MITRE Gets NERVe-Wracked: Cyberattack Downs Research Giant, No Data Theft Reported

MITRE’s got cyber woes, thanks to some stealthy Chinese threat actors. They snuck past VPN guards, playing digital twister with zero-days, and turned NERVE into a nerve-racking tale of hijacked sessions. No data heist, just a hefty dose of disruption. Patch it up, folks, and watch out for those virtual backdoors!

Hot Take:

When the brainiacs at MITRE get a cyber-boo-boo, you know it’s not just your grandma’s Facebook account at risk anymore. The cyber baddies have gone all Mission Impossible, using “zero-days” like Tom Cruise uses harnesses. But hey, at least they didn’t swipe any data… that we know of. So, it’s like a digital B&E sans the theft—just a courtesy “we could’ve taken your secrets” note left on the virtual fridge.

Key Points:

  • MITRE, the not-for-profit smarty-pants club, got a taste of cyber sour grapes early this year.
  • They played it cool with a breach notification, but the NERVE (literally their network’s name) took a hit.
  • Some digital ninjas used a fancy double-trouble Ivanti Connect Secure flaw to waltz past the MFA bouncer.
  • Ivanti’s been patching like a pirate with a leaky ship, but those pesky exploits keep coming.
  • The U.S. cyber-bosses at CISA had to holler an “all hands on deck” to get those patches plastered ASAP.
Cve id: CVE-2024-21887
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: hackerone
Cve date updated: 01/12/2024
Cve description: A command injection vulnerability in web components of Ivanti Connect Secure (9.x, 22.x) and Ivanti Policy Secure (9.x, 22.x) allows an authenticated administrator to send specially crafted requests and execute arbitrary commands on the appliance.

Cve id: CVE-2023-46805
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: hackerone
Cve date updated: 01/12/2024
Cve description: An authentication bypass vulnerability in the web component of Ivanti ICS 9.x, 22.x and Ivanti Policy Secure allows a remote attacker to access restricted resources by bypassing control checks.

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MITRE's Cyber Ouchie

Imagine MITRE, the cyber-shepherds that herd all the brainy sheep, getting digitally dunked on. Yep, the R&D wizards spotted some sneaky shenanigans in their NERVE center. They put the kibosh on it swiftly, but not before the mystery attackers took a magic carpet ride through their network. It's like a digital Whac-A-Mole, but the moles are wearing invisibility cloaks.

Double Trouble, Ivanti's Bubble

So, these cyber-burglars chained two Ivanti zero-day vulnerabilities, like some high-tech handcuffs, to gatecrash MITRE's VPN party. They didn't just crash it; they threw their own after-party, sidestepping the MFA DJ and doing the conga line across the network. Meanwhile, Ivanti's sitting in the corner, frantically stitching patches onto their VPN like a grandma knitting a sweater before winter hits.

Global Game of Hide and Exploit

Now, pull out your spy novel decoder ring because these attacks had "foreign nation-state threat actor" written all over them. BleepingComputer, playing detective, unearthed another clue pointing to Chinese-sponsored cyber-sneaks. With over 2,000 Ivanti machines morphing into digital leaky faucets, CISA had to step in with a "fix it now" megaphone alert. It's like calling the neighborhood watch when you realize the thieves have a master key.

Patching Up the Digital Dam

Back at Ivanti HQ, they're probably playing whack-a-bug with every patch release, only to find more gremlins giggling in the code. It's like a digital game of peek-a-boo, but nobody's laughing. Meanwhile, everyone's eyes are peeled for the next cyber-circus act. Will the tightrope of security hold, or will the cyber-acrobats take another swing at it? Stay tuned, grab your popcorn, and don't forget to update your software, folks!