The Sysdig Threat Research Team (Sysdig TRT) recently uncovered an extensive and sophisticated active cryptomining operation in which a threat actor is using some of the largest cloud and continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) service providers; including GitHub, Heroku, Buddy.works, and others to build, run, scale, and operate their massive cloud operation. Because no one has yet reported on this activity and its techniques, we are going to refer to this cluster of activity as PURPLEURCHIN. The activity observed is known as “freejacking,” which is the abuse of compute allocated for free trial accounts on CI/CD platforms.
The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AIDC) had some solid names lending support to the launch of the institute’s new set of “cybersecurity governance principles” – a very hot topic in the wake of the Optus and Medibank Private hacks – including the federal minister in charge Clare O’Neil and Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre CEO Rachael Falk. So it’s less than ideal when an online conference on Monday to launch the principles was – get this – hacked, leaving the institute’s boss Mark Rigotti and LinkedIn, the platform hosting the event with a bit of a PR problem.
Cisco has warned of active exploitation attempts targeting a pair of two-year-old security flaws in the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client for Windows. Tracked as CVE-2020-3153 (CVSS score: 6.5) and CVE-2020-3433 (CVSS score: 7.8), the vulnerabilities could enable local authenticated attackers to perform DLL hijacking and copy arbitrary files to system directories with elevated privileges. While CVE-2020-3153 was addressed by Cisco in February 2020, a fix for CVE-2020-3433 was shipped in August 2020.
A group of anti-Iranian government hackers have allegedly targeted Iran Atomic Energy Organization’s subsidiary’s network and managed to access its email server. The hacking group identified as Black Reward has claimed responsibility for the attack on the Iranian nuclear agency’s subsidiary, the Atomic Energy Production and Development Company located in Bushehr. The group claims they launched this attack to demand the release of political prisoners arrested during the countrywide protests. On the other hand, the agency has acknowledged that its email server was targeted by hackers and blamed a foreign country for this attack but didn’t name the country.