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May 26, 2016

Symantec: SWIFT Malware Evident in Other Bank Attacks

Security firm Symantec has claimed that the malware used in the $81 million cyberheist from Bangladesh Central Bank’s Federal Reserve account has been linked to another cyberattack – a Philippines-based bank.

In a blog post today, Symantec said it found evidence that a bank in the Philippines was also the target of the group that instigated the infamous $81 million cyberheist from Bangladesh central bank.

Notably, the security firm stated that the malware used in the Bangladesh bank heist was also used in a series of targeted attacks against an unnamed bank in the Philippines. Furthermore, the same group had, according to Symantec, tried to steal over $1 million from [...]

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February 12, 2016

Netflix Phishing And Malware Campaigns Build Growing Black Market

Netflix’s expansion to 130 new regions has boosted the market for stolen Netflix passwords, according to Symantec, a Mountain View, Calif.-based technology security company. Netflix’s streaming service is currently available in 190 regions.

Symantec noted that phishing campaigns and malware are targeting Netflix users’ information. The hackers add the users’ information to a growing black market that offers cheaper access to the service.

Malicious files posing as Netflix software.

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One such campaign uses malicious files that pose as Netflix software on compromised computer desktops. Once the downloaded files execute, the [...]

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January 20, 2016

Hackers Target U.S., U.K. And India Finance Employees With Trojans

Two families of remote-access Trojans (RATs) have infiltrated small companies in the U.S., the U.K. and India since early 2015 and have stolen money, according to Symantec, a Mountain View, Calif.-based technology security company. The attackers are using Trojan.Nancrat and Backdoor.Breut, which are publicly-available., and have stolen money by targeting employees overseeing fund transfers and accounts.

For most of 2015, most targets were in India. The activity in India and the U.S. has tapered off in the last few months while those in the U.K. have increased.


Hackers Switch Tactics

The attackers began using Backdoor.Breut in early 2015, and then in August, [...]

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July 9, 2015

Corporate Spies Hack Billion Dollar Corporations

As early as 2013 Twitter, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft reported they had been compromised by a zero day Java exploit. Symantec believes they have identified a group of corporate spies responsible for the hacks and linked them to many more high-profile crimes. The team of hackers has a suite of internally developed tools at their disposal and uses working knowledge of an organization to target specific data.

Symantec’s research links the group to crimes going back to 2012. The three heaviest targeted regions are the USA, Europe and Canada with 17, 12 and 4 attacks respectively. Dozens more attacks took place in different regions around the globe. The hackers breached the [...]

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