Tag Archives: Cyber Security

AiR-ViBeR: the hack that exploits PC fans

AiR-ViBeR: the hack that exploits PC fans

Cyber ​​risks, as we know, have always been around the corner. They are insidious and can even silently affect the data of companies and individuals quite easily, if not adequately protected. Some threats are “louder” than others: Mordechai Guri, an Israeli researcher at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, managed to steal data from a PC, not connected to any network connection, by exploiting the vibration of the fans. The hack is called AiR-ViBeR and in order to work it needs to gain access to a PC and a second device that is in close proximity, such as a smartphone. But how does it work? The intrusion method is very […]

SolarWinds Attack: Italy activates the Cyber ​​Security Nucleus

SolarWinds Attack: Italy activates the Cyber ​​Security Nucleus

Following a tampering with a number of SolarWinds Orion platform updates in March, hackers have infiltrated the networks and computer systems of government and private entities around the world by spying on their moves and, in some cases, stealing highly sensitive data assets. The attack has also affected our country, unfortunately. From the early stages of the discovery, Italy activated the Cyber ​​Security Nucleus, the collegiate body entrusted with the task of managing cyber incidents that could have a potential impact on national security. The Cyber Security Nucleus What is this? According to the current legislation that regulates the activities of the Information Security Department (DIS) of the Presidency of […]

COVID-19 vaccine: beware of phishing

COVID-19 vaccine: beware of phishing

Have you received a strange e-mail about COVID-19, offering you various solutions to buy an under-the-counter vaccine currently in distribution? Think twice before clicking on any link. In addition to trying to sell fake Covid-19 drugs and vaccines, hackers are using the latest news as bait for their phishing campaigns. Threat intelligence analysts have warned that cybercriminals are taking advantage of developments on the COVID vaccine distribution campaign to give rise to insidious malspam campaigns. The threats What threats are we talking about? These phishing campaigns contain a myriad of malicious files. We have singled out: .EXE with the name “Download_Covid 19 New approved vaccines.23.07.2020.exe” which, once clicked, will install […]

Spyware – an almost invisible threat

Spyware – an almost invisible threat

Is your PC or mobile phone not as fast as it used to be? Has your battery started lasting less and less, despite its limited state of deterioration? Have you found that you use more data when surfing the net? If so, you may have been infected with spyware, a rather sneaky malware that lurks in about 90% of PCs without the legitimate users knowing. Spyware: what is it? Spyware is malicious software that infects your computer and spies on you for your personal data. This program can record various personal information, from search and browsing histories to login credentials to credit card information. There are different types of spyware, […]

Business data loss: a nightmare for companies

Business data loss: a nightmare for companies

Business data loss can be detrimental for businesses. Organizations – from small to medium-large – depend on technology when it comes to managing business operations and data storage. Unfortunately, technology is a double-edged sword. If digitization helps business management, a hacker attack can cause a loss of crucial data and information. Heavy financial losses and delays in operations are around the corner. We have covered these issues in our blog about the Campari case. A few numbers How real are these risks? It is estimated that 75% of SMBs have no data recovery plans in the event of a hostile event against their IT infrastructure such as ransomware, for example. […]

When a false flag doesn’t work: Exploring the digital-crime underground at campaign preparation stage

When a false flag doesn’t work: Exploring the digital-crime underground at campaign preparation stage

At the beginning of October 2020 we found copy of a malicious document potentially to be attributed to an APT group known with the name of APT34 / OilRig. The attribution, based on several elements found within the malicious document, was firstly reported by a security researcher through a social network. According the extracted evidences, the author “signed” this malicious document leaving his/her username within the document metadata. This nickname was already widely known within the Cyber Threat Intelligence field because attributed to a member of the already mentioned threat group. Indeed this nickname is Iamfarhadzadeh, linked to Mohammad Farhadzadeh, believed to be a member of the hacking unit identified […]

Cyber threats linked to COVID

Cyber threats linked to COVID

Has the Coronavirus had negative effects on the state of global cybersecurity? Unfortunately, yes. In the past few hours, there has been a series of cyber-attacks against the Italian pharmaceutical company IRBM, which produces the vaccine researched at the University of Oxford. In total, there were at least seven attacks, defined as “very violent” by the CEO Pietro di Lorenzo. The timing suggests a ‘political’ motive to undermine the position of a vaccine that is cheap and easy to transport: the attacks took place hours after the statement that made public the vaccine’s selling price. A worrying trend But it was not an isolated case. In recent days, we have […]

How the Italian Army defends itself from cyber threats: the RSC

How the Italian Army defends itself from cyber threats: the RSC

The Italian Army has recently made the Cyber ​​Security Department (RSC) operational, after establishing it around two years ago. As threats to cyber space increase exponentially, it is absolutely vital in this day and age to have a unit completely dedicated to the control and protection of all military networks and assistance in the various operational theaters at home and abroad. The Department will have mainly defensive tasks, aimed at intercepting cyber-attack attempts and securing all military devices and equipment connected to the network. Cyberwarfare is a pervasive reality within the international playing field and can have serious operational repercussions. A cyberattack directed at army communications systems can have dire […]

Augmented and Virtual Reality: what are the privacy risks?

Augmented and Virtual Reality: what are the privacy risks?

Last month, Nintendo released a new video game in the popular Super Mario Kart saga. The game is part of a new category of Toys-to-life, a video game genre that uses augmented reality to build a kart circuit directly at home. This, however, could be the start of a new privacy problem. In practice, the video camera of the game captures the reality that surrounds the player, so as to create a parallel world within the console with which it is connected. But how does it work? The miracle is allowed thanks to Augmented Reality (AR), a technology that allows us to add information and virtual objects to what surrounds […]

The double extortion technique: the Campari case

The double extortion technique: the Campari case

In recent weeks the Campari group has suffered a serious ransomware attack of the so-called “double extortion” technique. The damage would amount to two terabytes of stolen data, with attached the threat to publish it if the company does not pay $15 million. The attack and the reaction of the company The ransom was carried out by the Ragnar Locker criminal group that, using the same technique, struck Capcom about a month ago, threatening the publication or auctioning of data. The nature of the information stolen from Campari remains confidential, even if the well-known Italian company has admitted the possibility of a loss – not quantified – of personal data […]

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