state-sponsored hacker

Pierluigi Paganini April 07, 2023
Microsoft aims at stopping cybercriminals from using cracked copies of Cobalt Strike

Microsoft announced it has taken legal action to disrupt the illegal use of copies of the post-exploitation tool Cobalt Strike by cybercriminals. Cobalt Strike is a paid penetration testing product that allows an attacker to deploy an agent named ‘Beacon’ on the victim machine. The Beacon includes a wealth of functionality for the attacker, including, but […]

Pierluigi Paganini April 27, 2017
The Israeli Government announces it thwarted a major cyberattack

The Israeli Government announces it thwarted a major cyberattack against 120 targets just days after harsh criticism of new cyber defense bill. According to, Israeli Government revealed it repelled a major cyberattack aimed at 120 targets. The unusual announcement was made by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a very unusual announcement on Wednesday. Israel […]

Pierluigi Paganini November 26, 2015
Facebook first discovered spear phishing attacks of Iranian hackers on State Department employees

Facebook was the first company to notice the intrusion of Iranian Hackers in the e-mail accounts of US State Department officials focused on Iran. The attacks appear politically motivated and aimed to gather data about US-Iranian dual citizens in Iran. Earlier this month, the computers at the US State Department and other government employees were targeted by hackers. […]

Pierluigi Paganini October 19, 2015
Facebook. Beware state-sponsored hackers are trying to hack you!

Good news, starting today, Facebook will notify you if they believe state-sponsored hackers are trying to compromise your account. Facebook announced a new initiative to protect its users from prying eyes, the popular social network will inform them on any suspected compromise from state-sponsored hackers. “Starting today, we will notify you if we believe your account […]

Pierluigi Paganini May 25, 2015
Who and why is attacking companies in the Nordic Countries?

Security experts at FireEye have published a report that details the cyber threats targeting various sectors in the Nordic countries. According to FireEye, threat actors targeted strategic industries (i.e. aerospace and defense, energy, health and pharmaceuticals, and shipping), government and defense agencies searching for political, economic and military intelligence. Experts believe sophisticated threat groups could be […]

Pierluigi Paganini January 08, 2015
Sony Pictures GOP hackers ‘got sloppy’ … or not?

The director of the FBI has provided further details of the cyber attack on Sony Pictures, which claim that North Korea was responsible. The unique certainty on the cyber attack on the Sony Pictures is the name of the hacking team that has managed the offensive, the Guardians of Peace (GOP). The FBI linked the GoP […]