The threat has been issued by Anonymous, a politically motivated group of hacktivists, according to Symantec.
A Middle East-based group of hackers has issued a threat warning of cyber attacks against oil, gas and energy companies in the Middle East, security firm Symantec has revealed.
The threat, made by Anonymous, a politically motivated group of hacktivists, states that they are planning to attack before, during, and after June 20, 2014.
This is due to Anonymous disagreeing with the US dollar being used as the currency to buy and sell oil, Symantec said.
According to the security firm, governments that may be attacked include those in Saudi Arabia Kuwait and Qatar.
Some of the possible company targets include Kuwait Oil Company, Petroleum Development Oman, Qatar Petroleum, Saudi Aramco, ADNOC, ENOC and Bahrain Petroleum Company.
A recent ATM skimming attack in which thieves used a specialized device to physically insert malicious software into a cash machine may be a harbinger of more sophisticated scams to come.
According to local press reports (and supplemented by an interview with an employee at one of the local banks who asked not to be named), the insertion of the circuit board caused the software running on the ATMs to crash, temporarily leaving the cash machine with a black, empty screen. The thieves would then remove the device. Soon after, the machine would restart, and begin recording the card and PINs entered by customers who used the compromised machines.
The Macau government alleges that the accused would return a few days after infecting the ATMs to collect the stolen card numbers and PINs. To do this, the thieves would reinsert the specialized chip card to retrieve the purloined data, and then a separate chip card to destroy evidence of the malware. Here’s a look at the devices that Macau authorities say the accused used to insert the malware into ATMs (I’m working on getting clearer photos of this hardware):
And finally, a close-up of one end of the skimming board itself:
Security experts at Kaspersky Lab have discovered a new banking trojan, dubbed Banker.AndroidOS.Basti.a, hidden in a fake WeChat application.
Cyber criminals are abusing of the brand WeChat, the popular mobile application designed by Chinese company Tencent, to arrange a malware campaign which hit Chinese users.
Experts at Kaspersky Lab have discovered that cybercriminals are using an application for Android that looks like the legitimate WeChat to request permissions necessary to control the victim’s mobile (e.g. Receive SMS, Access to the Internet), in reality it is a new banking Trojan, dubbed by the researchers Banker.AndroidOS.Basti.a.