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APT33 sics small, elusive botnets on U.S. and global targets

Reputed Iranian threat actor APT33 has been employing more than a dozen secret botnets to infiltrate and spy on the networks of various Middle Eastern, U.S. and Asian organizations, and are even setting up their own VPN networks to conceal their operations, according to researchers. Trend Micro described these findings in a blog post this…
APTs/cyberespionage, Security News

Elfin, aka APT33, targets U.S., Saudi Arabian firms in cyberespionage campaign

The cyberespionage group Elfin, aka APT33, has launched a heavily targeted campaign against multiple organization in Saudi Arabia and the United States. Researchers said the most recent targets include major corporations and despite 42 percent of observed attacks focusing heavily on Saudi Arabia. The U.S. has also been an area of interest for the group…
Government/Defense, Security News

PupyRAT found sniffing around EU energy concern

A command and control server used by the Iranian-associate group PupyRAT has been found communicating with the mail server of a European energy sector organization for the last several months. Recorded Future’s Insikt Group reported PupyRAT, a remote access trojan, had been chatting with the command and control server from November 2019 until about January…
Government/Defense, Network Security, Security News

U.S. launched cyberattacks on Iranian intel targets, report

President Trump may have pulled back at the 11th hour from airstrikes on Iranian radar and military targets, but U.S. Cyber Command did hit cyber targets within the Iranian intelligence apparatus last week. The U.S. cyberattacks, okayed by the president, hit systems within the Iranian intel network, the Wall Street Journal reported, and came as…
Malware, Phishing, Security News

LYCEUM threat group targets oil and gas, critical infrastructure orgs in MidEast

A LYCEUM threat group targeting critical infrastructure entities – including oil and gas and telecommunications organizations in the Middle East – went undetected for more than a year, according to researchers at the Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit (CTU). “Stylistically, the observed tradecraft resembles activity from groups such as COBALT GYPSY (which is related to…
Cyber Command
APTs/cyberespionage, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Cyber Command warns hackers exploiting Outlook vulnerability to attack gov’t agencies

The U.S. Cyber Command warned that a threat group was exploiting a vulnerability in Outlook in an effort to attack government agencies and uploaded samples that one security researcher said are linked to APT33 and Shamoon2. “USCYBERCOM has discovered active malicious use of CVE-2017-11774 and recommends immediate #patching. Malware is currently delivered from: ‘hxxps://customermgmt.net/page/macrocosm’,” Cyber…
APTs/cyberespionage, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

Report: Iran claims to have thwarted a U.S. cyberespionage operation

Iran is reportedly claiming that it successfully uprooted a CIA-led cyberespionage operation and arrested several U.S. spies in the process. “One of the most complicated CIA cyberespionage networks that had an important role in the CIA’s operations in different countries was exposed by the Iranian intelligence agencies a while ago and was dismantled,” said Ali…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Security News

Fox Kitten APT campaign exploits VPN flaws hours after public disclosure

Iranian APT actors have engaged in a long-running cyber espionage and data theft campaign that has victimized dozens of companies around the world, typically compromising them via virtual private network and Remote Desktop Protocol services, according to a new research report. Vulnerable VPNs have been such a favorite attack vector of choice among these actors…
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