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Surviving in an IoT-enabled world

Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered coffeemakers that expose Wi-Fi network passwords, baby monitors that let hackers spy on you, and smartphone-controlled home security systems that can be fooled with a magnet.

I am HDRoot! Part 2

Some time ago while tracking Winnti group activity we came across a standalone utility with the name HDD Rootkit for planting a bootkit on a computer. During our investigation we found several backdoors that the HDRoot bootkit used for infecting operating systems.

I am HDRoot! Part 1

Famous Chinese-speaking cybercriminal APT actor Winnti has been observed targeting pharmaceutical businesses. New threat, which Kaspersky Lab has called “HDRoot” after the original tool’s name “HDD Rootkit”, is a universal platform for a sustainable and persistent appearance in a targeted system, which can be used to launch any other tool.

The Shade Encryptor: a Double Threat

A family of ransomware Trojans emerged in late 2014/early 2015, and quickly established itself among the top three most widespread encryptors. This threat has been assigned the verdict Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Shade according to Kaspersky Lab’s classification. The original name given to the encryptor by its creator is not known.

Uncovering Tor users: where anonymity ends in the Darknet

Intelligence services have not disclosed any technical details of how they detained cybercriminals who created Tor sites to distribute illegal goods; in particular, they are not giving any clues how they identify cybercriminals who act anonymously. This may mean that the implementation of the Tor Darknet contains some vulnerabilities and/or configuration defects that make it possible to unmask any Tor user. In this research, we will present practical examples to demonstrate how Tor users may lose their anonymity and will draw conclusions from those examples.

The Naikon APT

The Naikon APT was one of the most active APTs in Asia. The attackers targeted mainly top-level government agencies and civil and military organizations in countries such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, Nepal, Thailand, Laos and China. For years they have mined victims, apparently in search of geo-political intelligence.

How exploit packs are concealed in a Flash object

The main role in performing a hidden attack is played by exploits to software vulnerabilities that can be used to secretly download malicious code on the victim machine. Recently, we have come across a new technique used to hide exploit-based attacks: fraudsters packed the exploit pack in the Flash file.

The Chronicles of the Hellsing APT: the Empire Strikes Back

One of the most active APT groups in Asia, and especially around the South China Sea area is “Naikon”. Naikon plays a key part in our story, but the focus of this report is on another threat actor entirely; one who came to our attention when they hit back at a Naikon attack.

The Banking Trojan Emotet: Detailed Analysis

The Emotet Trojan is a highly automated and developing, territorially-targeted bank threat. Its small size, the dispersal methods used and the modular architecture, all make Emotet a very effective weapon for the cyber-criminal.

IoT Research – Smartbands

One of the big trends in sphere of health and fitness are fitness trackers such as smartbands. Tracking devices and their mobile applications from three leading vendors were inspected in this report to shed some light on the current state of security and privacy of wearable fitness trackers.

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