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 in both a blog post and analysis report that detailed findings from its Advanced Threat Research team. Additional targeted sectors included finance, government, healthcare, telecommunications and more.

Described by McAfee as a "fully functional modular backdoor," Rising Sun communicates with its C2 server via HTTP POST requests. It possesses 14 distinct backdoor capabilities, including gathering, encrypting and exfiltrating host data; terminating processes; reading, writing and deleting files; connecting to an IP address and changing file attributes.

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