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‘Sharpshooter’ cyberespionage campaign scopes out defense, critical infrastructure sectors

A global phishing campaign called Operation Sharpshooter was discovered using fake job recruitment documents to infect defense, government and critical infrastructure organizations with a malicious backdoor implant, presumably for cyber espionage purposes. The implant, nicknamed Rising Sun, was observed in least 87 impacted organizations over the course of October and November, McAfee Labs reported today…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Data Breach, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Dacls RAT’s goals are to steal customer data and spread ransomware

The Dacls remote access trojan that is capable of attacking Windows, Linux and macOS environments has been used to distribute VHD ransomware and to target customer databases for attempted exfiltration, according to researchers. Kaspersky on Wednesday revealed this latest intel on Dacls in a company blog post and corresponding press release that also detailed an…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Security News

Fake company pushes phony cryptocurrency app to spread Mac malware

It appears North Korean hackers have revisited a tried-and-true scheme to attack Mac owners who work at cryptocurrency exchanges: creating a fake company and corresponding cryptocurrency trading app that actually infects users with malware. Researcher Patrick Wardle, creator of OS X security firm Objective-See, reported in a blog post late last week that malicious actors…
Ransomware

Analysis suggests WannaCry ransom note is native Chinese-speaker

As if attribution efforts surrounding the May 2017 WanaCrypt0r/WannaCry ransomware attack weren’t already convoluted… A new report asserts with high confidence that the author of the WannaCry ransom note probably speaks fluent Chinese, adding a new layer of intrigue to an investigation that has already turned up malware code linked to an alleged North Korean…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Phishing, Security News

North Korean hackers allegedly pick on Russian targets for a change

The reputed North Korean APT actor known as Lazarus Group (aka Hidden Cobra) typically focuses its hacking efforts on South Korea, Japan and the U.S., but one of its suspected campaigns from last January surprisingly appears to have targeted Russian businesses with its signature Lazarus backdoor malware. Taking place from Jan. 26-31, the phishing campaign…
Security News

New Data shines light into Lazarus group’s Operation Sharpshooter campaign

North Korean hacking Lazarus Group’s Operation Sharpshooter campaign, used “extremely convincing” job recruitment emails to target defense, government, finance, energy and critical infrastructure organizations across the world, according to McAfee researchers. An unnamed government entity familiar with the malware campaign provided code and data from a command-and-control server responsible for the management of the operations,…
APTs/cyberespionage

Spear phishing campaign against Turkish financial institutions appears tied to North Korea

The reputed state-sponsored North Korean hacking group Hidden Cobra has once again been fingered in a malware attack against financial organizations — this time apparently targeting Turkish institutions in a spear phishing campaign in early March. A new blog post from McAfee reports that the company’s Advanced Threat Research team on Feb. 28 discovered the reemergence of…
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