Iran’s Lyceum threat group active against telcos, ISPs. Clopp hits unpatched SolarWinds instances. Mercenaries. Patch Tuesday.

Attacks, Threats, and Vulnerabilities

Iranian cyber group targets Israel, Saudis, Africans – report ( The Jerusalem Post | ) An Iranian hacker group called Lyceum has targeted Israel, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Tunisia and others.

Exclusive: A Cyber Mercenary Is Hacking The Google And Telegram Accounts Of Presidential Candidates, Journalists And Doctors (Forbes) An unprecedented peek inside an underground hacker-for-hire operation reveals 3,500 targets, including Belarusian presidential candidates, Uzbek human rights activists and a cryptocurrency exchange.

Clop gang exploiting SolarWinds Serv-U flaw in ransomware attacks (BleepingComputer) The Clop ransomware gang, also tracked as TA505 and FIN11, is exploiting a SolarWinds Serv-U vulnerability to breach corporate networks and ultimately encrypt its devices.

TA505 exploits SolarWinds Serv-U vulnerability (CVE-2021-35211) for initial access (NCC Group Research) NCC Group’s global Cyber Incident Response Team has observed an increase in Clop ransomware victims in the past weeks. The surge can be traced back to a vulnerability in SolarWinds Serv-U that is being abused by the TA505 threat actor. TA505 is a known cybercrime threat actor, who is known for extortion attacks using the Clop ransomware. We believe exploiting such vulnerabilities is a recent initial access technique for TA505, deviating from the actor’s usual phishing-based approach.

Russian Cybercrime Group Exploits SolarWinds Serv-U Vulnerability (SecurityWeek) The Russia-linked ‘Evil Corp’ cybercrime group has been exploiting a vulnerability in SolarWinds Serv-U for initial infection.

Vulnerable smart contracts and fake blockchains: What do investors need to know? (Digital Shadows) Well, here we are again. Another blog on a topic that’s often spoken about but little understood: cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency-related decentralized finance (DeFi) is seeing unprecedented interest from retail and institutional investors alike.

FBI: Scams Involving Cryptocurrency ATMs and QR Codes on the Rise (SecurityWeek) The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) this week issued an alert on fraud schemes that direct victims to use cryptocurrency ATMs and Quick Response (QR) codes to…