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Russian cyber spies likely hijacked Iranian APT group’s infrastructure to deliver backdoor

In early 2018, the Russian APT group Turla likely hijacked the command-and-control infrastructure of Iranian cyberespionage group OilRig, in order to deliver a custom backdoor to its intended victim, according to researchers. The unusual attack took place during one of three Turla campaigns over the last 18 months that experts from Symantec chronicled in a…
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…
APTs/cyberespionage, Malware, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

DNSpionage actors adjust tactics, debut new remote administration tool

The actors responsible for the DNSpionage DNS hijacking campaign have altered some of their tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs), introducing a new reconnaissance phase as well as a new malicious remote administration tool called Karkoff. Discovered last November, the operation primarily targets Lebanon- and United Arab Emirates-affiliated .gov domains, commandeering the websites’ DNS servers so…
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, Malware, Security News

Shamoon disk wiper attack on Saipem signals new affront against energy sector, Middle Eastern interests

The malware used to disrupt the global operations of Italian energy contractor Saipem S.p.A. earlier this week was none other than Shamoon, a disk wiper that’s been used in two prior attacks against Saudi interests. Saipem identified Shamoon as the culprit in a Dec. 12 news release that updated its previously vague disclosure of the incident.…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Bahraini oil company reportedly attacked by new ‘Dustman’ disk wiper

Bapco, the national oil company of the Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain, was reportedly targeted in a Dec. 29 disk wiper attack that officials believe originated from Iran-backed hackers. Iran is historically associated with past disk wiper campaigns against energy companies, most notably the destructive Shamoon or Disttrack malware attack against the Saudi Arabian…
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