Oct 05 2023
Welcome to Gone Phishing, your daily cybersecurity newsletter that’s more concerned about the ‘hurricane’ of cybercrime heading to our shores #SuelladeVil 😏
Today’s hottest cybersecurity news stories:
🔍 Indeed platform hack: US execs targeted in phishing attacks 🎣
🖥️ Microsoft patches zero-day flaws in Edge, Teams, Skype 🩹
👨💻 Hackers are exploiting bugs left & right via file transfer tool 📥
Wassup, cyber-squad! 👋 We’ve got another hot cybersecurity scoop for you today! 🔥
🚨 The Threat: Cybersecurity gurus at Menlo Security have issued a warning about a sneaky phishing campaign targeting big-shot executives. 😨 The attackers are using a clever trick involving the popular job-hunting site Indeed.
🌐 Indeed’s Popularity: Indeed, the go-to place for job seekers worldwide, with 350 million monthly visitors and 14,000 global employees, is the perfect disguise for these cybercriminals.
👿 How They Do It: Starting in July 2023, these baddies exploited a weakness in Indeed’s website to trick victims into handing over their Microsoft credentials. 😡 They mainly went after C-suite executives in sectors like banking, insurance, property, and manufacturing.
📧 The Sneaky Email: Victims receive an email with a link that looks like it’s taking them to Indeed. But when they click it, they end up on a fake Microsoft login page created with the EvilProxy phishing framework.
🔑 What’s at Risk: The hackers steal not only login info but also session cookies, giving them access to victims’ Microsoft accounts, even getting around multi-factor authentication! 😱
🤖 Techy Stuff: This attack worked because Indeed’s website could be used to redirect visitors to shady places. The hackers even set up their phishing pages on special servers.
🚀 The Bigger Picture: Menlo Security says this is just the beginning. Once hackers have your account info, they can do all sorts of damage, from identity theft to major financial losses. 😰
🔗 Similar Attacks: Proofpoint recently spotted a similar phishing campaign targeting execs using a tool called EvilProxy, using services like YouTube for their tricks.
🔒 Stay Safe: Always be cautious with emails and links, especially if they seem fishy. 👀 And make sure your online accounts have strong security settings.
📢 Action Pending: Menlo Security reported the issue to Indeed, but no word yet on a fix. We’ll keep you updated!
Keep those cyber-eyes peeled, and stay safe out there! 🌐💻🛡️
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🚀 Microsoft has just dropped some critical updates to keep your digital world safe. Here’s what you need to know! 🤓🔒
🔥 The Issue: Microsoft detected two sneaky zero-day vulnerabilities in some of its popular products – Edge, Teams, and Skype. 😱 These bugs are hiding in open-source libraries used by these apps.
🐛 The Bugs: The first one, CVE-2023-4863, is caused by a weakness in the WebP code library (libwebp). It can lead to crashes or let attackers run their code on your device. The second, CVE-2023-5217, messes with the VP8 encoding in the libvpx video codec library, also causing crashes and allowing hackers to run their own code.
🌐 Widespread Impact: These libraries are used in many projects and apps, like web browsers (Safari, Firefox, Edge, Opera), 1Password, and Signal. So, it’s not just a Microsoft problem.
🔐 Microsoft’s Response: Redmond acted fast and released patches for these issues. Affected products include Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Teams for Desktop, Skype for Desktop, and Webp Image Extensions. Keep your Microsoft Store updates on to get the fix automatically.
🕵️ Exploited in the Wild: These bugs were found being exploited by unknown attackers, but details are hush-hush. Apple, Google, and Citizen Lab reported them.
🚧 Watch Out: Be cautious! Until everyone gets the fix, some info might stay under wraps to protect users.
Stay sharp out there, and don’t forget to update your Microsoft apps! 🚨💻
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Following on from the above story, let’s take a closer look at how these bad actors (nope, we’re not talking about Jackie Chan or Steven Seagal! 🙈) have been exploiting these recently exposed vulnerabilities (some patched, some not 💀).
🌐 Browser Bug Exploits: Hackers are having a field day with two vulnerabilities! The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has sounded the alarm on CVE-2023-5217. This bug affects Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and more.
It’s being used by commercial spyware vendors. 😨 Google is keeping details hush-hush so users can install fixes. The bug messes with a media tool in browsers and potentially other platforms, making it a big concern. 🕵️♂️
🔄 Open Source Insecurity: The flaws in these tools raise eyebrows about the security of open source software, which is used in many products. The White House even held a summit addressing this issue recently.
📁 File Transfer Tool Under Attack: Progress Software, the creators of MOVEit, found vulnerabilities in WS_FTP Server. Experts initially breathed a sigh of relief, but then the first exploitation cases were spotted.
Ransomware gangs might be getting in on the action. A proof-of-concept exploit was published, which didn’t sit well with Progress Software. They urge users to patch up quickly. 🛡️
🔍 The Numbers Game: Estimates vary on the number of vulnerable systems, but it’s a serious issue affecting large organisations, governments, and educational institutions. Cautious optimism remains, as some servers have disabled the vulnerable module. 📊
Stay on your guard, update your software, and keep an eye out for the latest security news. 🚀💻
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