A threat actor with potential links to an Indian cybersecurity company has been nothing if remarkably persistent in its attacks against military organizations based in South Asia, including Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, since at least September 2020 by deploying different variants of its bespoke malware framework. Slovak cybersecurity firm ESET attributed the highly targeted attack to a hacking group known as Donot Team.
VirusTotal, the popular online service for analyzing suspicious files, URLs and IP addresses, can be used to collect credentials stolen by malware, researchers at SafeBreach have found. With a €600 VirusTotal license, they have managed to collect more than 1,000,000 credentials just by executing simple searches with a few tools.
A new ransomware family called 'White Rabbit' appeared in the wild recently, and according to recent research findings, could be a side-operation of the FIN8 hacking group. The first public mention of the White Rabbit ransomware was in a tweet by ransomware expert Michael Gillespie, seeking a sample of the malware.
The U.S. Cyber Command on Wednesday officially confirmed MuddyWater's ties to the Iranian intelligence apparatus, while simultaneously detailing the various tools and tactics adopted by the espionage actor to burrow into victim networks. "MuddyWater has been seen using a variety of techniques to maintain access to victim networks," USCYBERCOM's Cyber National Mission Force said in a statement.
US Cyber Command has officially linked the Iranian-backed MuddyWatter hacking group to Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security. MOIS is the Iran government's leading intelligence agency, tasked with coordinating the country's intelligence and counterintelligence, as well as covert actions supporting the Islamic regime's goals beyond Iran's borders.
Trojanized installers of the Telegram messaging application are being used to distribute the Windows-based Purple Fox backdoor on compromised systems. First discovered in 2018, Purple Fox comes with rootkit capabilities that allow the malware to be planted beyond the reach of security solutions and evade detection.
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"Based on process lineage data, attackers seemed to use scripts extensively. These may be automated scripts used for collecting information and downloading additional tools," explains Symantec's report. Hidec: Command line tool for running a hidden window.
A previously undocumented, financially motivated threat group has been connected to a string of data theft and extortion attacks on over 40 entities between September and November 2021. The hacker collective, which goes by the self-proclaimed name Karakurt and was first identified in June 2021, is capable of modifying its tactics and techniques to adapt to the targeted environment, Accenture's Cyber Investigations, Forensics and Response team said in a report published on December 10.
The hacking group calls itself 'Karakurt' and is a financially motivated threat actor that has ramped up its cyber-attacks in Q3 2021. The actors focus almost exclusively on data exfiltration and extortion and are not using ransomware to lock their victims' files.