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CATEGORY ARCHIVES: threatstop-research-team

Operation Cloud Hopper Jumps Into View

Operation Cloud Hopper, uncovered by researchers at BAE Systems and PwC, was a cyberespionage campaign by APT10 (also known as Red Apollo and the menuPass Team) that targeted IT managed service providers (MSPs) in order to steal their clients' corporate data.

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Knock-Knock! Who’s There? ... NoTrove.

 

Internet-based advertising has been in wide use since the early 21st century. Its popularity grew in 2010 with the development of programmatic advertising. (Also referred to as automated advertainment) Here, you pay per ad view, which can be maliciously misused by counting machines and bots as actual viewers. Additional types of malicious use include accumulating web traffic and selling it to web traffic brokers, or engaging this traffic in semi-malicious programs like PUP. (Potentially Unwanted Programs)

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Nebula EK: The Rising Exploit Kit Variant

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EITest – The Long Living Campaign

EITest is a campaign initially discovered in 2014 by Malwarebytes. It distributes malware (that uses iframes) through a flash file on a compromised site, followed by exploitation through an Exploit Kit. In the past, this campaign was used to distribute malware including Cerber, CryptoMix, CryptoShield, Gootkit and the Chthonic banking Trojan, all using various types of Exploit Kits.

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Magic Hound Sniffs Out Trouble

 

Magic Hound, as dubbed by researchers at Palo Alto Networks, is a targeted espionage campaign against Saudi Arabian government, energy and technology industries. The campaign utilized a common phishing tactic, embedding macros into Word and Excel documents. If the victim enabled macros on the document, Powershell scripts downloaded additional malware onto their computer, such as the open-source Python RAT, Pupy.

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Locky Back in Action

Locky, the infamous ransomware plaguing computers worldwide since it was first seen early last year, has recently made a comeback after a severe drop in activity over the holiday season. The Necurs botnet, which is Locky's primary distributor, was offline for the final weeks of 2016, equating to an 81% decrease in the number of Locky attacks.

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CryptXXX Ransomware Spread Through SoakSoak Botnet: Two Big Actors As One

CryptXXX and SoakSoak are huge threats individually.

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One Email: Countless Phishing Domains

We often analyze indictors of phishing-related compromise from techhelplist.com. These lists contain a large number of indicators, usually not all related to one campaign, but to countless ones that have already spread before the lists were updated.

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DGA Updates

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In December, we introduced a target list of more than 20 malware family DGAs provided by our friends over at 360 Research Team. Continuing their great work, we are happy to integrate 7 new malware DGAs:

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The “TelePort Crew” Evolves from Carbanak

The "Digital Plagiarist" campaign, dubbed by researchers at the tr1adx team, was run by the "TelePort Crew” and appears to be an evolution of the Carbanak cybercrime group. This group is infamous for a large-scale campaign against banks, leading to the 2015 theft of hundreds of millions of dollars and the Carbanak/Anunak malware that targets point of sale machines.

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