VPNFilter EXIF to C2 mechanism analysed

On May 23 2018, our colleagues from Cisco Talos published their excellent analysis of VPNFilter, an IoT / router malware which exhibits some worrying characteristics. Some of the things which…

Spam and phishing in Q1 2018

Quarterly highlights Data leaks Early 2018 will be remembered for a series of data leak scandals. The most high-profile saw Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg grilled by US Congress, with many…

Air France-KLM appoints temporary CEO amid labor standoff

PARIS (AP) — Air France-KLM has appointed finance chief Frederic Gagey as interim CEO, following the resignation this month of Jean-Marc Janaillac from the post of CEO amid repeated labor…

Merkel: Europe will push back if hit with trade tariffs

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she and the leaders of France and Britain are ready to push back if the Trump administration does not permanently exempt…

DDoS attacks in Q1 2018

News overview In early January, it was reported that an amateur hacker had come close to pulling off a botnet attack using “improvised” materials. Armed with information gleaned from hacker…

Energetic Bear/Crouching Yeti: attacks on servers

Energetic Bear/Crouching Yeti is a widely known APT group active since at least 2010. The group tends to attack different companies with a strong focus on the energy and industrial…

Germany's Merkel appears open to compromise on EU reforms

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled her willingness to find compromises with France when it comes to reforming the European Union, as she hosted French President Emmanuel Macron…

Saudi crown prince visits France, seeks strategic partner

PARIS (AP) — The crown prince of Saudi Arabia arrived in Paris on Sunday, a day ahead of his first official visit to France, which is hoping to profit from…

Air France strike gathers steam; third of flights cancelled

PARIS (AP) — Some 30 percent of Air France flights have been cancelled as strikes over pay rises appear to be intensifying. Source: Business – The Eagle

Air France cancels flights amid strike over pay

PARIS (AP) — Air France says a quarter of its long-haul flights from and to Paris will be cancelled Saturday during a daylong strike over pay. Source: Business – The…

The devil’s in the Rich header

In our previous blog, we detailed our findings on the attack against the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. For this investigation, our analysts were provided with administrative access to one of…

OlympicDestroyer is here to trick the industry

A couple of days after the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, we received information from several partners, on the condition of non-disclosure (TLP:Red), about a…

Angry Air France staff hit with pepper spray at pay protest

PARIS (AP) — French riot police fired pepper spray at angry Air France employees who tried to storm a terminal at Paris’ main airport Thursday amid a strike over pay…

Tax refund, or How to lose your remaining cash

Every year, vast numbers of people around the globe relish the delightful prospect of filling out tax returns, applying for tax refunds, etc. Given that tax authorities and their taxpayers…

Spam and phishing in 2017

Figures of the year The share of spam in mail traffic came to 56.63%, down 1.68% against 2016. The biggest source of spam remains the US (13.21%). 40% of spam…

DDoS attacks in Q4 2017

News overview In terms of DDoS attacks, the last quarter of 2017 was livelier than the previous one. Some major botnets were discovered and destroyed. For instance, early December saw…

France abandons plans to build new airport in the west

PARIS (AP) — France will abandon divisive plans to build a new airport in the west, the prime minister announced Wednesday, ordering activists protesting the project for nearly a decade…

Death on Eurostar train line halts London-Paris traffic

PARIS (AP) — Train traffic between London and Paris has halted after a person was crushed to death by a Eurostar train in northern France in what officials say was…

France: Macron's government pledges to fight gender wage gap

PARIS (AP) — France’s top women’s rights official says the government is working on a “tough, concrete” plan to make companies more transparent about the pay gap between men and…

Serbia picks French firm to run Belgrade airport concession

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s government has picked France’s Vinci Airports for a 25-year concession to run the main Belgrade airport, the biggest in western Balkans. Source: Business – The…