Incidents

Checking your credit card

This week I received a letter from American Express which stated that my credit card had been temporarily blocked because of potential fraudulent activity. It also said that I needed to call a number to confirm the recent transactions and get the card unlocked.

That seems like a very reasonable thing to do. However the number they asked me to call was not listed on the American Express web site. Though the letter seemed legit I did the only right thing – call their regular number and work things out from there. While digital phishing is the current hot thing to do there are still criminals forging good old snail mail letters to trick users.

It turned out that the number listed was a direct number to their fraud department which isn’t listed on the site. I’ve requested American Express to change their practices.

Checking your credit card

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Reports

APT trends report Q2 2021

This is our latest summary of advanced persistent threat (APT) activity, focusing on significant events that we observed during Q2 2021: attacks against Microsoft Exchange servers, APT29 and APT31 activities, targeting campaigns, etc.

LuminousMoth APT: Sweeping attacks for the chosen few

We recently came across unusual APT activity that was detected in high volumes, albeit most likely aimed at a few targets of interest. Further analysis revealed that the actor, which we dubbed LuminousMoth, shows an affinity to the HoneyMyte group, otherwise known as Mustang Panda.

WildPressure targets the macOS platform

We found new malware samples used in WildPressure campaigns: newer version of the C++ Milum Trojan, a corresponding VBScript variant with the same version number, and a Python script working on both Windows and macOS.

Ferocious Kitten: 6 years of covert surveillance in Iran

Ferocious Kitten is an APT group that has been targeting Persian-speaking individuals in Iran. Some of the TTPs used by this threat actor are reminiscent of other groups, such as Domestic Kitten and Rampant Kitten. In this report we aim to provide more details on these findings.

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