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03/25/2020
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FireEye catches a Chinese espionage campaign exploiting recently disclosed vulnerabilities. The FSB arrests alleged hackers...in Russia. And a new way to educate your kids during the coronavirus pandemic. This is CyberScoop for Wednesday, March 25.

APT41 is on a roll

Earlier this year, state-backed Chinese hackers known as APT41 embarked on one of the most sweeping espionage campaigns FireEye has seen in years, according to research published Wednesday. The campaign targeted 75 organizations in nearly every economic sector: telecommunications, healthcare, government, defense, and petrochemical, with banking, education, manufacturing, and tech hardest hit. APT41 hacked victims by focusing on recently disclosed vulnerabilities, like the ones in Citrix’s Application Delivery Controller and Cisco’s routers, demonstrating how resourceful they are. Dive in with Shannon Vavra.


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The FSB filmed itself arresting alleged hackers inside Russia

Russia's FSB arrested 25 people for alleged involvement in a network of websites meant to facilitate identity theft. The accused scammers were allegedly running a dark web marketplace called BuyBest, or GoldenShop, and dozens of corresponding “mirror” websites, according to an alert from the threat intelligence firm Gemini Advisory, which was obtained by CyberScoop. Alexey Stroganov, an accused hacker who went by the name “Flint24,” was among those arrested, according to a court file posted on a Moscow city website. A video first published by Russia’s state-owned Zvezda appears to show FSB officers arresting a number of alleged conspirators. Jeff Stone has the story.


School's out, but The Cyber is in session

The Academy of Cybersecurity is a new, free online learning platform that teaches children about cybersecurity. The virtual “Cyber School,” slated to launch next Monday, aims to host daily 45-minute livestreams focused on topics including an introduction to coding and algorithms, online safety, ethical hacking and social engineering. Some of the lessons may also involve red teaming and blue teaming lab activities through EC-Council, an information security certification organization. The effort coincides with school closings throughout the world amid the coronavirus pandemic. Shannon has more details.


As if HHS didn't have enough to deal with...

By sending phishing messages that routed recipients from a Health and Human Services website to a malicious one, scammers tried compromising people with malware known for capturing credit card data and email credentials. The activity coincided with a surge in attention toward the department, as Americans seek guidance amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The malicious “redirect,” as the trick is called, appears to no longer work after a group of volunteer cybersecurity experts worked with HHS to address it. It is unclear how many devices, if any, were compromised as a result of the activity. The site is offline. Sean Lyngaas talked to the team.


New podcast: A year of Vault 7 drama in 25 minutes

Right before the world drastically changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the craziest story in cybersecurity was the Vault 7 trial. With that ending in a mistrial, Greg Otto and Jeff Stone look at how the government failed to get a conviction, what we learned about the CIA and when, if ever, we could see a new trial. Listen here.


Money laundering? In Latin America? Well, we've never...

Charity Wright, cyberthreat intelligence adviser for IntSights, talks with Greg Otto about the ways hackers are prospering in Latin America. Wright tells Otto about their use of laundering money through cryptocurrency and the various credit card fraud networks that are prevalent throughout the region. "This marriage between the organized crime groups and the hacker community is really what we're trying to bring to the forefront," Wright says of IntSight's report on Latin America. Watch here.


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