Jan 09 2024
Welcome to Gone Phishing, your daily cybersecurity newsletter that’s checking out #CES2024 on X to remind ourselves that technology is, on occasion, used for good and not evil 🙈💀😂
Today’s hottest cybersecurity news stories:
👨💻 19 xDedic affiliates fall prey to DoJ in international sting 🌎
🕋 ‘Anonymous Arabic’ distributes ‘Silver RAT’ to hackers 🕌
🍜 DPRK hackers crypto-jacked $600 Million in 2023 alone 📈
The DoJ has successfully charged 19 individuals worldwide in connection with the notorious xDedic Marketplace, which facilitated over $68 million in fraud before its takedown in January 2019. 🌐🛑
In a joint effort with international law enforcement, including authorities from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Ukraine, and Europol, the investigation unveiled a transnational operation.
Three defendants have received 6.5 years in prison, eight face jail terms from one to five years, and one is on five years' probation.
Notably, Ukrainian Glib Ivanov-Tolpintsev and high-volume seller Dariy Pankov received sentences for selling compromised credentials and hacking thousands of servers.
Nigerian Allen Levinson, a "prolific buyer," targeted U.S.-based Certified Public Accounting firms for bogus tax returns. Five others await sentencing for wire fraud conspiracy. Two buyers, Olufemi Odedeyi and Oluwaseyi Shodipe, charged with wire fraud and identity theft, await extradition from the U.K., facing a maximum 20-year prison term if convicted.
xDedic's takedown revealed its role in illegal activities like tax fraud and ransomware attacks on government infrastructure, hospitals, call centres, and more. Administrators Alexandru Habasescu and Pavlo Kharmanskyi played key roles. 🕵️♂️🔒
Stay vigilant, and report any suspicious activity! 🔐🌐🚔
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🔒 Anonymous Arabic, a threat actor group, has released the Silver RAT—a cunning remote access trojan designed to outsmart security systems and launch hidden applications discreetly. According to cybersecurity firm Cyfirma, these actors, likely of Syrian origin, operate actively on hacker forums and social media, showcasing sophistication in their approach.
💼 The group is linked to the S500 RAT's development and runs a Telegram channel offering services like distributing cracked RATs, leaked databases, carding activities, and selling Facebook/X (formerly Twitter) bots. These bots are used by cybercriminals to automatically engage and comment on user content, promoting illicit services.
🌐 In-the-wild detections of Silver RAT v1.0 were spotted in November 2023, with official plans announced a year prior. The C#-based malware, equipped with features like connecting to a command-and-control server, keystroke logging, and potential data encryption, may also have an Android version in the works.
🛠️ Silver RAT's unique evasion feature allows payload execution delay and covert launching of apps on the compromised host. Analysis reveals a developer, likely in their mid-20s based in Damascus, with online posts indicating support for Palestine. The group's involvement spans social media, development platforms, underground forums, and Clearnet websites, suggesting widespread malware distribution. 🕵️♂️🌐🔐
Stay safe, y’all 🛡️
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🌐 North Korean threat actors have pulled off a staggering $600 million cryptocurrency heist in 2023, accounting for almost a third of all crypto funds stolen last year.
Despite a 30% reduction from 2022's $850 million haul, attacks linked to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) were ten times more damaging than non-North Korean hacks, reveals blockchain analytics firm TRM Labs.
💰 These financially motivated attacks serve as a vital revenue source for the sanctions-hit nation, funding weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, accumulating a total of $3 billion since 2017. The DPRK employs social engineering techniques to compromise private keys and seed phrases, gaining unauthorised access to victims' assets.
💼 In late 2023, additional breaches targeting the crypto sector could push the total figure to around $700 million. Despite U.S. Treasury sanctions on the crypto mixer service Sinbad, used by DPRK hackers, TRM Labs notes a continued evolution in their money laundering tactics, demanding constant vigilance and innovation from businesses and governments.
⚠️ Stay vigilant in the crypto space! 🚨🕵️♂️
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