This Week in Security News: Security Researcher Discloses Four IBM Zero-Days After Company Refused to Patch and Trend Micro Integrates with Amazon AppFlow

Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days. This week, read about a security researcher who has published details about four zero-day vulnerabilities impacting an IBM security product after the company refused to patch the bugs. Also, learn about Amazon’s new AppFlow and how Trend Micro Cloud One integrates with it.

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Trend Micro’s COVID-19 Resource Page

To help protect you during the COVID-19 pandemic, Trend Micro has put together a resource page to help address the new security challenges you may be facing. This page includes the latest news and information on COVID-19 scams, security tools and programs to help keep you informed and safe while you work remotely.

Security Researcher Discloses Four IBM Zero-Days After Company Refused to Patch

A security researcher has published details about four zero-day vulnerabilities impacting an IBM security product after the company refused to patch bugs following a private bug disclosure attempt. The bugs impact the IBM Data Risk Manager (IDRM), an enterprise security tool that aggregates feeds from vulnerability scanning tools and other risk management tools to let admins investigate security issues.

“We Need COBOL Programmers!” No, You Probably Don’t

New Jersey recently made the news following a plea for COBOL programmers to help modernize legacy systems running unemployment claims that had apparently failed following a recent spike in activity. In a recent blog from Bill Malik, VP of Infrastructure Strategies at Trend Micro, Bill explains why needing more COBOL programmers is likely not the answer.

 All the Things COVID-19 Will Change Forever, According to 30 Top Experts

We’re four weeks into the massive time-out forced on us by coronavirus and many of us have spent much of that time trying to get used to the radical lifestyle change the virus has brought. But we’re also beginning to think about the end of the crisis, and what the world will look like afterward. In this article, read Trend Micro CEO Eva Chen’s thoughts on how businesses will operate in the post-COVID world.

Gamaredon APT Group Use COVID-19 Lure in Campaigns

Gamaredon is an APT group that has been active since 2013 and is generally known for targeting Ukrainian government institutions. Trend Micro recently came across an email with a malware attachment that used the Gamaredon group’s tactics. Some of the emails used the coronavirus pandemic as a topic to lure victims into opening emails and attachments, and campaigns targeted victims in European countries, among others.

Grouping Linux IoT Malware Samples with Trend Micro ELF Hash

This year, 31 billion IoT devices are expected to be installed globally. Consequently, cybercriminals have been developing IoT malware, such as backdoors and botnets, for malicious purposes, including digital extortion. In response, Trend Micro created Trend Micro ELF Hash (telfhash), an open-source clustering algorithm that effectively clusters malware targeting IoT devices running on Linux, using Executable and Linkable Format (ELF) files.

SBA Reveals Potential Data Breach Impacting 8,000 Emergency Business Loan Applicants

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) has revealed a suspected data breach impacting the portal used by business owners to apply for emergency loans. On Tuesday, the US agency said the incident may affect close to 8,000 applicants to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL), which offers up to $10,000 to small business owners currently struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Exposed Redis Instances Abused for Remote Code Execution, Cryptocurrency Mining

Recently, Trend Micro wrote an article about more than 8,000 unsecured Redis instances found in the cloud. In this blog, Trend Micro expands on how these instances can be abused to perform remote code execution (RCE), as demonstrated by malware samples captured in the wild. These malicious files have been found to turn Redis instances into cryptocurrency-mining bots and infect other vulnerable instances via their “wormlike” spreading capability.

Trend Micro Integrates with Amazon AppFlow

The acceleration of in-house development enabled by public cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform adoption in the last few years has given us new levels of visibility and access to data. Putting all the data together to generate insights and action, however, can present a challenge. Amazon is changing that with the release of AppFlow. Trend Micro Cloud One is a launch partner with this new service, enabling simple data retrieval from your Cloud One dashboard to be fed into AWS services as needed.

iOS Exploit Lets Attackers Access Default iPhone Mail App

This week it was reported that alleged Chinese state-sponsored hackers have been exploiting a critical vulnerability in iOS to spy to Uyghurs Muslim minority in China. In a new report published by security firm Zecops, it has been noted that a bug in iOS has been exploited by hackers since at least January 2018.

Nemty Ransomware Ceases Public Operations, Focuses on Private Schemes

Threat actors behind Nemty ransomware are to close their ransomware-as-a-service operation as they zero in on private schemes. This was confirmed in a Russian hacker forum post that security researcher Vitali Kremez shared with Bleeping Computer. In the post, “jsworm,” the ransomware’s operator, declared that “we leave in private” (translated from Russian) and that current victims only have one week to acquire decryptors for the last time.

Maze Ransomware Attacks US IT Firm

According to a report from Bleeping Computer, IT managed services firm Cognizant suffered a ransomware attack purportedly conducted by threat actors behind Maze ransomware. The company has emailed their clients about the attack, including a preliminary list of indicators of compromise (IoC) identified through its investigation. The list of IoCs include IP addresses and file hashes, which have been linked to previous Maze attacks.

Containers Are Not VMs, and Other Misconceptions

The adoption rate of containers has been steadily growing as organizations begin to see the benefits container technology provides. This adoption represents a new computing paradigm for many of the engineers responsible for running the IT infrastructure of these organizations – but new concepts often come with misconceptions. In this article, Trend Micro’s Rob Maynard shares some of the biggest misconceptions about container technology.

Australian Health Insurance-Themed Spam Spreads Ursnif

Trend Micro researchers encountered a spam campaign referencing the Australian health insurance brand Medicare. The attachment, which Trend Micro detects as Trojan.X97M.URSNIF.THDAEBO, downloads the malicious file (detected as TrojanSpy.Win32.URSNIF.THDAEBO). The campaign aims to spread the spyware Ursnif, also known as Gozi.

Loki Delivered as CAB File Attachment

Trend Micro has found a spam sample that delivers the info stealer Loki through an attached Windows Cabinet (CAB) file in its honeypot. The email that bears the malicious file poses as a quotation request to trick the user into executing the binary file inside the CAB file.

Know the Symptoms: Protect Your Devices While Working from Home

Would you know if one of your devices was compromised? In this article, Trend Micro shares how cybercriminals are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to capitalize on vulnerable hardware and unsecured systems. Trend Micro also shares common symptoms of compromise across mobile devices, desktops, laptops and IoT devices.

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