Pierluigi Paganini November 18, 2023
Russian APT Gamaredon uses USB worm LitterDrifter against Ukraine

Russia-linked cyberespionage group Gamaredon has been spotted propagating a worm called LitterDrifter via USB. Check Point researchers observed Russia-linked Gamaredon spreading the worm called LitterDrifter via USB in attacks against Ukraine. Gamaredon (aka Shuckworm, Actinium, Armageddon, Primitive Bear, UAC-0010, and Trident Ursa) has been active since 2014 and its activity focuses on Ukraine, the group was observed using the multistage backdoor Pteranodon/Pterodo. The Gamaredon APT group continues to carry out […]

Pierluigi Paganini March 31, 2018
Fauxpersky Keylogger masqueraded as Kaspersky Antivirus and spreads via USB drives

  Security researchers at Cybereason recently discovered a credential-stealing malware dubbed Fauxpersky, that is masquerading as Kaspersky Antivirus and spreading via infected USB drives. Fauxpersky was written in AutoIT or AutoHotKey, which respectively are a freeware BASIC-like scripting language designed for automating the Windows GUI and general scripting and a free keyboard macro program to send keystrokes to […]

Pierluigi Paganini November 16, 2016
PoisonTap hacking tool can compromise any password-protected PC

Samy Kamkar has created a new hacking tool, dubbed PoisonTap, to easily hack into a password-protected computer. PoisonTap is a new hacking tool that could be used by attackers to easily access to a password-protected computer, hijack all its Internet traffic, and also install backdoors. Try to imagine who is the hacker behind this new tool? […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 09, 2016
Now you can buy USB Kill that could fry your PC via USB

The manufacturer has commercialized USB Kill 2.0, a USB dongle that is able to fry any computer through the USB ports. The Hong Kong-based technology manufacturer has created a USB dongle that is able to fry any computer into which it’s plugged by using an electrical discharge. The attack is simple, the USBKill use […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 07, 2016
How to sniff credentials from locked laptops via Ethernet adapter on USB

The security expert and blogger Rob Fuller demonstrated how sniff credentials from a laptop via Ethernet adapter on USB, even if the PC is locked. The security expert and blogger Rob Fuller demonstrated how to exploit a USB SoC-based device to sniff credentials from a locked laptop. The expert has modified the device in a […]

Pierluigi Paganini March 29, 2016
USB Thief, the new USB-based data stealing Trojan

USB Thief, the new USB-based data-stealing Trojan discovered by ESET that relies on USB devices in order to spread itself and infect also air-gapped systems Security researchers at ESET have discovered a new insidious data-stealer, dubbed USB Thief (Win32/PSW.Stealer.NAI), that relies on USB devices in order to spread itself. USB Thief is able to infect […]

Pierluigi Paganini August 12, 2015
Attackers exploit a Windows flaw using a booby-trapped USB

Microsoft announced in the Tuesday’s bulletin that crooks have been exploiting a vulnerability that allows to execute malicious code using booby-trapped USB Microsoft announced in the last Tuesday’s bulletin that crooks have been exploiting a vulnerability that allows to execute malicious code using booby-trapped USB. The vulnerability affects all supported versions of Windows OS as […]

Pierluigi Paganini January 21, 2015
TURNIPSCHOOL – DIY NSA spying technology from the NSA Tao catalog

Researchers have presented the TURNIPSCHOOL project and other activities that replicate NSA surveillance implants with cheaper and off the shelf components. In December 2013, the popular cyber security expert Jacob Appelbaum, with the support of Der Spiegel news agency, disclosed the NSA’s catalog of surveillance. “Germany’s Der Spiegel has published another disturbing article on the NSA surveillance activities, the […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 20, 2014
USBdriveby, how to compromise a PC with a $20 microcontroller

USBdriveby is a device designed to quickly and covertly install a backdoor and override DNS settings on an unlocked machine via USB. The security experts Samy Kamkar (@SamyKamkar) has proposed a very interesting way to compromise an unlocked computer and deploy a backdoor on it simply by using a pre-programmed Teensy microcontroller. The cheap ($20) […]

Pierluigi Paganini August 01, 2014
Hackers can exploit USB devices to trigger undetectable attacks

A popular security researcher revealed that bad actors can tap into USB Devices to conduct attacks non detectable with known security defenses. Security experts demonstrated that USB devices can be used to compromise personal computers in a potential new type of attacks that evade all actual security protections. Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin’s SR Labs, discovered that […]