October 12, 2020
David Redekop

This Week In Nerd News – October 12, 2020

Your weekly top 5 technical and security issues Nerds should pay attention to:

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Attacks Aimed at Disrupting the Trickbot Botnet.

It is worth noting, that DTTS (Don’t Talk To Strangers) *never* allows any Trickbot-infected computer to reach the authors’ controllers.

Over the past 10 days, someone has been launching a series of coordinated attacks designed to disrupt Trickbot, an enormous collection of more than two million malware-infected Windows PCs that are constantly being harvested for financial data and are often used as the entry point for deploying ransomware within compromised organizations.

 

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IRS Use of Cell Phone Location Data Hits ‘Legal Gray Area’ (1).

U.S. Customs and Border Protection bought access to “global” location data collected from ordinary apps downloaded to people’s phones — like weather apps and games — allowing U.S. border authorities to track devices outside of the United States.

A government watchdog’s probe into Internal Revenue Service use of cell phone location data is likely to run into legal uncertainty about privacy protections for the data.

 

Read More: IRS Use of Cell Phone Location Data Hits ‘Legal Gray Area’ (1)

 

Chinese hacker group spotted using a UEFI bootkit in the wild.

Targets included diplomatic entities and NGOs in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Over time, as such tools become commoditized, become more widely used.

A Chinese-speaking hacking group has been observed using a UEFI bootkit to download and install additional malware on targeted computers.

 

Read More: Chinese hacker group spotted using a UEFI bootkit in the wild 

 

Tyler Technologies paid ransomware gang for decryption key.

To prove that the decryptor was valid, BleepingComputer was able to decrypt encrypted files uploaded to VirusTotal at the time of the ransomware attack.

Tyler Technologies has paid a ransom for a decryption key to recover files encrypted in a recent ransomware attack.

Tyler Technologies states that they are the largest software company in North America devoted to the public sector, with over $1.2 billion in revenue for 2020 and 5,500 employees.

 

Read More: Tyler Technologies paid ransomware gang for decryption key

 

Latest Version of MalLocker Android Ransomware Packs New Tricks.

Just can’t make this up. Ransomware on Android now.

Security researchers at Microsoft have spotted a dangerous new version of MalLocker, a constantly evolving Android ransomware family that has been floating around in the wild since at least 2014.

 

Read More: Latest Version of MalLocker Android Ransomware Packs New Tricks

 

Did you know?

The FBI monitors the darkweb continuously. Via NC3 (National Cybercrime Unit of Canada) and subsequently the local London Police, Nerds On Site was alerted about being a potential victim of cybercrime. Be vigilant. Use 2FA everywhere.

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