Threats

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Department of State

The Dept of State has several threat rss feeds, but they aren’t always up.

DHS

Threat information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the National Terrorism Advisory System and Cybersecurity alerts.

National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Alerts

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Cybersecurity

  • AA19-122A: New Exploits for Unsecure SAP Systems
    by US-CERT on May 2, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Original release date: May 02, 2019 | Last revised: May 03, 2019Summary The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is issuing this activity alert in response to recently disclosed exploits that target unsecure configurations of SAP components. [1] Technical Details A presentation at the April 2019 Operation for Community Development and Empowerment (OPCDE) cybersecurity conference describes SAP systems with unsecure configurations exposed to the internet. Typically, SAP systems are not intended to be exposed to the internet as it is an untrusted network. Malicious cyber actors can attack and compromise these unsecure systems with publicly available exploit tools, termed “10KBLAZE.” The presentation details the new exploit tools and reports on systems exposed to the internet.SAP Gateway ACLThe SAP Gateway allows non-SAP applications to communicate with SAP applications. If SAP Gateway access control lists (ACLs) are not configured […]

  • AA19-024A: DNS Infrastructure Hijacking Campaign
    by US-CERT on January 24, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Original release date: January 24, 2019 | Last revised: February 13, 2019Summary The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), part of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), is aware of a global Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure hijacking campaign. Using compromised credentials, an attacker can modify the location to which an organization’s domain name resources resolve. This enables the attacker to redirect user traffic to attacker-controlled infrastructure and obtain valid encryption certificates for an organization’s domain names, enabling man-in-the-middle attacks.See the following links for downloadable copies of open-source indicators of compromise (IOCs) from the sources listed in the References section below:IOCs (.csv)IOCs (.stix)Note: these files were last updated February 13, 2019, to remove the following three non-malicious IP […]

  • AA18-337A: SamSam Ransomware
    by US-CERT on December 3, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    Original release date: December 03, 2018Summary The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are issuing this activity alert to inform computer network defenders about SamSam ransomware, also known as MSIL/Samas.A. Specifically, this product shares analysis of vulnerabilities that cyber actors exploited to deploy this ransomware. In addition, this report provides recommendations for prevention and mitigation.The SamSam actors targeted multiple industries, including some within critical infrastructure. Victims were located predominately in the United States, but also internationally. Network-wide infections against organizations are far more likely to garner large ransom payments than infections of individual systems. Organizations that provide essential functions have a critical need to resume operations quickly and are more likely to pay larger ransoms.The actors […]

  • TA18-331A: 3ve – Major Online Ad Fraud Operation
    by US-CERT on November 27, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Original release date: November 27, 2018Systems Affected Microsoft Windows Overview This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). DHS and FBI are releasing this TA to provide information about a major online ad fraud operation—referred to by the U.S. Government as "3ve"—involving the control of over 1.7 million unique Internet Protocol (IP) addresses globally, when sampled over a 10-day window. Description Online advertisers desire premium websites on which to publish their ads and large numbers of visitors to view those ads. 3ve created fake versions of both (websites and visitors), and funneled the advertising revenue to cyber criminals. 3ve obtained control over 1.7 million unique IPs by leveraging victim computers infected with Boaxxe/Miuref and Kovter malware, as well as Border […]

  • AA18-284A: Publicly Available Tools Seen in Cyber Incidents Worldwide
    by US-CERT on October 11, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Original release date: October 11, 2018Summary This report is a collaborative research effort by the cyber security authorities of five nations: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.[1][2][3][4][5]In it we highlight the use of five publicly available tools, which have been used for malicious purposes in recent cyber incidents around the world. The five tools are:Remote Access Trojan: JBiFrostWebshell: China ChopperCredential Stealer: MimikatzLateral Movement Framework: PowerShell EmpireC2 Obfuscation and Exfiltration: HUC Packet TransmitterTo aid the work of network defenders and systems administrators, we also provide advice on limiting the effectiveness of these tools and detecting their use on a network.The individual tools we cover in this report are limited examples of the types of tools used by threat actors. You should not consider this an exhaustive list when planning your network defense.Tools and techniques for exploiting networks […]

  • TA18-276B: Advanced Persistent Threat Activity Exploiting Managed Service Providers
    by US-CERT on October 3, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Original release date: October 03, 2018Systems Affected Network Systems Overview The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) is aware of ongoing APT actor activity attempting to infiltrate the networks of global managed service providers (MSPs). Since May 2016, APT actors have used various tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) for the purposes of cyber espionage and intellectual property theft. APT actors have targeted victims in several U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including Information Technology (IT), Energy, Healthcare and Public Health, Communications, and Critical Manufacturing.This Technical Alert (TA) provides information and guidance to assist MSP customer network and system administrators with the detection of malicious activity on their networks and systems and the mitigation of associated risks. This TA includes an overview of TTPs used by APT actors in MSP network environments, recommended mitigation […]

  • TA18-276A: Using Rigorous Credential Control to Mitigate Trusted Network Exploitation
    by US-CERT on October 3, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Original release date: October 03, 2018Systems Affected Network Systems Overview This technical alert addresses the exploitation of trusted network relationships and the subsequent illicit use of legitimate credentials by Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors. It identifies APT actors' tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) and describes the best practices that could be employed to mitigate each of them. The mitigations for each TTP are arranged according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework core functions of Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover. Description APT actors are using multiple mechanisms to acquire legitimate user credentials to exploit trusted network relationships in order to expand unauthorized access, maintain persistence, and exfiltrate data from targeted organizations. Suggested best practices for administrators to mitigate this threat include auditing credentials, […]

  • TA18-275A: HIDDEN COBRA – FASTCash Campaign
    by US-CERT on October 2, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Original release date: October 02, 2018 | Last revised: December 21, 2018Systems Affected Retail Payment Systems Overview This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of the Treasury (Treasury), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Working with U.S. government partners, DHS, Treasury, and FBI identified malware and other indicators of compromise (IOCs) used by the North Korean government in an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cash-out scheme—referred to by the U.S. Government as “FASTCash.” The U.S. Government refers to malicious cyber activity by the North Korean government as HIDDEN COBRA. For more information on HIDDEN COBRA activity, visit https://www.us-cert.gov/hiddencobra.FBI has high confidence that HIDDEN COBRA actors are using the IOCs listed in this report to maintain a presence on victims’ networks to enable network exploitation. […]

  • TA18-201A: Emotet Malware
    by US-CERT on July 20, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    Original release date: July 20, 2018Systems Affected Network Systems Overview Emotet is an advanced, modular banking Trojan that primarily functions as a downloader or dropper of other banking Trojans. Emotet continues to be among the most costly and destructive malware affecting state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments, and the private and public sectors.This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) analytic efforts, in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). Description Emotet continues to be among the most costly and destructive malware affecting SLTT governments. Its worm-like features result in rapidly spreading network-wide infection, which are difficult to combat. Emotet infections have cost SLTT governments up to $1 million per incident to remediate.Emotet is an […]

  • TA18-149A: HIDDEN COBRA – Joanap Backdoor Trojan and Brambul Server Message Block Worm
    by US-CERT on May 29, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Original release date: May 29, 2018 | Last revised: May 31, 2018Systems Affected Network systems Overview This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Working with U.S. government partners, DHS and FBI identified Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and other indicators of compromise (IOCs) associated with two families of malware used by the North Korean government:a remote access tool (RAT), commonly known as Joanap; anda Server Message Block (SMB) worm, commonly known as Brambul.The U.S. Government refers to malicious cyber activity by the North Korean government as HIDDEN COBRA. For more information on HIDDEN COBRA activity, visit https://www.us-cert.gov/hiddencobra.FBI has high confidence that HIDDEN COBRA actors are using the IP addresses—listed in this report’s IOC files—to maintain a presence on victims’ networks and […]

DOJ and FBI

Information from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI focused on federal law enforcement, significant cases in the news, and other alerts.

FBI Top Stories

  • Gone Phishing
    on June 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

    A fraudster who conducted a text message-based phishing scam to steal bank information—and used that information to steal thousands of dollars from victims—is now behind bars. […]

  • Cyberstalker Sentenced
    on June 10, 2019 at 9:55 am

    A man who conducted a relentless campaign of online harassment against a law school interviewer after not being accepted to the school is now serving a federal prison sentence. […]

  • New National Academy Grads
    on June 7, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General William Barr emphasized coordination and communication between federal, state, local, and international agencies in remarks today to more than 250 law enforcement officers graduating from the FBI’s National Academy. […]

  • National Academy Student Marks Milestone
    on June 7, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Belize Police Department Inspector Sherlet Ramclam, a single mother of four and the country's first female delegate to the FBI National Academy, hopes her experience will shape the future of her country's national law enforcement agency. […]

  • Stolen Secrets Saved
    on June 6, 2019 at 7:00 am

    A Chinese national who stole medical device research trade secrets from his employer in California—with the goal of creating a competing Chinese company—has been convicted and sentenced. […]

  • The Neighborhood Spy
    on June 3, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Though it occurred decades ago, the case of American engineer William Holden Bell, who betrayed his country through espionage, still provides lessons and warning signs for today. […]

  • Stop Sextortion
    on May 30, 2019 at 8:50 am

    The FBI is seeing a growing number of cases involving young people who are manipulated, threatened, or coerced into creating explicit content by an adult online. […]

  • New Top Ten Fugitive
    on May 28, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Eugene Palmer, wanted for allegedly killing his daughter-in-law outside her home in Stony Point, New York, has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. […]

  • Still in the Fight
    on May 24, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    The FBI and Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment joined for a networking and training event to celebrate their long-standing partnership and expose the Marines to career opportunities in law enforcement and national security agencies. […]

  • Arson Plot Revealed
    on May 20, 2019 at 6:14 am

    A Kentucky couple nearly escaped prosecution for setting a fire that burned their home to the ground and led to the death of a firefighter until a new FBI agent’s search for fresh evidence helped bring them to justice. […]

  • National Police Week 2019
    on May 16, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    The FBI joins the nation in honoring local, state, and federal law enforcement officers—including its own agents—who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. […]

  • Seeking Tips, Pursuing Justice
    on May 13, 2019 at 9:43 am

    During Police Week, the FBI is intensifying its efforts to identify and arrest fugitives believed to be involved in the assault or murder of law enforcement officers. […]

  • Honoring Special Agent Edwin R. Woodriffe
    on May 10, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    As the FBI celebrates 100 years of African-American special agents, we remember the first African-American FBI agent killed in the line of duty, who was honored during a street renaming ceremony in his native Brooklyn, New York, 50 years after his death. […]

  • New Top Ten Fugitive
    on May 8, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Arnoldo Jimenez, an Illinois man wanted for allegedly murdering his new bride less than 24 hours after marrying her, has been named to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. […]

  • LEOKA Report Released
    on May 6, 2019 at 7:39 am

    A total of 106 officers were killed in the line of duty last year—an increase from 2017—according to the FBI's Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2018 report, released today. […]

Kidnappings and Missing Persons

  • Change in Computing Platform May Affect Published Crime Data
    on June 11, 2019 at 1:00 am

    The Uniform Crime Reporting Program has transitioned from its legacy data collection system to a more modern reporting platform. This change may result in differences in UCR data from previous years. Program participants should use caution when analyzing data. […]

  • Criminal Justice Agencies Invited to Review and Comment on New N-DEx IEPD
    on May 28, 2019 at 11:04 am

    The National Data Exchange (N-DEx) System’s Information Exchange Package Documentation (IEPD) is available for public review and comments until July 9, 2019. […]

  • Ohio and Tennessee Enroll as National Use-of-Force Data Collection Bulk Contributors
    on May 14, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Ohio and Tennessee are early enrollers for bulk submissions of use-of-force incidents in the FBI’s new National Use of Force Data Collection. […]

  • National Palm Print System
    on April 30, 2019 at 7:30 am

    The FBI’s National Palm Print System (NPPS) has dramatically improved law enforcement access to palm prints previously stored within local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agency databases. […]

  • 2019 Preliminary Data on Law Enforcement Officer Deaths Available
    on April 16, 2019 at 8:00 am

    The FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted Program frequently updates the preliminary data on officer deaths for the current year on its webpage on fbi.gov. […]

  • NIBRS: 30 FAQs
    on April 3, 2019 at 7:43 am

    The UCR Program will transition from the Summary Reporting System to the National Incident Based Reporting System by January 1, 2021. The CJIS Division has compiled a list of 30 frequently asked questions you may have about the transition. […]

  • 2018 Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report Released
    on March 19, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    The 2018 Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, released February 26, shows declines in both violent crime and property crime in the first half of 2018. […]

  • N-DEx System Helps Investigators Outwit Offenders
    on March 6, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    The FBI’s National Data Exchange (N-DEx) System proves instrumental in helping officers identify and locate probation absconders, felony warrant subjects, and a violent gang member. […]

  • CJIS Division: 2018 Year in Review
    on February 19, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    The 2018 Year in Review demonstrates the CJIS Division’s commitment to provide the best possible tools to help its partners fight crime and terrorism. […]

  • 2017 NIBRS Crime Data Released
    on February 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    The FBI released information on more than 6 million criminal offenses submitted to its National Incident-Based Reporting System last year, as law enforcement continues transitioning to the more robust system. […]

  • FBI Announces Launch of National Use-Of-Force Data Collection
    on December 11, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    The official launch of the National Use-of-Force Data Collection, which offers a comprehensive view of use-of-force incidents, will take place on January 1, 2019. […]

  • National Instant Criminal Background Check System Celebrates 20 Years of Service
    on November 30, 2018 at 9:10 am

    For two decades, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has been ascertaining a person’s eligibility under law to receive or possess a firearm. […]

  • 2017 Hate Crime Statistics Released
    on November 27, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    The number of hate crime incidents reported to the FBI increased about 17 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year, according to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program’s annual Hate Crime Statistics report. […]

  • N-DEx Helps Sheriff’s Office Locate Two Felons
    on November 7, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    The FBI’s National Data Exchange (N-DEx) System was instrumental in helping the Troup County Sheriff's Office in Georgia locate two wanted felons. […]

  • CJIS Link
    on June 2, 2016 at 10:12 am

    The CJIS Link is a publication that tells our partners about new services and system capabilities, as well as relevant changes in policy. […]

FBI Intelligence