Category: Global Weekly Executive Summaries

MILITARY POWER: NORTH KOREA Cyberwarfare Profile

(By: Anthony Eich on November 4, 2021) Executive Summary The North Korean dictatorship, headed by Kim Jong-un, is behind some of the most nefarious cyberwarfare operations active on the global stage. Since the ending of the Korean War in 1953, the country has been under heavy sanctions, preventing financial solubility. With a focus on military …

Advanced Persistent Threat “Naikon” Deploys New Malware

By: Anthony Eich Executive Summary Well known Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group “Naikon” has made headlines again recently for an attack that has been in the wild unnoticed for two years. The threat actor has been active since at least 2010, and they concentrate their activity in Southeast Asia targeting high level government entities, especially …

VPN Vulnerabilities Being Exploited by Russian APT

By: Anthony Eich Executive Summary Popular virtual private network (VPN) provider, Fortinet, has made headlines recently as its servers running FortiOS have been systematically compromised by hackers seeking to deploy a new ransomware known as “Cring.” The company, globally known as a secure networking provider, has known about the vulnerabilities since 2019, and has provided …

Chinese APT Hafnium Attacking Microsoft Exchange Servers

By: Anthony Eich Executive Summary Volexity, a U.S. based cybersecurity company released information regarding an active hack from a Chinese government backed Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) hacking group known as Hafnium that is specifically targeting on-premises (no cloud servers have been targeted so far) Microsoft Exchange servers [1]. Microsoft confirmed the attacks in a press …

North Korean Hackers Charged By U.S. Department of Justice in Global Crime Spree

By: Anthony Eich Executive Summary Three members of an elite hacker group within the military intelligence ranks of the North Korean government have been indicted by the United States Justice Department on charges of a multitude of cyber attacks to include banking heists, crypto currency embezzlement, as well as other cybercrimes. The members of the …

Take Down: Emotet Botnet

By: Anthony Eich Executive Summary Emotet is the name of a major botnet that was recently disrupted after over six years of malicious activity spreading some of the most prolific malware known and causing massive amounts of financial damages in many countries around the world. A botnet is a network of private computers infected with …

The Sunburst Effect: The erosion of trust in the digital supply chain

By: Anthony Eich Executive Summary The recent, wide-spread, cyber-attack that was a result of an infected software update from Texas based technology company SolarWinds— also known as the Sunburst hack— has had major impact that is being felt by a large number of private and government organizations. The malware was propagated through SolarWinds’s monitoring and management …

Russian Intelligence Officers Charged with Multiple Cyber Crimes

Executive Summary: The United States charged six Russian Intelligence Officers on Monday, October 19th, 2020, who are associated with the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) unit 74455. These individuals were charged for “destructive malware attacks” with the intentions to disturb and sabotage other countries and cause monetary loss. All men were charged with multiple counts …

Member of The Dark Overlord Hacker Group Caught and Charged For Cybercrime

Executive Summary: The Dark Overlord hacking group is known for hacking multiple organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom (U.K.) in demand for ransom. It is unknown how many people reside within this hacking group and the identities of the individuals. Although one member, Nathan Wyatt, a U.K. citizen was extradited to the …

Security of the United States 2020 Electoral System and Process

Executive Summary: With the presidential election coming up people are skeptical about the security of the election system and the persistent foreign threat. President Donald Trump continues to claim how the voting process this year is ‘rigged’ and is prone to voter fraud. This is likely due to the pandemic making the voting process different …