Advanced Persistent Threat


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  • Wizard Spider hackers hire cold callers to scare ransomware victims into paying up

    May 18, 2022

    Researchers have exposed the inner workings of Wizard Spider, a hacking group that pours its illicit proceeds back into the criminal enterprise. On Wednesday, PRODAFT published the results of an investigation into Wizard Spider, believed to either be or be associated with the Grim Spider and Lunar Spider hacking groups. According to the cybersecurity firm, Wizard Spider, ...

  • FBI: North Korea’s tech workers are posing as freelance developers, helping hackers

    May 17, 2022

    Skilled software and mobile app developers from North Korea are posing as US-based remote workers to land contract work as developers in US and European tech and crypto firms. The warning comes in a new joint advisory from The US Department of State, the US Department of the Treasury, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ...

  • Iran-linked Cobalt Mirage extracts money, info from US orgs – report

    May 13, 2022

    The Iran-linked Cobalt Mirage crew is running attacks against America for both financial gain and for cyber-espionage purposes, according to Secureworks’ threat intelligence team. The cybercriminal gang has been around since June 2020, and its most recent activities have been put into two categories. One, using ransomware to extort money, as illustrated by a strike in ...

  • APT34 hackers exposed in a highly targeted espionage campaign

    May 12, 2022

    Threat analysts have spotted a novel attack attributed to the Iranian hacking group known as APT34 group or Oilrig, who targeted a Jordanian diplomat with custom-crafted tools. The attack involved advanced anti-detection and anti-analysis techniques and had some characteristics that indicate lengthy and careful preparation. Security researchers at Fortinet have gathered evidence and artifacts from the attack ...

  • Operation CuckooBees: Deep-Dive into Stealthy Winnti Techniques

    May 4, 2022

    In 2021, the Cybereason Nocturnus Incident Response Team investigated multiple intrusions targeting technology and manufacturing companies located in Asia, Europe and North America. Based on the findings of our investigation, it appears that the goal behind these intrusions was to steal sensitive intellectual property for cyber espionage purposes. Cybereason assesses with moderate-high confidence that the threat ...

  • New ransomware strains linked to North Korean govt hackers

    May 3, 2022

    Several ransomware strains have been linked to APT38, a North Korean-sponsored hacking group known for its focus on targeting and stealing funds from financial institutions worldwide. They’re also known for deploying destructive malware on their victims’ networks during the last stage of their attacks, likely to destroy any traces of their activity. Christiaan Beek, a lead threat ...

  • Chinese cyber-espionage group Moshen Dragon targets Asian telcos

    May 2, 2022

    Researchers have identified a new cluster of malicious cyber activity tracked as Moshen Dragon, targeting telecommunication service providers in Central Asia. While this new threat group has some overlaps with “RedFoxtrot” and “Nomad Panda,” including the use of ShadowPad and PlugX malware variants, there are enough differences in their activity to follow them separately. According to a ...

  • UNC3524: Eye Spy on Your Email

    May 2, 2022

    Since December 2019, Mandiant has observed advanced threat actors increase their investment in tools to facilitate bulk email collection from victim environments, especially as it relates to their support of suspected espionage objectives. Email messages and their attachments offer a rich source of information about an organization, stored in a centralized location for threat actors ...

  • Hacking Russia was off-limits. The Ukraine war made it a free-for-all.

    May 1, 2022

    For more than a decade, U.S. cybersecurity experts have warned about Russian hacking that increasingly uses the labor power of financially motivated criminal gangs to achieve political goals, such as strategically leaking campaign emails. Prolific ransomware groups in the last year and a half have shut down pandemic-battered hospitals, the key fuel conduit Colonial Pipeline and ...

  • Trello From the Other Side: Tracking APT29 Phishing Campaigns

    April 28, 2022

    Since early 2021, Mandiant has been tracking extensive APT29 phishing campaigns targeting diplomatic organizations in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. This blog post discusses our recent observations related to the identification of two new malware families in 2022, BEATDROP and BOOMMIC, as well as APT29’s efforts to evade detection through retooling and abuse of Atlassian’s ...

  • New APT Group Earth Berberoka Targets Gambling Websites With Old and New Malware

    April 27, 2022

    Trend Micro researchers recently discovered a new advanced persistent threat (APT) group that they have dubbed Earth Berberoka (aka GamblingPuppet). Based on their analysis, this group targets gambling websites. Trend Micro’s investigation has also uncovered that Earth Berberoka targets the Windows, Linux, and macOS platforms, and uses malware families that have been historically attributed to ...

  • APT trends report Q1 2022

    April 27, 2022

    For five years, the Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) at Kaspersky has been publishing quarterly summaries of advanced persistent threat (APT) activity. These summaries are based on our threat intelligence research; and they provide a representative snapshot of what we have published and discussed in greater detail in our private APT reports. They are ...

  • FBI: Ransomware Attacks on Agricultural Cooperatives Potentially Timed to Critical Seasons

    April 20, 2022

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is informing Food and Agriculture (FA) sector partners that ransomware actors may be more likely to attack agricultural cooperatives during critical planting and harvest seasons, disrupting operations, causing financial loss, and negatively impacting the food supply chain. The FBI noted ransomware attacks during these seasons against six grain cooperatives during ...

  • Five Eyes nations fear wave of Russian attacks against critical infrastructure

    April 20, 2022

    The Five Eyes nations’ cybersecurity agencies this week urged critical infrastructure to be ready for attacks by crews backed by or sympathetic to the Kremlin amid strong Western opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The joint alert, issued by cybersecurity authorities in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, provides technical details on more than ...

  • TraderTraitor: North Korean State-Sponsored APT Targets Blockchain Companies

    April 18, 2022

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the U.S. Treasury Department (Treasury) are issuing this joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) to highlight the cyber threat associated with cryptocurrency thefts and tactics used by a North Korean state-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) group since at least 2020. This group is commonly ...

  • Lazarus Targets Chemical Sector

    April 14, 2022

    Symantec, a division of Broadcom Software, has observed the North Korea-linked advanced persistent threat (APT) group known as Lazarus conducting an espionage campaign targeting organizations operating within the chemical sector. The campaign appears to be a continuation of Lazarus activity dubbed Operation Dream Job, which was first observed in August 2020. Symantec tracks this sub-set ...

  • US Treasury links North Korean hacker group Lazarus to $600M Axie Infinity heist

    April 14, 2022

    The US Treasury Department on Thursday linked a notorious North Korean hacking group to a massive $600 million cyber breach last month. The connection was clear when the Treasury Department updated its sanctions listing for the hacking group, called Lazarus Group. The federal agency added a cryptocurrency address that was used to steal $600 million from ...

  • Ukraine says it thwarted Russian cyberattack on electricity grid

    April 12, 2022

    Ukraine said on Tuesday it had thwarted an attempt by Russian hackers last week to damage its electricity grid with a cyberattack. “This is a military hacking team,” said government spokesman Victor Zhora. “Their aim was to disable a number of facilities, including electricity substations.” Kyiv blamed the attack on a group dubbed “Sandworm” by researchers and ...

  • Hackers use Conti’s leaked ransomware to attack Russian companies

    April 9, 2022

    A hacking group used the Conti’s leaked ransomware source code to create their own ransomware to use in cyberattacks against Russian organizations. While it is common to hear of ransomware attacks targeting companies and encrypting data, we rarely hear about Russian organizations getting attacked similarly. This lack of attacks is due to the general belief by Russian ...

  • Microsoft dogs Strontium domains to stop attacks on Ukraine

    April 8, 2022

    Microsoft this week seized seven internet domains run by Russia-linked threat group Strontium, which was using the infrastructure to target Ukrainian institutions as well as think tanks in the US and EU, apparently to support Russian’s invasion of its neighbor. The seizure is also part of a long-running legal and technical hunt by Microsoft to disrupt ...