Dec 18 2023
Welcome to Gone Phishing, your daily cybersecurity newsletter that thinks Biden’s Democrats using #Decency as a slogan is a bit like a scammer being sponsored by McAfee 💀🙈😂
Today’s hottest cybersecurity news stories:
👛 Top crypto wallet Ledger’s supply chain done for $600k 💰
👨💻 American database company MongoDB gets data jacked 🤏
🤓 Microsoft warns of gift card scam its calling ‘Storm-0539’ ⛈️
Ledger, the prominent crypto hardware wallet maker, recently encountered a phishing attack that resulted in the theft of over $600,000 in virtual assets. 🚨 The breach unfolded when a former employee fell prey to a phishing attack, compromising Ledger's npm account.
💸 Crypto drainer 💸
The assailants exploited this access, uploading malicious code into versions 1.1.5, 1.1.6, and 1.1.7 of the "@ledgerhq/connect-kit" npm module. 😨 This code unleashed a crypto drainer malware, impacting connected wallets and using a deceptive WalletConnect project to reroute funds to a hacker-controlled wallet.
Security firm Sonatype revealed that version 1.1.7 executed unauthorised transactions, directly draining wallets, while versions 1.1.5 and 1.1.6 downloaded a secondary npm package, acting as a crypto drainer.
🦸 Tether to the rescue 🦸
Responding swiftly, Ledger removed the malicious versions, released 1.1.8, and reported the threat actor's wallet addresses. 🛡️ Tether took action by freezing the stolen funds. However, this incident underscores the vulnerability of open-source ecosystems to supply chain attacks.
🚨 Update: The malicious npm module (2e6d5f64604be31) has been promptly removed, emphasising the continuous need for vigilance in the crypto space.
Stay safe, secure your assets, and be wary of potential threats! 🔒💰
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MongoDB has launched an active investigation into a security incident that led to unauthorised access to "certain" corporate systems, exposing customer account metadata and contact details. 🕵️♂️ The American database software company detected unusual activity on December 13, 2023, and swiftly initiated its incident response efforts.
😏 Atlas, an explanation 😏
The unauthorised access had been ongoing for a period before discovery, though MongoDB assures customers that there's no known exposure to data stored in MongoDB Atlas. 🌐 While the exact compromise time frame remains undisclosed, MongoDB urges caution against social engineering and phishing attacks, advocating for the implementation of phishing-resistant multi-factor authentication (MFA) and regular password rotations for MongoDB Atlas.
But that's not the end of it! MongoDB faces increased login attempts affecting Atlas and its Support Portal. 🚨 The company clarifies that this issue is unrelated to the security event but acknowledges its impact on customer logins.
MongoDB is actively investigating the incident, promising updates as the investigation unfolds.
Stay vigilant, implement security measures, and watch out for further announcements! 🔒🌐
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Microsoft issues a warning about the rising threat named Storm-0539, orchestrating gift card fraud and theft through sophisticated email and SMS phishing attacks during the holiday season. 🎄 The threat aims to spread booby-trapped links, leading victims to adversary-in-the-middle (AiTM) phishing pages, harvesting credentials and session tokens.
⛈️ The Perfect Storm ⛈️
Once inside, Storm-0539 registers its device for secondary authentication, bypassing Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and persisting with compromised identities. 😱 This foothold enables lateral movement, accessing cloud resources to target gift card-related services for fraud. The group also gathers emails, contact lists, and network configurations, emphasising the need for robust credential hygiene.
☕ It’s no storm in a teacup ☕
Described as a financially motivated group active since 2021, Storm-0539 conducts extensive reconnaissance to craft convincing phishing lures. Microsoft highlights the threat's proficiency in cloud providers and post-compromise activities.
☂️ Weathering the Storms ☂️
This disclosure follows Microsoft's recent court-ordered seizure of a Vietnamese cybercriminal group, Storm-1152, which sold access to 750 million fraudulent Microsoft accounts. 🛑 Additionally, Microsoft warns of threat actors exploiting OAuth applications for financially motivated cyber crimes, including business email compromise, phishing, spamming, and illicit cryptocurrency mining.
Stay vigilant and secure during the festive season, folks! 🔐✨
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