Authorities in the U.S. and U.K. are warning medical institutions, pharmaceutical companies, universities and others about "password-spraying campaigns" by advanced persistent threat groups seeking to steal COVID-19 research data. Security experts outline defensive steps that organizations can take.
Over the past five years, a sophisticated spyware campaign has been targeting Android users through Trojan-laced apps in the Google Play store that are disguised as various plugins, browser cleaners and application updaters, according to Kaspersky researchers.
Hackers with suspected ties to Vietnam's government targeted several Chinese agencies in an attempt to gather intelligence about the country's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to security firm FireEye. Vietnam denies it engaged in cyber espionage.
Many governments are pursuing contact-tracing apps to combat COVID-19, but such projects risk subjecting populations to invasive, long-term surveillance - as well as insufficient adoption - unless they take an open, transparent and as decentralized approach, says cybersecurity expert Alan Woodward.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began earlier the year, the FBI has seen an increase in nation-state hackers targeting U.S. medical research facilities and healthcare organizations conducting research into the virus.
The State Department is offering a $5 million reward for information about North Korean-sponsored hacking campaigns, according to an advisory released this week by several U.S. agencies about the ongoing threat these campaigns pose to financial institutions and others.
The Justice Department and several other federal executive branch agencies are asking the Federal Communications Commission to revoke China Telecom (Americas) Corp.'s license to provide international telecommunications services to and from the U.S., citing national security concerns.
A recent disinformation campaign that apparently originated in Russia used forged U.S. diplomatic documents and social media to spread false stories in Eastern Europe and Asia, according to a new research report, which warns that these tactics could be used against the U.S. in the run-up to the fall election.
Hackers are targeting Chinese government agencies and their employees by taking advantage of zero-day vulnerabilities in VPN servers to plant backdoors and other malware, researchers at the Chinese security firm Qihoo 360 report.
A recently uncovered spear-phishing campaign is using fears of the COVID-19 pandemic to spread an information stealer called LokiBot. FortiGuard Labs researchers find that cybercriminals are once again using World Health Organization images as a lure.
The stuck-at-home chronicles have fast become surreal, as remote workers face down a killer virus on the one hand and the flattening of their work and personal lives on the other. To help, many have rushed to adopt Zoom. And for many use cases - hint: not national security - it is a perfectly fine option.
Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, which started in China, Chinese cyber espionage campaigns are continuing, with a new campaign from one APT group targeting at least 75 enterprises in 20 countries, according to the security firm FireEye.
A hacking group targeted the World Health Organization earlier this month with an apparently unsuccessful spear-phishing campaign designed to harvest credentials as the United Nations organization was grappling with the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Disinformation campaigns with ties to Russia are continuing in an attempt to impede other governments' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, complicating public health efforts to combat the disease, European officials warn.