary data payloads into IPv4 and IPv6 TCP streams.

They disclosed the security flaw tracked as CVE-2019-14899 to distros and the Linux kernel security team, as well as to others impacted such as Systemd, Google, Apple, OpenVPN, and WireGuard.

The vulnerability is known to impact most Linux distributions and Unix-like operating systems including FreeBSD, OpenBSD, macOS, iOS, and Android.

A currently incomplete list of vulnerable operating systems and the init systems they came with is available below, with more to be added once they are tested and found to be affected:

• Ubuntu 19.10 (systemd)
• Fedora (systemd)
• Debian 10.2 (systemd)
• Arch 2019.05 (systemd)
• Manjaro 18.1.1 (systemd)
• Devuan (sysV init)
• MX Linux 19 (Mepis+antiX)
• Void Linux (runit)
• Slackware 14.2 (rc.d)
• Deepin (rc.d)
• FreeBSD (rc.d)
• OpenBSD (rc.d)

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The Department of Homeland Security’s today alerted institutions from the financial services sector of risks stemming from ongoing Dridex malware attacks targeting private-sector financial firms through phishing e-mail spam campaigns.

The alert was published by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) via the US National Cyber Awareness System, a tool designed to provide industry and users with info on current security topics and threats.

“Because actors using Dridex malware and its derivatives continue to target the financial services sector, including financial institutions and customers, the techniques, tactics, and procedures contained in this report warrant renewed attention,” CISA says.

“Treasury and CISA encourage network security specialists to incorporate these indicators into existing Dridex-related network defense capabilities and planning.”

The alert issued today also comes with “a list of previously unreported indicators of compromise derived from information reported to FinCEN” by financial companies.

Technical Details

The Dridex malware, and its various iterations, has the capability to impact confidentiality of customer data and availability of data and systems for business processes. According to industry reporting, the original version of Dridex first appeared in 2012, and by 2015 had become one of the most prevalent financial Trojans. We expect actors using Dridex malware and its derivatives to continue targeting the financial services sector, including both financial institutions and customers.

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