This Week in Security News: Microsoft June Patch Tuesday Fixes 129 Flaws in Largest-Ever Update and New Android Spyware ActionSpy Revealed via Phishing Attacks from Earth Empusa

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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, learn about Microsoft’s largest-ever Patch Tuesday update including 129 CVEs. Also, read about a new Android Spyware dubbed ActionSpy.

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Microsoft June Patch Tuesday Fixes 129 Flaws in Largest-Ever Update

Microsoft has released patches for 129 vulnerabilities as part of its June Patch Tuesday updates – the highest number of CVEs ever released by Microsoft in a single month. Within the blockbuster security update, 11 critical remote code-execution flaws were patched in Windows, SharePoint server, Windows Shell, VBScript and other products.

#LetsTalkSecurity: Become the Hunter 

This week, Rik Ferguson, vice president of Security Research at Trend Micro, hosted the sixth episode of #LetsTalkSecurity featuring guest Jake Williams, founder of Rendition Infosec. Check out this week’s episode and follow the link to find more information about upcoming episodes and guests.

Not Just Good Security Products, But a Good Partner

This week, Trend Micro announced it has been placed in the Champions quadrant of the Canalys Global Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix, in recognition of major investments and improvements in the channel over the past year. The report particularly highlights Trend Micro’s partner portal improvements that include significant investments in deal registration, sales kits, promotions and training.

12 Biggest Cloud Threats and Vulnerabilities In 2020

Data breaches, cybercrime and targeted attacks in the cloud have driven demand for cloud security products and services in recent years. From misconfigured storage buckets and excess privileges to Infrastructure as Code (IoC) templates and automated attacks, here’s a look at 12 of the biggest cloud threats technical experts are worried about this year. Data breaches, cybercrime and targeted attacks in the cloud have driven demand for cloud security products and services in recent years.

Trend Micro Guardian: Protecting Your Kids On-the-Go

Some smart devices are not limited for use on the home network, for example, your child’s mobile phone or tablet. Keeping your kids safe with on-the-go devices means extending your security policies beyond the home. Trend Micro Home Network Security makes it easy with its free app, Trend Micro Guardian. Guardian integrates with HNS’s parental control rules via Mobile Device Management technology to extend the rules you’ve applied on your home network to your children’s Wi-Fi/mobile connections outside the home.

Microsoft Discovers Cryptomining Gang Hijacking ML-Focused Kubernetes Clusters

Microsoft published a report detailing a never-before-seen series of attacks against Kubeflow, a toolkit for running machine learning (ML) operations on top of Kubernetes clusters. The attacks have been going on since April, and Microsoft says its end-goal has been to install a cryptocurrency miner on Kubernetes clusters running Kubeflow instances exposed to the internet.

New Tekya Ad Fraud Found on Google Play

In late March, researchers from CheckPoint found the Tekya malware family being used to carry out ad fraud on Google Play. These apps have since been removed from the store, but Trend Micro recently found a variant of this family that had made its way onto Google Play via five malicious apps, although these have also been removed.

Fake COVID-19 Contact-Tracing Apps Infect Android Phones

Security researchers have identified 12 malicious Android applications, disguised to appear as official government COVID-19 contact-tracing apps, distributing malware onto devices. The Anomali Threat Research team found multiple applications containing a range of malware families, primarily banking Trojan Anubis and SpyNote, an Android Trojan with the goal of collecting and monitoring data on infected devices.

Tracking, Detecting, and Thwarting PowerShell-based Malware and Attacks

While traditional malware and attacks rely on crafted executables to function, fileless malware reside in memory to evade traditional scanners and detection methods. PowerShell, a legitimate management tool used by system administrators, provides an ideal cover for threat actors as they craft payloads heavily dependent on its deep Windows integration. Trend Micro has published multiple reports on this phenomenon, which has been further validated by telemetry data.

Updated Analysis on Nefilim Ransomware’s Behavior

Shortly after the discovery of Nefilim in March 2019, Trend Micro released its analysis of the ransomware and its behavior. Through recent investigations of cases observed in several companies, Trend Micro has amassed more information on how this ransomware operates. Some notable updates added the use of other tools such as Mimikatz, AdFind, CobaltStrike, and MegaSync, and the description of events that occur within the attack phases weeks or even months before the ransomware is deployed.

New Android Spyware ActionSpy Revealed via Phishing Attacks from Earth Empusa

While tracking Earth Empura, also known as POISON CARP/Evil Eye, Trend Micro identified an undocumented Android spyware it has dubbed ActionSpy. During the first quarter of 2020, Trend Micro observed Earth Empusa’s activity targeting users in Tibet and Turkey before they extended their scope to include Taiwan.

Babylon Health Admits ‘Software Error’ Led to Patient Data Breach

Babylon Health, a UK AI chatbot and telehealth startup which has been valued in excess of $2BN, has suffered an embarrassing data breach after a user of the app found he was able to access other patients’ video consultations. The company confirmed the breach yesterday, telling the BBC that a “software error” related to a feature that lets users switch from audio to video-based consultations part way through a call had caused a “small number” of UK users to be able to see others sessions.

Forward-Looking Security Analysis of Smart Factories Part 3: Trojanized Libraries for Industrial IoT Devices

In part three of this five-part blog series, Trend Micro looks at the security risks of promoting smart factories by examining overlooked attack vectors, feasible attack scenarios, and recommended defense strategies. This blog describes the usage of Industrial IoT (IIoT) devices and overlooked security risks in software supply chains.

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