Afternoon Dessert – 2022-12-16


Welcome to another Afternoon Dessert breakout:

Ex-Twitter employee Gets 3.5 Years Jail for Spying on Behalf of Saudi Arabia
A former Twitter employee who was found guilty of spying on behalf of Saudi Arabia by sharing data pertaining to specific individuals has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.
Ahmad Abouammo, 45, was convicted earlier this August on various criminal counts, including money laundering, fraud, falsifying records, and being an illegal agent of a foreign government.
Abouammo was
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Cyber Security Is Not a Losing Game – If You Start Right Now
Reality has a way of asserting itself, irrespective of any personal or commercial choices we make, good or bad. For example, just recently, the city services of Antwerp in Belgium were the victim of a highly disruptive cyberattack. 
As usual, everyone cried “foul play” and suggested that proper cybersecurity measures should have been in place. And again, as usual, it all happens a bit too late.
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Trojanized Windows 10 Installer Used in Cyberattacks Against Ukrainian Government Entities
Government entities in Ukraine have been breached as part of a new campaign that leveraged trojanized versions of Windows 10 installer files to conduct post-exploitation activities.
Mandiant, which discovered the supply chain attack around mid-July 2022, said the malicious ISO files were distributed via Ukrainian- and Russian-language Torrent websites. It’s tracking the threat cluster as UNC4166
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Microsoft warns of new Minecraft DDoS malware infecting Windows, Linux
A new cross-platform malware botnet named ‘MCCrash’ is infecting Windows, Linux, and IoT devices to conduct distributed denial of service attacks on Minecraft servers. […]
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S3 Ep113: Pwning the Windows kernel – the crooks who hoodwinked Microsoft [Audio + Text]
Return o’ the rookit, super-sneaky wireless spyware, credit card skimming, and patches galore. Listen and learn!
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Woman gets 66 months in prison for role in $3.3 million ID fraud op
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have announced today that a 24-year-old woman from Melbourne, arrested in 2019 for her role in large-scale, cyber-enabled identity theft crimes, was sentenced to five years and six months in prison. […]
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Microsoft: Edge update will disable Internet Explorer in February
Microsoft announced today that a future Microsoft Edge update would permanently disable the Internet Explorer 11 desktop web browser on some Windows 10 systems in February. […]
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FBI warns that BEC attacks now also target food shipments
Organizations in the food sector are now also targeted in business email compromise (BEC) attacks, according to a joint advisory issued by the FBI, the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA OCI), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). […]
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Colombian energy supplier EPM hit by BlackCat ransomware attack
Colombian energy company Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) suffered a BlackCat/ALPHV ransomware attack on Monday, disrupting the company’s operations and taking down online services. […]
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