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The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab this morning released a report on a hacker-for-hire operation, "Dark Basin," which targeted "advocacy groups and journalists, elected and senior government officials, hedge funds, and multiple industries." Dark Basin is said to have been especially interested in US not-for-profits, notably climate change and net neutrality advocates. Citizen Lab says Dark Basin is run by Delhi-based IT and cybersecurity firm BellTroX. The New York Times says US Federal prosecutors are investigating.
Production at Honda plants in Europe, North America, and Japan has been affected by what the company calls a computer "disruption," NBC News and others report. The company is remaining relatively tight-lipped, but BleepingComputer says outside observers think they see signs that the incident was a ransomware attack with a variant of Snake (Ekans).
Here's the latest in a series of fitful attempts at cooperation among criminals, as described this morning by researchers at Digital Shadows. It's a DDoS protection tool, “EndGame” (no connection to the similarly named security company acquired last October by Elastic NV). Denial-of-service attacks have long been a drag on criminal operations, whether these are mounted by underworld competitors or law enforcement agencies. EndGame is a product of collaboration among players in the criminal souks Dread, White House Market, Big Blue Market, and Empire Market. Despite the ransomware cartelization BleepingComputer observes, Trend Micro reports that the underworld remains a low-trust community.
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This week's question: which early superhero movie depicted the hacking technique called “salami slicing,” where the hacker sliced off pieces of every penny transferred in a banking transaction, and what famous comedian played the hacker? Send your answers to email@example.com for chances to win stickers and other swell CyberWire stuff.
And last week's trivia question, in case you missed it, was, "What two Matthew Broderick movies presented the exact same social engineering hack to change his character’s grades?" The answer, of course, is WarGames (1983) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).
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In today's CyberWire Daily Podcast, out later this afternoon, we speak with our partners at the University of Maryland's Center for Health and Homeland Security, as Ben Yelin offers some clarification on Twitter’s rights in flagging or removing the U.S. President’s tweets Our guest is Jeremy Oddo from The Third Floor, discussing cybersecurity in Hollywood during COVID-19.
Recorded Future's Threat Intelligence podcast, produced in partnership with the CyberWire, is also up. In this week's episode, "Broadening Your View With Security Intelligence," Alex Noga, solutions engineering manager at Recorded Future, shares his insights on enhancing organizations’ ability to make the most of the information they’re gathering by adopting security intelligence. He explains how this approach helps analysts connect the dots and empowers them to focus on the signals that matter — all while blocking out the noise.