Pakistani Hacking Team ‘Celestial Force’ Spies on Indian Gov’t, Defense

June 13, 2024 at 06:08AM A new report from Cisco Talos details a group called “Cosmic Leopard,” operating as “Operation Celestial Force,” which has been conducting cyber espionage against Indian government and defense entities for at least six years. The group’s tactics include using malware like GravityRAT and HeavyLift to target individuals and organizations. Preventative … Read more

Physical security biz exposes 1.2M files via unprotected database

May 7, 2024 at 06:35AM UK-based physical security business Amberstone Security exposed nearly 1.3 million documents, including pictures of guards and suspected offenders, through a misconfigured public database. The exposed data raised concerns about personal privacy, public safety, and the integrity of security operations. After notification, Amberstone revoked public access to the database and initiated … Read more

Judge orders NSO to cough up Pegasus super-spyware source code

March 1, 2024 at 04:43PM Israel-based NSO Group has been ordered by a California federal judge to share the source code for its Pegasus spyware with Meta’s WhatsApp due to a 2019 lawsuit for alleged spying on 1,400 users. The ruling covers the period from April 2018 to May 2020 and represents a legal setback … Read more

Islamic Nonprofit Infiltrated for 3 Years With Silent Backdoor

February 13, 2024 at 10:23AM Researchers found that a Saudi Arabia charity was being monitored using a modified reverse proxy tool. It seems that the meeting notes mention that a charity in Saudi Arabia was under surveillance using a modified reverse proxy tool. Full Article

UK biometrics boss bows out, bemoaning bureaucratic blunders

January 30, 2024 at 04:34AM The farewell report by the UK’s biometrics and surveillance commissioner, Dr. Fraser Sampson, criticizes the Home Office’s management of technology. He expressed frustration over lack of support and the impending abolition of the commissioner’s role. Concerns were raised about the future oversight and governance of biometrics and surveillance technology, including … Read more

EFF adds Street Surveillance Hub so Americans can check who’s checking on them

January 22, 2024 at 11:40AM The Street Surveillance Hub by the Electronic Frontier Foundation exposes the extensive surveillance systems in the US, providing detailed breakdowns and a news feed. Efforts like the Atlas of Surveillance and advocacy aim to shed light on privacy infringements. With police and technology companies expanding surveillance, local and state legislation … Read more

SEC Twitter hijacked to push fake news of ETF approval

January 9, 2024 at 04:53PM The SEC’s Twitter account was hijacked to falsely announce approval of Bitcoin ETFs, causing a surge and subsequent drop in cryptocurrency prices. The misleading tweet was deleted, and SEC chairman Gary Gensler confirmed it as false. Bitcoin initially spiked to $47,900 but is now at $46,247. Developments ongoing. The SEC’s … Read more

Turkish Cyberspies Targeting Netherlands

January 8, 2024 at 09:54AM A cyberespionage group, likely linked to Turkey, named Sea Turtle, Cosmic Wolf, Marbled Dust, Silicon, and Teal Kurma, has been targeting public and private organizations in the Netherlands. The group, observed by Dutch incident response provider Hunt & Hackett, conducted multiple espionage campaigns focusing on government, telecommunications, media, NGOs, ISPs, … Read more

Russia Hacked Residential Cameras in Ukraine to Spy on Air Defense, Critical Infrastructure

January 5, 2024 at 06:30AM Ukraine’s Security Service took down two hacked residential surveillance cameras used by Russian threat actors to spy on Kyiv’s air defense and infrastructure. The hacked webcams were leveraged by Russia to aid its missile attack on Kyiv. This incident underscores the importance of maintaining cybersecurity for IoT devices, as they … Read more

Indian Hack-for-Hire Group Targeted U.S., China, and More for Over 10 Years

November 20, 2023 at 02:00AM Appin Software Security, an Indian hack-for-hire group, has been conducting espionage, surveillance, and disruptive operations targeting various countries for over a decade. The group, initially an educational startup, has been involved in covert hacking operations since at least 2009. They have targeted high-value individuals, governmental organizations, and businesses involved in … Read more