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Russian Hackers Targeting European Embassies: Report

Check Point Research has pointed out several other similar attack campaigns, including some targeting Russian-speaking victims as well

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Russian cyber attackers recently targeted a number of embassies in Europe by employing a weaponised version of TeamViewer — a popular remote access service and malware disguised as a top secret US government document, according to media reports.

“They typically emailed the officials Microsoft Excel sheets with malicious macros that appeared to have originated from the United States State Department. Once opened, the hackers were able to gain full control of the infected computer by weaponising the installed TeamViewer software,” The Verge reported late on Monday.

The hackers attacked European embassies in Kenya, Italy, Liberia, Nepal, Guyana, Bermuda and Lebanon, among others.

“While Russian in origin, it’s unlikely that these attacks were state-sponsored. One perpetrator was traced back to a hacking and carding forum and registered under the same username, ‘EvaPiks’ on both.

“‘EvaPiks’ posted instructions on how to carry out this kind of cyber attack on forums and advised other users as well,” the report added.

Check Point Research has pointed out several other similar attack campaigns, including some targeting Russian-speaking victims as well.

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Due to the attackers’ background in the illegal carding community, Check Point suggested that they could have been “financially motivated”, the report suggested. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Microsoft to Pay Hackers for Bug Bounty Programme

Microsoft recently launched Chromium-based Edge beta for Windows 10, 7, 8/8.1 and macOS

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Microsoft has launched a Bug Bounty Programme for Chromium Edge where the company is inviting cybersecurity experts across the world to identify vulnerabilities in the Chromium Edge browser, with rewards ranging from $1,000 to $30,000.

The company is offering rewards in various tiers. Spoofing and tampering reports would earn anywhere between $1,000 and $6,000. Information disclosure and remote code execution will be awarded between $1,000 and $10,000 and elevation of privilege will rake in between $5,000 to $15,000, Digital Trends reported on Sunday.

As per the report, $30,000 will be given in exchange for finding a combination of an Elevation of Privilege flaw and a Windows Defender Application Guard container escape.

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“We are excited to expand our bounty programmes today to include the next version of Microsoft Edge and continue to grow and strengthen our partnership with the security research community.

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“We welcome researchers to seek out and disclose any high-impact vulnerabilities they may find in the next version of Microsoft Edge, based on Chromium, and offer rewards up to the US $30,000 for eligible vulnerabilities in Dev and Beta channels,” Jarek Stanley, senior program manager at Microsoft, said in a post.

Microsoft recently launched Chromium-based Edge beta for Windows 10, 7, 8/8.1 and macOS. (IANS)