Pierluigi Paganini September 01, 2023
UNRAVELING EternalBlue: inside the WannaCry’s enabler

WannaCry and NotPetya, probably two most damaging cyberattacks in recent history, were both only made possible because of EternalBlue. Here is how the NSA-developed cyber monster works, and how you should defend against it. What is the EternalBlue vulnerability? EternalBlue is a Windows exploit created by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and used in […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 01, 2018
ETERNALSILENCE – 270K+ devices vulnerable to UPnProxy Botnet build using NSA hacking tools

Over 270,000 connected devices run vulnerable implementations of UPnP, threat actors are attempting to recruit them in a multi-purpose botnet. In April, Akamai reported that threat actors compromised 65,000 home routers by exploiting vulnerabilities in Universal Plug’N’Play (UPnP), experts tracked the botnet as UPnProxy.  Now the company provided an update to its initial analysis revealing […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 18, 2018
Cracked Windows installations are serially infected with EternalBlue exploit code

According to Avira, hundreds of thousands of unpatched Windows systems are serially infected with EternalBlue exploit code. The EternalBlue, is the alleged NSA exploit that made the headlines with DOUBLEPULSAR in the WannaCry attack. The malicious code was leaked online by the Shadow Brokers hacking group that stole it from the arsenal of the NSA-linked Equation Group. ETERNALBLUE targets the Server […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 12, 2018
Wannacry outbreak anniversary: the EternalBlue exploit even more popular now

WannaCry ransomware outbreak anniversary – According to researchers from ESET, the popularity of EternalBlue increase significantly over the past months. Exactly one year ago, on May 12, the WannaCry ransomware infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. The success of the malware was the use of the EternalBlue exploit that was stolen by Shadow Brokers […]

Pierluigi Paganini February 01, 2018
Mining Smominru botnet used NSA exploit to infect more than 526,000 systems

Researchers from Proofpoint discovered a huge botnet dubbed ‘Smominru’ that is using the EternalBlue exploit to infect Windows computers and recruit them in Monero cryptocurrency mining activities. The number of cyber attacks against the cryptocurrency sector continues, vxers are focusing their efforts on the development of cryptocurrency/miner malware. Recently security experts observed cryptocurrency miners leveraging the NSA EternalBlue SMB exploit […]

Pierluigi Paganini August 22, 2017
Fileless cryptocurrency miner CoinMiner uses NSA EternalBlue exploit to spread

A new fileless miner dubbed CoinMiner appeared in the wild, it uses NSA EternalBlue exploit and WMI tool to spread. A new strain of Cryptocurrency Miner dubbed CoinMiner appeared in the wild and according to the experts it is hard to detect and infects Windows PCs via EternalBlue NSA exploit. CoinMiner is a fileless malware that leverages the WMI […]

Pierluigi Paganini August 11, 2017
APT28 hackers are leveraging NSA Hacking tool to spy on Hotels guests

According to FireEye, the notorious Russia-linked APT28 group is behind an ongoing campaign targeting hotels in several European countries. According to FireEye, the notorious Russia-linked APT28 group (Pawn Storm, Fancy Bear, Sofacy, Sednit and Strontium) is behind an ongoing campaign targeting hotels in several European countries. The researchers observed many attacks targeting the networks of hotels […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 31, 2017
Microsoft won’t patch the 20-year-old SMBv1 SMBloris flaw disclosed at DEF CON conference

Microsoft has announced that the SMBv1 SMBloris bug described at DEF CON won’t be patched because it could be fixed simply blocking incoming connections. Recently security researchers at RiskSense have identified a 20-year-old Windows SMB vulnerability they called SMBloris (a nod to the Slowloris DoS attack.), they presented their findings at the recent DEF CON hacker […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 27, 2017
DEF CON Talk Will Expose The Latest SMB Vulnerability SMBLoris

Security researchers at RiskSense have identified a 20-year-old Windows SMB vulnerability they are calling SMBloris, a DEF CON Talk Will Expose it. Server Message Block (SMB) has been a foundational piece of Microsoft Windows’ networking all the way back to the LAN Manager days, facilitating “shared access to files, printers and serial ports.” It is […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 13, 2017
Eternal Blues scanner allowed to find 50,000 EternalBlue-vulnerable host

The Eternal Blues scanner allowed administrators worldwide to discover more than 50,000 computers vulnerable to the NSA-linked EternalBlue exploit. Recently the security researcher Elad Erez developed Eternal Blues, a free EternalBlue vulnerability scanner that could be used by administrators to assess networks. Now Elad Erez published data collected by the Eternal Blues over the two weeks, the […]