Vulnerabilities / Threats
1/22/2014
01:50 PM
50%
50%

Politically Motivated Cyberattackers Adopt New Tactics

Organized cybergroups from China, Syria, and Russia are finding new ways to breach enterprises, CrowdStrike reports.

Organized and politically motivated cyberattackers are changing their methods, finding new, less direct methods of launching targeted attacks on enterprises and government agencies, according to a report issued Tuesday.

The report by threat intelligence company CrowdStrike offers a detailed look at the motivations, methods, and practices of five organized cyberattack groups -- including the Syrian Electronic Army as well as groups in China, Iran, and Russia -- during 2013.

The methods of these politically motivated groups are changing, according to the report. While targeted attacks historically have begun with phishing attacks directly on members of the targeted organization, more sophisticated groups are using more indirect methods -- attacking third parties and collecting information from targeted users by infecting their favorite websites.

Read the rest of this story on Dark Reading.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Threaded  |  Newest First  |  Oldest First
WKash
50%
50%
WKash,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/23/2014 | 5:00:07 PM
Event Planners Beware
Interesting finding here: Organized cybergroups  are now using strategic Web compromises (SWC), -- sometimes called "watering holes" -- which are legitimate websites that have been infected by an attacker in order to steal the personal data of those who frequent the site. For example, an attacker looking to collect data on political officials might infect the site of a conference or event that is attended by those officials.
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2015-1516
Published: 2015-09-03
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite before 1.7.0 allows remote authenticated users to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2015-4077
Published: 2015-09-03
The (1) mdare64_48.sys, (2) mdare32_48.sys, (3) mdare32_52.sys, and (4) mdare64_52.sys drivers in Fortinet FortiClient before 5.2.4 allows local users to read arbitrary kernel memory via a 0x22608C ioctl call.

CVE-2015-4552
Published: 2015-09-03
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the quick edit function in xmlhttp.php in MyBB (aka MyBulletinBoard) before 1.8.5 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the content of a post.

CVE-2015-5189
Published: 2015-09-03
Race condition in pcsd in PCS 0.9.139 and earlier uses a global variable to validate usernames, which allows remote authenticated users to gain privileges by sending a command that is checked for security after another user is authenticated.

CVE-2015-5190
Published: 2015-09-03
The pcsd web UI in PCS 0.9.139 and earlier allows remote authenticated users to execute arbitrary commands via "escape characters" in a URL.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Another Black Hat is in the books and Dark Reading was there. Join the editors as they share their top stories, biggest lessons, and best conversations from the premier security conference.