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Articles of interest from the week of February 11, 2019

Ransomware Attack Via MSP Locks Customers Out of Systems
An attacker this week simultaneously encrypted endpoint systems and servers belonging to all customers of a US-based managed service provider by exploiting a vulnerable plugin for a remote monitoring and management tool used by the MSP. (By Jai Vijayan, DARK Reading)

Russia to Disconnect from the Internet as Part of a Planned Test
Russian authorities and major internet providers are planning to disconnect the country from the internet as part of a planned experiment, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week. (By Catalin Cimpanu, Zero Day)

Email Attacks are Still King, But RATs are Rising to Take Over Systems
The number of RATs (Remote Access Trojans) infecting machines globally doubled each quarter of 2018, scratching their way from comprising just 0.04 percent of observed malware in 2017 to over eight percent of all malicious payloads in Q4 of 2018. (By Conor Reynolds, Computer Business Review)

Phishers Target Anti-Money Laundering Officers at U.S. Credit Unions
A highly targeted, malware-laced phishing campaign landed in the inboxes of multiple credit unions last week. The missives are raising eyebrows because they were sent only to specific anti-money laundering contacts at credit unions, and many credit union sources say they suspect the non-public data may have been somehow obtained from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), an independent federal agency that insures deposits at federally insured credit unions. (By Krebs on Security)

Remote Desktop Protocol Clients Rife with Remote Code-Execution Flaws
Several flaws in both open-source RDP clients and in Microsoft's own proprietary client make it possible for a malicious RDP server to infect a client computer – which could then allow for an intrusion into the IT network as a whole. (By Tara Seals, Threatpost)

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