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“Drovorub” Is The Latest Cyber Threat To Come Out Of Russia

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Russia’s elite state-run hacking groups are known as some of the best in the biz, with a history of attacks stretchingback well beyond what we saw during the last presidential election. Now, the NSA and FBI are giving us a window into one of the latest tricks of the trade these malevolent actors use when sneaking through computer software: “Drovorub.”

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The two agencies outlined the specs on this new strain of Russian malware in a joint security memo released yesterday. According to the team, the malware was engineered by the cyber-espionage group Fancy Bear, best known for allegedly targeting everything from the Democratic National Committee to the Department of Energy.

According to the teams behind the report, the name “Drovorub”—which the US cybersecurity team just found embedded in some of the files associated with this malware—roughly translates into English as “chopping down a tree”: from drovo (дрово) which means “firewood,” and rub (руб) which means “to fell.” Per the team, this strain of malware was the culprit behind a wave of 2019 cyber attacks against an untold number of corporate printers, VoIP phones, and other IoT devices.

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The full advisory is a whopping 45 pages explaining the ins and outs of how this specific strain of malware operates. According to the documents, Drovorub is specifically engineered to break into computers running older versions of Linux Kernel. The Department of Defense itself and associated defense contractors have been known to run Linux for a variety of purposes. Once inside those vulnerable systems, the malware can download or upload any files from the infected device, or execute any other sorts of “arbitrary commands.”

As one cybersecurity researcher told ZDNet, it’s kind of like the “swiss-army knife” of Russian malware that can give the attacker near-complete control over the device in question, along with any files it might have stored therein—which isn’t great if the device belongs to a government contractor.

That said, even though the feds are the main target that Fancy Bear might be setting their sights on, they’re far from the only folks at risk from these sorts of shenanigans. Back in 2017, researchers found this group tapping into the wifi networks in popular hotel chains, which would leave the door open to a guest getting their email addresses and passwords—and potentially their credit card details—siphoned off. More recently, we’ve also seen them attack Democratic think tanks, a Ukrainian Gas company, and more than a dozen athletic organizations that were accusing Russia of doping its Olympic athletes.

The main purpose of the FBI’s alert—and the more than 40 pages of notes that came along with it—is to “raise awareness” among the IT crowds across the country, so they aren’t blindsided by these sorts of bad actors before it’s too late. Luckily there’s a stupendously easy recommendation to avoid the damaging and hard-to-detect Drovorub: run any Linux Kernel released after 2012.

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Or at least that should be easy. Huge, slow-moving organizations like the DoD struggle with running up-to-date software. Considering we’re already seeing some malware-y threats targeting the coming election, maybe this could be a good reminder to, uh, upgrade those systems.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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