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Fancy Bear’s LoJax rootkit has been foraging since late ‘16

The lethal LoJax malware thought to be the handiwork of hacker group Fancy Bear (APT28) came to light only this past May, but most likely had been wreaking havoc since late 2016, reported Netscout researchers from Arbor’s Security Engineering & Response Team (ASERT). With a name derived from the LoJack solution to track stolen cars and…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Malware, Phishing, Security News

‘Cannon’ downloader tool added to Fancy Bear’s APT arsenal

A new cyber espionage campaign from the Russian APT group Fancy Bear has added some firepower in the form of a new malicious first-stage downloader tool called Cannon. Cannon diverges from Fancy Bear’s (aka Sofacy, APT28) usual downloader trojan, Zebrocy, in that it leverages email protocols for C2 communication as opposed to HTTP or HTTPS.…
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Gamaredon, like Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear, steps up cyberattacks against Ukraine, others

Russia didn’t just ratchet up its aggression toward Ukraine on the high seas last week, it also stepped cyberattacks against the country and other governments and private entities around the world. Familiar threat actors Fancy Bear – using a packed Zebrocy variant and Cannon payload – and Cozy Bear – delivering a Cobalt Strike Beacon…
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The lowdown on LoJax: Researchers detect a UEFI rootkit in the wild

The Russian APT group Sednit (aka Fancy Bear and APT28) is strongly suspected to be the culprit behind a new rootkit malware program that can survive on an infected machine even if the operating system is reinstalled and the hard drive is replaced. ESET researchers who discovered the rootkit say this is the first time…
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Researchers: Turla and Zebrocy APT actors shared code, targets in 2018

Researchers have identified several shared commonalities between reputed Russian APT outlets Turla and Zebrocy, both known for their global, malware-based cyber espionage operations. Such discoveries help bolster the efforts of cyber investigators who seek to map out malicious ecosystems or attribute attacks to foreign actors. In this case, researchers from Kaspersky Lab are reporting that…
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Seven additional modules make Fancy Bear’s VPNFilter malware even more versatile

Researchers have discovered seven additional third-stage modules in the VPNFilter malware that has been infecting hundreds of thousands of global networking devices in Ukraine and around the world since at least 2016. Believed to be the creation of Russian APT group Fancy Bear, VPNFilter remains a credible threat, despite recent efforts taken to expose the…
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