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03/31/2021
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The U.S. government is releasing SolarWinds hacking info. Hackers are playing off gamers' use of cheat codes. And Iranian phishers are pretending to be a famous Israeli physicist. This is CyberScoop for March 31, 2021.

US officials to publish more SolarWinds details

The U.S. government has been careful about what it says publicly about the suspected Russian hacking campaign that exploits SolarWinds. But now, U..S. officials are ready to publish one of their most detailed analyses of the campaign’s hacking tools yet. A report on 18 pieces of malicious code involved in the operation is slated for publication Wednesday. It’s an attempt to prevent further damage from a historic spying operation. Sean Lyngaas has the scoop.


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Malware in gamer cheats

Gamers have long used cheat codes to enhance their performance in video games. But buyer beware — hackers have recently been lacing malware in video game cheat codes that could allow attackers to hack victims’ microphones or web cameras, according to research Cisco Talos published Wednesday. The campaign features XtremeRAT malware hidden in seemingly legitimate files that users can download to run game patches, tweaks or modding tools. Shannon Vavra has more.


Suspected Iranian hackers pose as famous Israeli scientist

Prominent scientists have sometimes been caught up in the cloak-and-dagger rivalry between Israel and Iran. The latest example is in the cyber realm. Suspected Iranian spies pretended to be Israeli physicist Daniel Zajfman in a phishing operation against two-dozen medical researchers in the U.S. and Israel, Proofpoint said Wednesday. More than a decade after Stuxnet, hacking is still central to Iran-Israel spy games. Sean has more.


FS-ISAC forecasts 2021 risks

The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center cautioned that the convergence of nation-state and criminal hackers will be a growing threat for the banking industry this year. Also on the FS-ISAC 2021 danger list: supply chain and cross-border attacks. Ransomware and other kinds of extortion attacks were among the bigger risks to the financial services sector last year, and the group expects ransomware hackers to expand their usage of leaking partial data to incentivize higher victims payments. Tim Starks has the rundown.


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