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New Year, New Ransomware: Babuk Locker Targets Large Corporations

Despite being a mostly run-of-the-mill ransomware strain, Babuk Locker’s encryption mechanisms and abuse of Windows Restart Manager sets it apart.

Only a few days into the new year, one of the first new ransomware strains of 2021 has been discovered. Dubbed Babuk Locker, the ransomware appears to have successfully compromised five companies thus far, according to new research.

The research author, Chuong Dong, a computer science student at Georgia Tech, said that he first saw the ransomware mentioned in a tweet by a security researcher who goes by “Arkbird” on Twitter. He then discovered information about Babuk on RaidForums, which is a forum for sharing databases of breaches and leaks.

Researcher Breaks reCAPTCHA With Google’s Speech-to-Text API

An old attack method dating back to 2017 that uses voice-to-text to bypass CAPTCHA protections turns out to still work on Google’s latest reCAPTCHA v3.

That’s according to researcher Nikolai Tschacher, who posted a video proof-of-concept (PoC) of the attack on Jan. 2.

CAPTCHA, introduced in 2014, is an acronym for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart. ReCaptcha is Google’s name for its own technology and free service that uses image, audio or text challenges to verify that a human is signing into an account. It’s a bit of code available free of charge from Google for accounts that handle less than 1 million queries a month. Google recently started charging for larger reCAPTCHA accounts.

Ryuk, Egregor Ransomware Attacks Leverage SystemBC Backdoor

In the past few months researchers have detected hundreds of attempted SystemBC deployments globally, as part of recent Ryuk and Egregor ransomware attacks.

Commodity malware backdoor SystemBC has evolved to now automate a number of key activities, as well as use the anonymizing Tor platform. These overarching changes make it both easier for cybercriminals to deploy the backdoor, as well as cloak the destination of the command-and-control (C2) traffic.

FireEye Cyberattack Compromises Red-Team Security Tools

An attacker stole FireEye’s Red Team assessment tools that the company uses to test its customers’ security.

Cybersecurity firm FireEye has been hit in what CEO Kevin Mandia described as a highly targeted cyberattack. The attacker targeted and was able to access certain Red Team assessment tools that the company uses to test its customers’ security.

‘Amnesia:33’ TCP/IP Flaws Affect Millions of IoT Devices

A new set of vulnerabilities has been discovered affecting millions of routers and IoT and OT devices from more than 150 vendors, new research warns.

Researchers – as well as the U.S. Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) – are warning of a set of serious vulnerabilities affecting TCP/IP stacks. The flaws impact millions of internet-of-things (IoT) devices and embedded systems, including smart thermometers, smart plugs and printers.