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New vulnerabilities in Dataprobe are Invading The Devices Remotely


Researchers from Team82 uncovered critical flaws in Dataprobe’s iBoot power distribution unit. As a result of the flaws, the threat actors were able to control and cut off the electric power to the systems or other connected devices, potentially impacting the targeted firms.
Team82 is the research division of Claroty, an industrial cybersecurity firm, that found seven vulnerabilities. One of these vulnerabilities is responsible for granting access to malicious actors invading systems to execute some malicious source codes.
The iboot power distribution unit is a cloud service that allows its users real-time control of the outlets from any location through web interfaces, Telnet, and SNMP.
According to Census Report 2021, over 2000 power distributing units were connected to the internet, with Dataprobe devices accounting for 31% of the total.
The iBoot power distribution unit was mentioned in the report by Team82, which can be managed remotely through web interfaces if the device is not connected directly to the internet, or through a cloud-based infrastructure that allows access to the device's management page if the device is not directly connected to the internet.
Cyber attackers exploited this feature and gained access to platforms such as web connections and the cloud to remotely exploit vulnerabilities. Such exploitation of the vulnerabilities also permitted the attackers to bypass Network Address Translation (NAT) and firewalls and invade businesses through smart connectivity channels.
The CISA, U.S.-based cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency, circulated an advisory to the organization, which included information about these seven vulnerabilities, such as the deployment of these critical flaws all across the world, including in the manufacturing sector. 
The CVE identifier assigned to the seven vulnerabilities is CVE-2022-3183 through CVE-2022-3189. The issue involves OS command injection, path traversal, sensitive information exposure, improper access control, incorrect authorization, and server-side request forgery (SSRF).
A new firmware version of the issue has been released by the vendors, 1.42.06162022, to describe the problem. There was a recommendation from Dataprobe for all users to update the firmware to the latest version and also to disable the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), which is used to monitor the network.

New DeadBolt Ransomware Attacks Have Been Reported by QNAP


QNAP, Taiwanese network-attached storage (NAS) device vendor, has issued a warning to its clients about a fresh wave of Deadbolt ransomware assaults. "According to the QNAP Product Security Incident Response Team (QNAP PSIRT) investigation, the attack targeted NAS systems running QTS 4.3.6 and QTS 4.4.1, with the most affected models being the TS-x51 and TS-x53 series," the NAS manufacturer claimed. 

This is the third time since the beginning of the year that QNAP machines have been infected with the DeadBolt ransomware. "QNAP strongly advises all NAS customers to check and update QTS to the most recent version as soon as possible, and to avoid exposing its NAS to the internet," the company said in its advisory. 

As many as 4,988 DeadBolt-infected QNAP devices were discovered in late January, requiring the business to issue a forced firmware update. In mid-March, there was a second spike in new infections. Asustor, a storage solutions provider, issued a warning to its clients in February about a wave of Deadbolt ransomware assaults aimed at its NAS devices. QNAP devices were attacked in a new wave of DeadBolt ransomware attacks, according to Censys, an Internet search engine. 

QNAP patched several vulnerabilities in early May, including a major security flaw known as CVE-2022-27588 (CVSS 9.8) that might let a remote attacker execute arbitrary instructions on susceptible QVR devices. 

QNAP QVR is a video surveillance solution from a Taiwanese company that runs on its NAS devices without the need for additional software. DeadBolt assaults are also noteworthy for reportedly exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities in software to obtain remote access and encrypt systems.

According to a new report published by Group-IB, exploiting security vulnerabilities in public-facing applications has emerged as the third most common vector for gaining initial access, accounting for 21% of all ransomware attacks examined by the firm in 2021. However, QNAP owners infected with the DeadBolt ransomware will have to pay the ransom to receive a valid decryption key.

Russian Groups are Plagued by OldGremlin Ransomware Threat


The new cyber-crime squad, known as OldGremlin, is actively targeting banks, medical institutions, software developers, and industrial firms, among other targets. The gang differentiates from all other ransomware groups by launching a limited number of campaigns – just under five since early 2021 – which solely target Russian firms and employ proprietary backdoors developed in-house.

OldGremlin has claimed ransoms as large as $3 million from one of its victims, despite being less active, which may indicate the ransomware business is approaching moonlighting. Two phishing attacks that were conducted near the end of March 2022 constitute the most current OldGremlin activities. It might be too early to say how many organizations were attacked, but security experts say roughly one Russian mining corporation is on the list of victims. The adversary did not deviate from its previously observed strategy of exploiting trending news topics to gain initial access. 

As per cybersecurity experts at Singapore-based cybersecurity firm Group-IB, this time OldGremlin scammed a senior auditor at a Russian financial organization, advising that the Visa and Mastercard payment service systems will be suspended due to recent sanctions placed on Russia.

The email directed recipients to a malicious Dropbox document that downloads TinyFluff, a backdoor that opens the Node.js interpreter and grants the attacker remote access to the target system. The email then allowed OldGremlin remote access to the machine via a malicious file that used a backdoor known as "TinyFluff," which the gang upgraded from a prior backdoor known as "TinyNode." The target receives a ransom note once the attacker has gained access to the system and has access to system data. A mining business, according to Group-IB, is one of the possible victims. 

Another well-known ransomware group, NB65, has been trying to frustrate Russian operations, including the alleged theft of 900,000 emails and 4,000 files from the state-owned television and radio broadcasting network VGTRK. In March, the organization exploited released source code from the Conti Ransomware gang – a Russia-linked threat actor — to create distinct ransomware for the first time. 

The researchers can study the directives for these steps of the assault using a traffic sniffer because they are provided in cleartext.
  • Gathering data on the infected system or device. 
  • Collecting information about the drives that are connected.
  • Executing a command in the cmd.exe shell and passing the output to the command and control server (C2) 
  • Receiving information about the system's installed plugins.
  • Obtaining information about files on the system drive's specified folders puts an end to the Node.js interpreter.
  • Before executing the last step of the assault, TinyCrypt/TinyCryptor, the group's proprietary ransomware payload, OldGremlin can spend months within the infiltrated network. 
The gang only ran one phishing effort in 2021, but it was enough to keep them occupied for the entire year as it gave them initial access to a network of various firms. Apart from the target Russian mining company, Group-IB believes that a higher number of OldGremlin victims will be discovered this year as a result of the group's March phishing operation. 
The researchers believe OldGremlin has Russian-speaking members based on the evidence they collected and after examining the quality of the phishing emails and decoy papers. They called the group's understanding of the Russian terrain "astonishing." OldGremlin defies the mold by focusing solely on Russian businesses including banks, industrial corporations, medical institutions, and software producers.

Log4j 2.17.1 Is Out, And Fixes Yet Another Code Execution Flaw.


Apache has published Log4j version 2.17.1, which fixes CVE-2021-44832, a newly found code execution flaw. Prior to that, the most recent version of Log4j, 2.17.0, was considered the safest release to update, however that advice has since changed the Log4j vulnerability resource center to reflect current download trends and statistics for 2.17.1.

CheckMarx researchers have revealed details about the vulnerability in Log4j version 2.17.0, which was just released. Apache released this version a few days after two other patches that addressed the major Log4Shell attack and related problems. By altering the Log4j logging configuration file, attackers might execute remote code on a variety of servers or apps. It's one of the most well-known security weaknesses on the internet, affecting enterprise and government customers who use Log4j versions 2.0 through 2.14.1 in their environments.

Last month, a security researcher discovered yet another zero-day vulnerability in the Apache Log4j Java-based logging library, which threat actors may use to execute malicious code on compromised frameworks. This week, Apache released another version (Log4j rendition 2.17.1) that aims to fix the remote code execution (RCE) flaw in v2.17.0. 

Log4j is a well-known Java library built by the Apache Software Foundation, which is open-source. Designers use it to log error messages in large commercial systems and cloud administrations such as Minecraft, Steam, and Apple iCloud. 

Apache acknowledged the issue in an advisory, describing the moderate-severity flaw (CVSS 6.6) as follows – Attribution link: An attacker with permission to modify the logging configuration file can construct a malicious configuration using a JDBC Appender with a data source referencing a JNDI URI, which can execute remote code, in Apache Log4j2 versions 2.0-beta7 through 2.17.0 (excluding security fix releases 2.3.2 and 2.12.4).

The new Log4j CVE "only applies if an attacker can already edit the Log4j config file," according to security researcher Kevin Beaumont. "An attacker already owns your web app or host if they can edit your Log4j config file."

One of the most important lessons learned from the events surrounding Log4j is that it is humanly impossible for open source project maintainers to cover every possible attack vector while also correcting known vulnerabilities. This is why community-led vulnerability research and reporting is a benefit to open source. However, if not done properly, it can rapidly become a nuisance. 

"Irresponsible disclosures jeopardize the work of open source projects and their maintainers, and if not handled, this problem will only get worse." 

Another crucial point to note is that unlike the previous four Log4j CVEs revealed thus far, no one was credited with identifying CVE-2021-44832 according to Apache's official warning.

Multiple Critical Vulnerabilities Identified in Concrete CMS


Fortbridge researchers have unearthed multiple security bugs in a popular open-source content management system (CMS) allowing threat actors to secure full control of the underlying web server.

The vulnerabilities become more threatening when combined with the insecure use of the uniqid() function that allows cybercriminals with low privileges to achieve remote code execution (RCE). 

“The uniqid() function was not cryptographically secure. Instead, it returned a pseudo-random number, allowing us to guess the name of a pseudo-random directory and then upload a web shell on the server,” Adrian Tiron from Fortbridge explained. As of 2021, more than 62,000 live websites are designed with Concrete CMS. 

The first bug discovered is a race condition in the file upload function that allows a Concrete CMS user to upload files from a remote server. Files are downloaded to ‘$temporaryDirectory’ – a class called VolatileDirectory which creates a temporary directory, that gets deleted at the end of each request.

According to cybersecurity researchers, the name designed of the directory will always be random, and so in order to guess the name of it, researchers needed to brute-force this directory to find where it was coming from. A single brute-force request takes 100ms to implement, meaning that researchers needed more time to carry out their attack. As they looked to bypass the 60-second cURL timeout, they turned to the uniqid() function, which returned the time and day to the microsecond. 

“We will add a sleep() for 30-60 seconds in the test.php file which gets downloaded from the remote server. This will basically force the CMS to keep the $temporaryDir directory for 30-60 seconds on the local filesystem before deleting it. Enough time for us to brute-force the directory name with Burp Turbo Intruder,”  researchers added.

How to keep site safe 

Users should always keep software up to date with security patches and new releases. This includes operating systems, web services, server-side parsers, content management systems, databases, and all plug-ins.

Users are advised to uninstall all applications and services that aren't necessary and only run services that are required for their website and CMS to operate. Use a password manager which will help in ensuring that you use unique passwords on every site.

ESET: FontOnLake Rootkit Malware Targets Linux Systems


Researchers have detected a new campaign that is potentially targeting businesses in Southeast Asia using previously unknown Linux malware that is designed to allow remote access to its administrators, as well as collect credentials and operate as a proxy server. 

The malware group, called "FontOnLake" by the Slovak cybersecurity firm ESET, is reported to entail "well-designed modules" that are constantly modified with a wide range of features, indicating an active development stage. 

According to samples uploaded to VirusTotal, the initial attacks employing this threat may have happened as early as May 2020. The same virus is being tracked by Avast and Lacework Labs under the name HCRootkit. 

ESET researcher Vladislav Hrčka stated, "The sneaky nature of FontOnLake's tools in combination with advanced design and low prevalence suggest that they are used in targeted attacks." 

"To collect data or conduct other malicious activity, this malware family uses modified legitimate binaries that are adjusted to load further components. In fact, to conceal its existence, FontOnLake's presence is always accompanied by a rootkit. These binaries are commonly used on Linux systems and can additionally serve as a persistence mechanism." 

FontOnLake's toolkit consists of three components: trojanized copies of genuine Linux utilities utilized to load kernel-mode rootkits and user-mode backdoors, all of which interact through virtual files. The C++-based implants themselves are programmed to monitor systems, discreetly perform commands on networks, and steal account passwords. 

A second variation of the backdoor also function as a proxy, modify files, and download arbitrary files, while a third variant, in addition to combining characteristics from the other two backdoors, can run Python scripts and shell commands. 

ESET discovered two variants of the Linux rootkit that are based on an open-source project called Suterusu and share features like hiding processes, files, network connections, and itself, as well as being able to perform file operations and obtain and run the user-mode backdoor. 

Enterprise Password Management 

It is yet unknown how the attackers gained initial network access but the cybersecurity firm highlighted that the malicious actor behind the assaults is "overly cautious" to avoid leaving any traces by depending on multiple, unique command-and-control (C2) servers with different non-standard ports. All the C2 servers observed in the VirusTotal artifacts are no longer working. 

Hrčka stated, "Their scale and advanced design suggest that the authors are well versed in cybersecurity and that these tools might be reused in future campaigns." 

"As most of the features are designed just to hide its presence, relay communication, and provide backdoor access, we believe that these tools are used mostly to maintain an infrastructure which serves some other, unknown, malicious purposes."

Maze Ransomware and its Various Campaigns Continue to Threaten the Cyber World

Ever since this year began, the Maze ransomware has been hitting headlines. Recently researchers discovered more samples of Maze in numerous industries making it one of the major threats for the cyber-world.

Another form of the "ChaCha" ransomware, Maze surfaced in mid-2019 and has been wreaking havoc ever since, across continents and any organization it could get it hands-on.

Per sources, Maze is most usually dispensed by way of emails loaded with malicious Exel and Word attachments. But that’s not the only method of distribution.

According to reports, cyber-criminals also use “exploit kits” by the name of “Spelevo”. Sources mention that in previous cases it has been used to exploit Flash Player vulnerabilities, CVE-2018-15982 and CVE-2018-4878. Other exploits that Maze has abused include CVE-2018-8174 (Internet Explorer) and CVE-2018-1150 (Pulse VPN).

Maze ransomware initially tries to get a strong idea of the target device’s internal surroundings and begins to create a place for itself. Once that’s done it tries to access user privileges to carry lateral movements and kick start the file encryption throughout drives. But, before the encryption, files are exfiltrated so as to be used for future compulsion in any way possible.

If the security system of a device isn’t laden with necessary protective gauges it could possibly crash completely under the pressure of Maze ransomware. The infection could put sensitive information at large and incapacitate operations almost killing the company’s finances.

Per sources, Maze ransomware has shown its hold across industries like construction, education, energy, finance, government, healthcare, hospitality, law, life sciences, media and communications, pharma, technology, and telecommunications. McAfee, in March, made available a detailed report about the Maze ransomware.

According to a report, there’s an “Anti-Ransomware Protection module” which hunts ransomware related encryption-based activities. It allows users to keep track of the activities.

Per sources, lately, Maze ransomware was spotted compromising several IT service providers. It also set up a footing in another victim device’s network via insecure Remote Desktop Protocol or by using brute-force on the account of the local administrator.
Cloud backups too aren’t safe from the Maze ransomware because they are widely tracked on the vulnerable networks. With the login credentials, all backed-up data could be sent to the threat-actors via a server under their control.

The solution for any such occurrences is as repetitive as ever; stronger security mechanisms, better passwords especially remote systems with remote access possibilities and of course, heftier protection measures.

RBI AnyDesk Warning; here's how Scammers Use it to Steal Money

In February, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued warning regarding a remote desktop app known as 'AnyDesk', which was employed by scammers to carry out unauthorized transactions from bank accounts of the customers via mobile or laptop.

In the wake of RBI's warning, various other banks such as HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank along with a few others, also issued an advisory to make their customers aware about AnyDesk's fraudulent potential and how it can be used by the hackers to steal money via Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

However, it is important to notice that Anydesk app is not infectious, in fact, on the contrary, it is a screen-sharing platform of extreme value to the IT professionals which allows users to connect to various systems and mobiles remotely over the internet.

How the Scam Takes Places? 

When a customer needs some help from the customer care, he gets in touch via a call and if he gets on line with a scammer, he would ask him to download AnyDesk app or a similar app known as TeamViewer QuickSupport on his smartphone.

Then, he would ask for a remote desk code of 9-digit which he requires to view the customer's screen live on his computer. He can also record everything that is been shown on the screen. Subsequently, whenever the victim enters the ID and password of his UPI app, the scammer records it.

Users are advised not to download AnyDesk or any other remote desktop applications without fully understanding their functioning.

You should also be highly skeptical of the additional apps that customer support executives may ask you to download as besides fraudsters, no one asks for codes, passwords or any other sensitive information.

Romanian Cybersecurity firm reveals all-in-one espionage tool: RadRAT

Bitdefender, a Romanian Cybersecurity firm, has flushed out a powerful all-in-one toolkit for espionage operations dubbed “RadRAT,” which it became aware of in February this year. The toolkit is an advanced remote access tool that allows full control over seized computers.

“Buried in the malware zoo, the threat seems to have been operational since at least 2015, undocumented by the research community,” the company said in a post.

RadRAT offers powerful remote access options that allow “unfettered control of the compromised computer, lateral movement across the organization and rootkit-like detection-evasion mechanisms.”

“Powered by a vast array of features, this RAT was used in targeted attacks aimed at exfiltrating information or monitoring victims in large networked organizations,” the post read.

Apart from its data exfiltration mechanisms, it also features lateral movement mechanisms such as credentials harvesting, NTLM hash harvesting, retrieving a Windows password, and more, and its command set currently supports 92 instructions.

These commands can be used for various malicious purposes, including file or registry operations, data theft operations, network operations, operations on processes, system information, propagation, and more.

“Unfortunately, while our information about the behavior and technical implementation of this remote access toolkit is complete, we can only guess at the original infection vector, which is most likely a spear phishing e-mail or an exploit,” the cybersecurity firm wrote in its whitepaper on the toolkit.

Security flaw in uTorrent allows hackers remote access

Tavis Ormandy, a vulnerability researcher at Google and a part of Google Project Zero, a team of security analysts specializing in finding zero-day vulnerabilities, revealed on Wednesday a vulnerability in BitTorrent’s uTorrent Windows and web client that allows hackers to either plant malware on the user’s computer or see their download activity.

Google Project Zero published their research once the 90-day window that it gave to uTorrent to fix the flaw before publicly disclosing it was over.

According to Ormandy, the flaws are easy to exploit and make it possible for hackers to remotely access downloaded files or download malware on their computers using the random token generated upon authentication.

He reported on Twitter that the initial fix that BitTorrent rolled out seemed to only generate a second token, which did not fix the flaw and said, “you just have to fetch that token as well.”

BitTorrent issued a statement on Wednesday regarding the issue:

On December 4, 2017, we were made aware of several vulnerabilities in the uTorrent and BitTorrent Windows desktop clients. We began work immediately to address the issue. Our fix is complete and is available in the most recent beta release (build released on 16 Feb 2018). This week, we will begin to deliver it to our installed base of users. All users will be updated with the fix automatically over the following days. The nature of the exploit is such that an attacker could craft a URL that would cause actions to trigger in the client without the user’s consent (e.g. adding a torrent).

Zero Day Telegram Vulnerability Exploited by Hackers for Cryptomining

Kaspersky Lab has revealed that in October 2017, they had discovered a flaw in Telegram Messenger’s Windows desktop client that was being exploited “in the wild”. According to Kaspersky, the flaw has allegedly been by Russian cybercriminals in a cryptomining campaign.

The Telegram vulnerability involves the use of an RLO (right-to-left override) attack when the user sends a file through the messenger.

RLO Unicode method is primarily used for coding languages that are written right-to-left, such as Hebrew or Arabic, but hackers can use it to trick users into downloading malicious files. When an app is vulnerable to attack, it will display a filename incompletely or in reverse.

Kaspersky has said that it seems that only Russian cybercriminals were aware of this flaw and were exploiting it — not to spread ransomware but cryptomining malware.

The attacks enabled cybercriminals to not just spread the cryptomining malware but also to install a backdoor to remotely control victims’ computers.

“We don’t have exact information about how long and which versions of the Telegram products were affected by the vulnerability. What we do know is that its exploitation in Windows clients began in March 2017,” read the report Kaspersky published on the flaw.

In the report, Alexey Firsh, cyberthreat researcher at Kaspersky, has outlined several scenarios that show cases of how the vulnerability was actually exploited.

He also wrote that Telegram was informed of this flaw and it no longer occurs in their products.

Security Flaw in Oracle POS systems discovered

Researchers at ERPScan have discovered a new security flaw in the Oracle Micros Point-of-Sale (POS) systems that has left over 300,000 systems vulnerable to attack from hackers.

It was discovered in September 2017 by Dmitry Chastuhin, a security researcher, and was named “CVE-2018-2636”.

Oracle has already issued updates for this issue earlier in the month but due to companies’ fear of unstable patches and losses, it is suspected that it may take months for the patch to reach affected systems.

According to Chastuhin, the POS malware enables hackers to collect configuration files from the systems and gain access to the server.

Hackers can also exploit the flaw remotely using carefully crafted HTTP requests. Many of the vulnerable systems have already been misconfigured to allow such access and are available online to be easily exploited if the patches aren’t used soon.

Patches for the flaw were made available in January 2018 in Oracle’s Critical Patch Update (CPU). More information on the bug can be found here.

New Intel Security Flaw Detected

F-Secure, a Finnish cybersecurity firm revealed on Friday that it has discovered another security flaw in the Intel hardware. This flaw could enable hackers to access corporate laptops remotely.

Earlier it was revealed that the Intel chip had flaws that made almost every smartphone, laptop, or tablets vulnerable to hackers. This flaw is allegedly unrelated to Spectre and Meltdown but is rather an issue within Intel Active Management Technology (AMT).

According to F-Secure, AMT is commonly found in most corporate laptops and the flaw will allow an attacker to take complete control over a user's device in a matter of seconds.

“The issue potentially affects millions of laptops globally," the cybersecurity firm said.

The hacker would need physical access to the device at first but once they had re-configured the AMT, they would be able to effectively “backdoor” the machine and access the device using a remote server, just by connecting to the same network as the user.

There is also a possibility that the hacker would be able to programme the AMT to their own server, thus bypassing the need to connect to the user’s network.

The hacker will be able to access all information on the device after exploiting the flaw and will be able to make changes, download malware, etc. quite easily. No solutions or security measures have been found as yet, other than choosing a strong AMT password or disabling the AMT completely.