CyberSecurity Knugget – 29 Aug 2023

Good evening, this is your cybersecurity expert bringing you the latest news in the world of cybersecurity. Today, we have some important updates that require immediate attention.

Firstly, Mastodon, the popular social media platform, has introduced a new search feature that allows users to search for specific content. However, users need to change their profile settings to make their posts searchable. This feature has been highly requested by users.

In government and politics, US CyberCom has successfully conducted a hunt forward mission in Lithuania, where they searched for malware on national defense systems and Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ networks. This mission lasted for three months and aimed to enhance cybersecurity in the country.

Moving on, there is a concerning report about a Russian NGO called Creative Diplomacy, which is controlled by the FSB. This organization recruits and trains Western social media influencers and academics to spread Russian propaganda in their respective countries. This raises serious concerns about disinformation campaigns and the influence of foreign actors.

In terms of cybercrime, Indian authorities have dismantled a call center in Noida that was conducting Social Security scams targeting American citizens. The call center used leaked data to pose as the US Social Security Administration and demand money from victims. This highlights the ongoing threat of scams and the need for vigilance.

Lastly, there have been reports of new malware and cyber-espionage activities. Thirty-nine malicious npm packages were discovered recently, and South Korean security firm AhnLab has observed an increase in proxyware malware targeting MS-SQL database servers. Additionally, Chinese state-sponsored hacking groups APT37 and Flax Typhoon have been conducting cyber-espionage activities, posing a significant threat to organizations.

These are the key highlights from today’s cybersecurity news. Stay informed and stay safe in the digital world.

Stay Well!