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Issue #85 - February 19, 2024

Feds Seize LockBit Ransomware Websites, Offer Decryption Tools, Troll Affiliates

Source: Krebs on Security

U.S. and U.K. authorities have seized the darknet websites run by LockBit, a prolific and destructive ransomware group that has claimed more than 2,000 victims worldwide and extorted over $120 million in payments. Instead of listing data stolen from ransomware victims who didn’t pay, LockBit’s victim shaming website now offers free recovery tools, as well as news about arrests and criminal charges involving LockBit affiliates.




Zero-Click Apple Shortcuts Vulnerability Allows Silent Data Theft

Source: Dark Reading

Vulnerability CVE-2024-23204, affecting Apple's popular Shortcuts app, suggests a critical need for ongoing security awareness in the macOS and iOS ecosystem. A dangerous vulnerability in Apple Shortcuts has surfaced, which could give attackers access to sensitive data across the device without the user being asked to grant permissions.




ScreenConnect servers hacked in LockBit ransomware attacks

Source: Bleeping Computer

Attackers are exploiting a maximum severity authentication bypass vulnerability to breach unpatched ScreenConnect servers and deploy LockBit ransomware payloads on compromised networks. The maximum severity CVE-2024-1709 auth bypass flaw has been under active exploitation since Tuesday, one day after ConnectWise released security updates and several cybersecurity companies published proof-of-concept exploits.




Hack at Services Firm Hits 2.4 Million Eye Doctor Patients

Source: Data Breach Today

An Arizona firm that provides administrative services to about a dozen ophthalmology practices in several states is notifying nearly 2.4 million patients of a November hacking incident that may have compromised its sensitive information.




Israeli Aircraft Survive “Cyber-Hijacking” Attempts

Source: Infosecurity Magazine

Two flights bound for Israel over the past week have suffered attempts to hijack their communications and divert the aircraft, according to local reports. The El Al flights were both travelling from Thailand to Israel’s Ben Gurion international airport and apparently encountered “hostile elements” while flying over the Middle East. Citing a report from national broadcaster Kan Reshet B, The Jerusalem Post claimed that hackers attempted to hijack the planes’ communications networks in order to divert them from their pre-programmed route.



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