state-sponsored hacking

Pierluigi Paganini February 12, 2023
Russian Government evaluates the immunity to hackers acting in the interests of Russia

The Russian Government proposed to give a sort of immunity to the hackers that operate in the interests of Moscow. Russian media reported that Alexander Khinshtein, the head of the Duma committee on information policy, announced that the Russian government is evaluating to avoid punishing hackers acting in the interests of Moscow. “The question of […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 28, 2022
Zurich chief warned that cyber attacks will become uninsurable

The chief executive of insurance giant Zurich warns that cyber attacks, rather than natural catastrophes, will become uninsurable. Mario Greco, chief executive of insurer giant Zurich, has warned that cyber attacks will become soon “uninsurable.” The attacks are becoming even more frequent and the damage they are causing continues to grow. “What will become uninsurable […]

Pierluigi Paganini October 23, 2022
Hackers stole sensitive data from Iran’s atomic energy agency

Iran’s atomic energy agency claims that alleged state-sponsored hackers have compromised its email system. Iran’s atomic energy agency revealed on Sunday that a nation-state actor had access to a subsidiary’s network and free access to its email system, the Associated Press reports. The Iranian government has yet to attribute the attack to a specific The […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 09, 2022
Apple Lockdown Mode will protect users against highly targeted cyberattacks

Apple plans to introduce a security feature, called Lockdown Mode, to protect its users against “highly targeted cyberattacks.” The recent wave of sophisticated attacks against Apple users (i.e. Pegasus, DevilsTongue, and Hermit) urged the tech giant to develop a new security feature, called Lockdown Mode, to protect its users against highly targeted cyberattacks. The new feature will be implemented in iOS 16, iPadOS […]

Pierluigi Paganini March 06, 2022
Charities and NGOs providing support in Ukraine hit by malware

Malware based attacks are targeting charities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing support in Ukraine Charities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that in these weeks are providing support in Ukraine are targeted by malware attacks aiming to disrupt their operations. The news was reported by Amazon that associates the attacks with state-sponsored hackers and confirmed that it […]

Pierluigi Paganini February 16, 2022
Russia-linked threat actors breached US cleared defense contractors (CDCs)

Russia-linked threat actors have breached the network of U.S. cleared defense contractors (CDCs) since at least January 2020. According to a joint alert published by the FBI, NSA, and CISA, Russia-linked threat actors conducted a cyber espionage campaign aimed at US cleared defense contractors to steal sensitive info related to intelligence programs and capabilities. CDCs […]

Pierluigi Paganini February 10, 2022
Spyware, ransomware and Nation-state hacking: Q&A from a recent interview

I transcribed a recent interview, here some questions and answers about nation-state hacking, spyware, and cyber warfare. Enjoy” How has spyware changed the rules of cyber security in recent years? What will cyber security look like now that those tools are all over the internet? In the last decade, we have observed a progressive weaponization […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 07, 2021
Microsoft seized 42 domains used by the China-linked APT15 cyberespionage group

Microsoft seized dozens of malicious domains used by the China-linked APT15 group to target organizations worldwide. Microsoft announced to have obtained a court warrant that allowed it to seize 42 domains used by a China-linked APT15 group (aka Nickel, Ke3chang, Mirage, Vixen Panda, Royal APT and Playful Dragon) in recent operations that targeted organizations in the US and 28 other countries. […]

Pierluigi Paganini October 14, 2021
Google sent over 50,000 warnings of state-sponsored attacks, +33% from same period in 2020

Google revealed to have sent roughly 50,000 alerts of state-sponsored phishing or hacking attempts to customers since January. Google announced to have sent roughly 50,000 alerts of state-sponsored phishing or hacking attempts to customers during 2021. The data were provided by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG), which tracks government-backed hacking campaign, which warns of a […]

Pierluigi Paganini July 19, 2021
US DoJ indicts four members of China-linked APT40 cyberespionage group

US DoJ indicted four members of the China-linked cyberespionage group known as APT40 for hacking various entities between 2011 and 2018. The U.S. Justice Department (DoJ) indicted four members of the China-linked cyber espionage group APT40 (aka TEMP.Periscope, TEMP.Jumper, and Leviathan) for hacking tens of government organizations, private businesses and universities around the world between 2011 and 2018. […]