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Infoblox Threat Intel Discovers Muddling Meerkat, a DNS Operation Controlling China’s Great Firewall

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Muddling Meerkat utilizes sophisticated DNS activities, likely propagated by Chinese state actors, to bypass traditional security measures and probe networks worldwideWith market-leading DNS expertise, backed by data science and AI, Infoblox Threat Intel hunts, tracks and stops threats lurking in DNS, up to 60+ days before other security toolsInfoblox Threat Intel enables Infoblox BloxOne® Threat Defense customers to see who and what connects to their network – disrupting threat actors’ operations and infrastructure pre-incidentInfoblox introduces Zero Day DNS™ feature that detects and blocks attacks launched from domains immediately used after registration as part of a zero trust model for DNSSANTA CLARA, Calif., April 29, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Infoblox Inc., a leader in cloud networking and security services, today announced that its threat intel researchers, in collaboration with external researchers, have uncovered “Muddling Meerkat,” a likely PRC state actor with the ability to control the Great Firewall (GFW) of China, a system that censors and manipulates traffic entering and exiting China’s internet. This DNS threat actor is particularly sophisticated in its ability to bypass traditional security measures, as it conducts operations by creating large volumes of widely distributed DNS queries that are subsequently propagated through the internet through open DNS resolvers. Infoblox leveraged its deep understanding and unique access to DNS to discover this cyberthreat, pre-incident, blocking its domains to ensure its customers are safe.

“Infoblox Threat Intel eats, sleeps, and breathes DNS data,” said Dr. Renée Burton, Vice President, Infoblox Threat Intel. “Our unrelenting focus on DNS, using cutting-edge data science and AI, has enabled our global team of threat hunters to be the first to discover Muddling Meerkat lurking in the shadows and produce critical threat intelligence for our customers. This actor’s complex operations demonstrates a strong understanding of DNS, stressing the importance of having a DNS detection and response (DNSDR) strategy in place to stop sophisticated threats like Muddling Meerkat.”
The moniker “Muddling Meerkat” was given to describe the actor as an animal that appears cute, but in reality it can be dangerous, living in a complex network of burrows underground, and out of view. From a technical perspective, “Meerkat” references the abuse of open resolvers, particularly through the use of DNS mail exchange (MX) records. “Muddling” refers to the bewildering nature of their operations.
With a deep understanding of and visibility into DNS, Infoblox Threat Intel can see attacker infrastructure as it’s created, stopping both known and emerging threats earlier. With 46M unique threat indicators detected in 2023 and a practically non-existent false positive rate of 0.0002%, Infoblox Threat Intel detected 82% of threats before or at the first query thus far in 2024 leveraging our patent pending threat intelligence system along with Infoblox’s new Zero Day DNS capability. The threat actor, Muddling Meerkat, has been operating covertly since at least October 2019. At first glance, its operations look like Slow Drip distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, however, it is unlikely DDoS is their ultimate goal. The motivation of the actor is unknown, though they may be performing reconnaissance or prepositioning for future attacks.
Muddling Meerkat demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of DNS that is uncommon among threat actors today – clearly pointing out that DNS is a powerful weapon leveraged by adversaries.
The research further shows that their operations:
Induce responses from the Great Firewall, including false MX records from the Chinese IP address space. This highlights a novel use of national infrastructure as a fundamental part of their strategy.Trigger DNS queries for MX and other record types to domains not owned by the actor, but which reside under well-known top-level domains such as .com and .org. This tactic highlights the use of distraction and obfuscation techniques to hide the real intended purpose.Utilize super-aged domains, typically registered prior to the year 2000, enabling the actor to blend in with other DNS traffic and avoid detection. This further highlights the threat actor’s understanding of both DNS and existing security controls.The full report on Muddling Meerkat can be found here.
Infoblox Threat Intel Gets a Bold New Look, Demonstrating Industry-Leading Commitment to DNS Threat Intelligence
Infoblox Threat Intel is the leading creator of original DNS threat intelligence in the market today. The group, led by Dr. Renée Burton, a 22-year veteran of NSA, is composed of researchers across five countries who have deep expertise in DNS, data science, ML/AI, intelligence analysis, software reverse engineering, and malicious spam detection. Infoblox put a new focus on the team’s public identity to distinguish itself from the sea of threat intel aggregators – highlighting its expertise in original DNS threat research.
Throughout the past year, Infoblox Threat Intel was the first to report other DNS threat actors, all of which had gone undetected for over a year by the rest of the industry. These include DNS C2 malware toolkit Decoy Dog, malicious link shortening service provider Prolific Puma, the most extensive known cybercriminal traffic distribution system VexTrio Viper (aka VexTrio), and DNS CNAME redirection network provider Savvy Seahorse. These publications represent a small fraction of the number of DNS threat actors Infoblox Threat Intel has discovered and are tracking.
“The sheer mass of threat actors effectively hiding in the DNS should be a wakeup call for every defender to make DNS threat intelligence an essential part of their strategy,” added Burton. “Why? Because more than 92%2 of malware utilizes DNS.”
The most effective way to protect against these sophisticated threats is with DNS Detection and Response systems like Infoblox’s BloxOne® Threat Defense. Unlike other security solutions that are malware and post-event centric, Infoblox Threat Intel uses a multi-pronged approach to discover threats in DNS.
Introducing Zero Day DNS, the Newest Feature within BloxOne Threat Defense
Infoblox’s new cloud-based Zero Day DNS™ augments the existing methods to detect and block possible threats from domains that are registered by threat actors just minutes to hours before being used in an attack. It is a zero trust model for DNS that leverages the extensive visibility Infoblox has to rapidly adjudicate hundreds of thousands of new domains in near real time every day.
While most domains are aged before they are used by attackers, Infoblox has discovered an alarming trend over the last 18 months, where threat actors register lookalike domains and immediately use them in targeted attacks. Zero Day DNS was designed specifically to address this risk.
Zero Day DNS is tailored to individual customer networks, providing a new form of custom threat intel for Infoblox BloxOne Threat Defense Advanced Cloud customers. This capability provides the earliest defense against spearphishing attacks, which were responsible for 66% of all data breaches in 2023 according to Barracuda Networks annual report on phishing trends.1 Initial results show that Zero Day DNS can detect novel threats without risk of blocking vital network access. Over 16% of the flagged domains were deemed malicious within 48 hours by other analytics.
“Zero Day DNS is not just a nice to have, but a strategic advantage in an environment where threat actors, particularly ransomware actors, are using a domain immediately after registration for spearphishing,” added Burton.
Meet Infoblox Threat Intel
Dr. Burton will discuss Muddling Meerkat at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, May 6-9. Live sessions will be held at Booth S-726. Visit this here to request a meeting with Infoblox at RSAC 2024.
Additionally, Dr. Burton is hosting a webinar titled: Infoblox Threat Intel – Disrupting Cybercrime Where it Begins – DNS, on May 8 at 10 am PDT. Register to attend here.
About InfobloxInfoblox unites networking and security to deliver unmatched performance and protection. Trusted by Fortune 100 companies and emerging innovators, we provide real-time visibility and control over who and what connects to your network, so your organization runs faster and stops threats earlier. Visit Infoblox.com, or follow-us on LinkedIn or Twitter.
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1 https://www.barracuda.com/reports/spear-phishing-trends-20232 https://executivegov.com/2020/06/anne-neuberger-on-nsas-secure-dns-pilot-program/
 
 
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Metabolon Now Includes Spectral Data Files for All Global Discovery Panel Projects

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MORRISVILLE, N.C., May 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Metabolon, Inc., the global leader in providing metabolomics solutions advancing a wide variety of life science research, diagnostic, therapeutic development, and precision medicine applications, today announced the availability of spectral data files as an option for Global Discovery Panel projects, providing clients with an enhanced level of detail and transparency in metabolomics analysis. The addition of spectral data further complements Metabolon’s robust suite of metabolomics offerings, including the largest Level 1 library of metabolites, an advanced bioinformatics platform, and expert scientific support.

Spectral data is the initial data generated during a mass spectrometry (MS)- based metabolomic analysis. Spectral data contains a wealth of information about the metabolites present in a sample, including their chemical structure, concentration, and interactions with other molecules. Metabolon facilitates further exploration of the dark metabolome and validation of findings by offering spectral data files as an option with Global Discovery Panel projects. These data should enable the discovery of unique metabolites and biomarkers.
“The availability of spectral data enhancement not only provides clients with a more comprehensive view of their metabolomics data but also reinforces our commitment to transparency and delivering unparalleled value to our clients,” said Ro Hastie, CEO at Metabolon.
This significant update underscores Metabolon’s commitment to providing comprehensive and actionable insights to empower scientific discoveries and drive advancements in healthcare and multiomics research. Visit https://www.metabolon.com/ to learn more about how Metabolon deciphers thousands of discrete chemical signals to discover biomarkers and reveal biological pathways.
About Metabolon Metabolon, Inc. is the global leader in metabolomics, with a mission to deliver biochemical data and insights that expand and accelerate the impact of life sciences research and complement other ‘omics’ technologies. With more than 20 years, 10,000+ projects, 3,000+ publications, and ISO 9001:2015, CLIA, and CAP certifications, Metabolon has developed industry-leading scientific, technology, and bioinformatics techniques.  Metabolon’s Global Discovery Panel is enabled by the world’s largest proprietary metabolomics reference library. Metabolon’s industry-leading data and translational science expertise help customers and partners address some of the most challenging and pressing questions in the life sciences, accelerating research and enhancing development success. The company offers scalable, customizable multiomics solutions, including metabolomics and lipidomics supporting customer needs from discovery through clinical trials and product life-cycle management. For more information, please visit www.metabolon.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About MetabolomicsMetabolomics, the large-scale study of all small molecules in a biological system, is the only ‘omics technology that provides a complete current-state functional readout of a biological system. Metabolomics helps researchers see beyond the genetic variation of individuals, capturing the combined impact of genetic as well as external factors such as the effect of drugs, diet, lifestyle, and the microbiome on human health. By measuring thousands of discrete chemical signals that form biological pathways in the body, metabolomics can reveal important biomarkers enabling a better understanding of a drug’s mechanism of action, pharmacodynamics, and safety profile, as well as individual responses to therapy.
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Caseware Introduces AiDA: The AI-Powered Digital Assistant Changing the Face of Accounting and Audit

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TORONTO, May 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Caseware International, a global leader in cloud-enabled audit, financial reporting and data analytics solutions, is delighted to announce the pre-launch availability of Caseware AiDA, its Artificial Intelligence digital assistant. As the latest enhancement to the industry-leading Caseware Cloud platform, AiDA complements Caseware’s comprehensive suite of solutions created with accounting, audit and finance professionals in mind.

AiDA is designed to enhance efficiency, ensure compliance and provide precise, context-aware responses to profession-specific enquiries enabling accounting, audit and finance experts to work more efficiently, collaborate with greater effectiveness and gain deeper insights.
Whether providing timely responses to methodology or compliance questions, supporting the processing and analysis of audit evidence, or assisting with the production of key audit workpapers and deliverables, AiDA empowers professional users to achieve more with less effort. This will, in turn, drive practice growth and power the financial success of clients.
David Osborne, Chief Executive Officer at Caseware International remarked, “Caseware AiDA is the future. Our vision is to place powerful tools in the hands of our clients, enabling them to do their work better than they have ever done before. This release is just the beginning of a wave of innovation in AI and it demonstrates the focus we have on our accelerated roadmap to build out our offering on the Caseware Cloud platform. Caseware AiDA offers powerful digital assistance to accountants and is further proof of the ways in which Caseware is underpinning the relevance of the profession.”
Some of the benefits to be gained from Caseware AiDA include:
Enhanced workflow efficiency with precision and relevance – whether summarizing lengthy PDFs or providing informed answers about your documentation in the moment, AiDA helps you work smarter, not harder.Reassurance around security and compliance – with AiDA, no prompts are stored or fed back into the model. Users can trust AiDA to maintain the highest data security and compliance standards that Caseware has always delivered for the profession.Assistance with routine tasks – AiDA assists with mundane tasks, enabling professionals to focus on strategic decision-making.Focus on quality output – AiDA delivers a safe and fit-for-purpose resource which ensures efficient workflows for clients.Feedback on AiDA has underscored the demand for tailored, secure AI solutions in professional environments. Danielle Supkis Cheek, VP, Head of Analytics and AI at Caseware International commented, “We recently showcased AiDA to a number of clients beyond our beta phase community at Caseware’s 2024 North American User Group. The response was phenomenal and, in line with our roadmap, we’re excited to continue to enhance AiDA based on user feedback and technological advancements.”
Currently available to Caseware Cloud customers in the United States for early access, AiDA will ultimately be available across the globe and, specifically, in Australia, Canada and Europe later this year. Soon, AiDA will be a core component of all cloud-enabled solutions, across all regions. AiDA’s capabilities are constantly evolving, including better context awareness in document interactions and more extensive support for multilingual queries. AiDA is set to transform how professionals in the accounting and audit fields manage their tasks, offering unparalleled support and efficiency.
Caseware AiDA (pronounced AY-duh) draws inspiration from Ada Lovelace, whose impact on scientific computing continues to influence generations of technologists and mathematicians around the world.
Caseware encourages users to explore AiDA’s features and experience the future of digital assistance. To see AiDA in action, join us at ENGAGE at the ARIA Resort & Casino from June 3-6 or sign up to hear more from Danielle Supkis Cheek at the Streamlining Audits with AI: Efficiency and Quality Gains webinar taking place at 11:00 AM ET on July, 18.
About Caseware InternationalCaseware is the leading global provider of desktop and cloud-enabled solutions for audit, assurance, financial reporting and data analytics for accounting firms, corporations, and government regulators. Caseware’s innovative tools and platforms help more than half a million customers in 130 countries work smarter, dig deeper and see further as they transform insights into impact. For more information, visit www.caseware.com.
 
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LONGi announces the “Lighthouse Project” to expand the agile intelligent manufacturing to more of its own production bases across the globe

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JIAXING, China, May 28, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On May 23rd, LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “LONGi “), a global leader in solar technology, officially announced the “Lighthouse Project”, which will continue to rapidly expand the agile intelligent manufacturing model of LONGi’s Jiaxing Lighthouse Factory to more production and manufacturing bases, achieving a comprehensive upgrade of production intelligent manufacturing capabilities. This sets a digitalization benchmark for high-quality development in the PV industry and leads the way forward.

The first “Lighthouse Factory” in the global PV industry – LONGi’s Jiaxing Production Base, lifted the mysterious veil for the public. An experience group composed of industry experts, customer representatives, and media journalists became the first visitors to LONGi’s Jiaxing Lighthouse Factory, immersing themselves in the production line and experiencing the charm of “Lighthouse Factory” intelligent manufacturing.
Established in 2020, LONGi’s Jiaxing Production Base mainly produces LONGi’s BC (Back-Contact) series of high-efficiency solar modules. It has Phase I, II, and III factories, covering a total area of more than 1,300 acres, with 51 intelligent production lines and an overall module production capacity exceeding 35GW, making it one of the largest industrial clusters in the industry.
On December 14, 2023, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released a new batch of “Lighthouse Network” lists, and LONGi’s Jiaxing Production Base was the only factory in the global PV industry to be included. This signifies that LONGi’s achievements in intelligent manufacturing and digitalization are leading globally, becoming a representative of advanced manufacturing, and the first global “Lighthouse Factory” in the PV industry has attracted much attention.
During this close-up experience at LONGi’s Jiaxing Lighthouse Factory, all members of the experience group expressed their shock and unprecedentedly felt the disruptive upgrade of AI intelligence to traditional industry. The innovation of LONGi’s Jiaxing Lighthouse Factory is not only in the transformation of production line automation and intelligence but also in the reconstruction of production relations. AI intelligence has become the brain of production management, continuously innovating autonomously based on big data models, achieving a truly meaningful intelligent manufacturing upgrade and self-driving force, and safeguarding quality and efficiency.
LONGi’s Jiaxing Lighthouse Factory has built over 30 digital use cases, achieving a 43% increase in product quality reliability, an 84% reduction in product production and delivery cycle, and a 20% reduction in overall unit energy consumption at the base, becoming a model of high-quality development in the photovoltaic industry.
The most core aspect of LONGi’s Jiaxing Lighthouse Factory is the five major coolest technologies. AI intelligent distribution of solar cells realizes precise delivery of customer needs, ensuring efficient production by intelligently optimizing daily production plans. More flexible automation in production ensures the standardization of each link in the module production process, fully meeting the customized scene requirements of customers. AI quality inspection throughout the entire life cycle of product production leaves no place for quality hazards, ensuring the quality of the product is as solid as a rock. The end-to-end delivery system has reconstructed the intelligent management of order production and delivery cycles, achieving rapid and high-quality satisfaction of customer product needs. Intelligent human resource management has greatly improved production efficiency while enhancing the innovation of employees, transforming each excellent skill and experience into data, continuously optimizing skills and management autonomously, ensuring the optimal arrangement of order demands and human resources, and effectively guaranteeing high-quality product output.
The combination of artificial intelligence, big data, cloud platforms, and industrial muscles is the four elements that make LONGi’s Jiaxing Lighthouse Factory successful, and also the core of LONGi’s intelligent manufacturing. LONGi’s BC (Back-Contact) full-scene products have also reached a new level under the support of LONGi’s intelligent manufacturing. The reason why TaiRay silicon wafers, HPBC2.0, Hi-MO 9, Hi-MO X6 Max, and other major products have concentrated on explosions this year is due to LONGi’s intelligent manufacturing’s absolute satisfaction in understanding customer needs.
LONGi’s Vice President Zhang Haimeng said in his keynote speech: Since the official announcement of BC (Back-Contact) technology last September, LONGi has released multiple new scene-based module products. Whether it is anti-dust accumulation or heat and humidity resistance, the core purpose is to meet the customized needs of customers through differentiated innovation. All of this is inseparable from the confidence in production strength brought by LONGi’s intelligent manufacturing, and it is also the strong support of LONGi’s intelligent manufacturing that has truly implemented “customer-centric.”
During the panel session of the day, Hu Zhifeng, Head of Intelligent Manufacturing Department, Module Manufacturing Center of LONGi, revealed that the newly launched Hi-MO X6 Max modules will be officially put into production at LONGi’s Jiaxing Lighthouse Factory in the near future. With the help of digital and intelligent means, product quality is improved, and energy consumption is reduced. “Use the most advanced production technology to achieve the highest level of technical products and create higher value for customers.”
LONGi has always adhered to the core value of customer value, providing customers with high-value and reliable products as its own responsibility, continuously exploring new paths for the clean energy industry, from efficiency research and development to product and solution scenario, from traditional manufacturing to intelligent manufacturing driven by digitalization, step by step towards a green energy world, leading the global energy transition with LONGi’s intelligent manufacturing.
About LONGi
Founded in 2000, LONGi is committed to being the world’s leading solar technology company, focusing on customer-driven value creation for full scenario energy transformation.
Under its mission of ‘making the best of solar energy to build a green world’, LONGi has dedicated itself to technology innovation and established five business sectors, covering mono silicon wafers cells and modules, commercial & industrial distributed solar solutions, green energy solutions and hydrogen equipment. The company has honed its capabilities to provide green energy and has more recently, also embraced green hydrogen products and solutions to support global zero carbon development. www.longi.com 
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