Chinese ‘Gallium’ Hackers Using New PingPull Malware in Cyberespionage Attacks

A Chinese advanced persistent threat (APT) known as Gallium has been observed using a previously undocumented remote access trojan in its espionage attacks targeting companies operating in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. Called PingPull, the “difficult-to-detect” backdoor is notable for its use of the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) for command-and-control (C2) communications, according to…

MIT Researchers Discover New Flaw in Apple M1 CPUs That Can’t Be Patched

A novel hardware attack dubbed PACMAN has been demonstrated against Apple’s M1 processor chipsets, potentially arming a malicious actor with the capability to gain arbitrary code execution on macOS systems. It leverages “speculative execution attacks to bypass an important memory protection mechanism, ARM Pointer Authentication, a security feature that is used to enforce pointer integrity,”…