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 blog post late last week. Collectively, the three campaigns targeted 13 organizations in the government, education and IT/communications sectors, across five global regions.

Also known as Waterbug (as well as Snake and Venomous Bear), Turla was aided in its operations by a combination of newly discovered custom malware, modified open-sourced hacking tools, and legitimate administration tools.

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