state-sponsored attack

Pierluigi Paganini May 04, 2021
Project Signal: a second Iranian State-Sponsored Ransomware Operation

Iran-linked ATP group carried out a ransomware operation through a contracting company based in the country, Flashpoint researchers warn. Researchers from Flashpoint have uncovered a state-sponsored ransomware campaign conducted by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) through an Iranian contracting company called “Emen Net Pasargard” (ENP) (aka “Imannet Pasargad,” “Iliant Gostar Iranian,” “Eeleyanet Gostar Iraniyan”). […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 13, 2014
Hackers have stolen files on Ukraine crisis from Belgian Foreign Ministry

Unknown hackers have stolen files on the Ukraine crisis from the Belgian Foreign Ministry, causing the crackdown of targeted servers. A new cyber espionage campaign hit the Belgian foreign ministry, unknown hackers have stolen data related to the Ukraine crisis last week. The cyber attack has caused the crackdown of targeted servers which has left diplomats without […]

Pierluigi Paganini January 08, 2014
Windows Zero-Day vulnerability used in targeted attacks against 28 Embassies

TrendLab malware analysts confirmed that recent Windows Zero-Day vulnerability was exploited in cyber attack against Embassies in a Middle Eastern capital. At the end of the last year Microsoft revealed that a zero-day vulnerability was in use in targeted attacks against Windows XP and Server 2003 systems. The discovery of the flaw in Microsoft OSs was made […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 17, 2013
Belgacom hack, state-sponsored attack hypothesis

Belgacom hack, the telecommunications company found evidence of digital intrusion in the company systems, many experts believe in a state-sponsored attack. Belgacom hack, the largest telecommunications company in Belgium and primarily state-owned, has announced that its IT  infrastructure has suffered a cyber attack malware based. The attackers hacked company IT systems and infected with unknown Malware. According first […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 24, 2013
Anonymous and state-sponsored hackers threaten energy sector

The energy sector is threaten with increasing frequency by hacktivists, state-sponsored hackers and cybercriminals… The number of cyber attacks against energy sector is increased creating great concerns within the security community. Oil and gas firms are subject to continuous offensives moved by hacktivists and state-sponsored attacks, their activities are crucial for any country and due this reason are considered privileged targets. […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 15, 2013
Iranian Gmail accounts targeted by state-sponsored attack

Google revealed that tens of thousands of Gmail accounts belonging to Iranian users have been targeted by state-sponsored attacks. The Google company announced that tens of thousands of Gmail accounts of Iranian users have been targeted hacked. The attacks seem to be organized by a group of state sponsored hackers few days before presidential elections. The […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 16, 2012
Korean cyber espionage campaign against Russia

Cyber espionage is worldwide recognized one of the most concerning cyber threats mainly operated by governments to steal sensible information to foreign states and private companies. FireEye has revealed a cyber espionage campaign, named “Sanny“, attributable to Korea that hosts command-and-control (C&C) servers used in the attacks, the C&C channel is embedded on a legitimate page […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 06, 2012
Sophos Security Threat Report 2013, today … tomorrow

Sophos was one of the first security firms that has published a report, Sophos Security Threat Report 2013, on current status of security landscape making predictions for incoming year. The document propose an interesting overview on most common and dangerous cyber threats attempting to determine the level of penetration by different countries. The factors that […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 18, 2012
State-sponsored attack or not, that’s the question

The defense of cyberspace is becoming one the most concerning question to approach, governments all around the world are massively investing in cyber technology with the resultants that the number of cyber operations is increasing exponentially. William J. Lynn, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, states that: “as a doctrinal matter, the Pentagon has formally recognized cyberspace as a […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 22, 2012
A virus specialized for AutoCAD, a perfect cyber espionage tool

In recent years we are assisting to a profoundly change in the nature of malware, it is increased the development for spy purposes, for its spread in both private and government sectors. The recent case of Flame malware has demonstrated the efficiency of a malicious agent as a gathering tool in a typical context of […]