Advanced Persistent Threat

  • APT43: North Korean Group Uses Cybercrime to Fund Espionage Operations

    March 28, 2023

    Mandiant researchers released a report on APT43, a prolific threat actor operating on behalf of the North Korean regime that they have observed engaging in cybercrime as a way to fund their espionage operations. According to Mandiant they track tons of activity throughout the year, but don’t always have enough evidence to attribute it to a ...

  • New malware variant has “radio silence” mode to evade detection

    March 7, 2023

    The Sharp Panda cyber-espionage hacking group is targeting high-profile government entities in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia with a new version of the ‘Soul’ malware framework. The particular malware was previously seen in espionage campaigns targeting critical Southeast Asian organizations, attributed to various Chinese APTs. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Clasiopa: New group targets materials research organization in Asia

    February 23, 2023

    A hitherto unknown attack group has been observed targeting a materials research organization in Asia. The group, which Symantec calls Clasiopa, is characterized by a distinct toolset, which includes one piece of custom malware (Backdoor.Atharvan). At present, there is no firm evidence on where Clasiopa is based or whom it acts on behalf. The infection vector ...

  • Hydrochasma: Previously unknown group targets medical and shipping organizations in Asia

    February 22, 2023

    Shipping companies and medical laboratories in Asia are being targeted in a likely intelligence-gathering campaign that relies exclusively on publicly available and living-off-the-land tools. Hydrochasma, the threat actor behind this campaign, has not been linked to any previously identified group, but appears to have a possible interest in industries that may be involved in COVID-19-related treatments ...

  • Earth Kitsune delivers new WhiskerSpy backdoor via watering hole attack

    February 17, 2023

    Trend Micro researchers discovered a new backdoor which Trend Micro have attributed to the advanced persistent threat actor known as Earth Kitsune, which they have covered before. Since 2019, Earth Kitsune has been distributing variants of self-developed backdoors to targets, primarily individuals who are interested in North Korea. In many of the cases, Trend Micro have ...

  • Fog of war: how the Ukraine conflict transformed the cyber threat landscape

    February 16, 2023

    Nearly one year ago, Russia invaded Ukraine, and we continue to see cyber operations play a prominent role in the war. To provide more insights into the role of cyber, today, we are releasing our report Fog of War: How the Ukraine Conflict Transformed the Cyber Threat Landscape based on analysis from Google’s Threat Analysis ...

  • Invitation to a secret event: Uncovering Earth Yako’s campaigns

    February 16, 2023

    In 2021, Trend Micro researchers observed several targeted attacks against researchers of academic organizations and think tanks in Japan. Trend Micro have since been tracking this series of attacks and identified the new intrusion set we have named “Earth Yako”. Their research points the attribution to the known campaign “Operation RestyLink” or “Enelink”. Upon investigating several ...

  • #StopRansomware – Ransomware Attacks on Critical Infrastructure Fund DPRK Espionage Activities

    February 10, 2023

    CISA, the National Security Agency (NSA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Republic of Korea’s Defense Security Agency and National Intelligence Service have released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA), Ransomware Attacks on Critical Infrastructure Fund DPRK Espionage Activities, to provide information on ransomware activity used by North ...

  • Graphiron: New Russian information stealing malware deployed against Ukraine

    February 8, 2023

    The Nodaria espionage group (aka UAC-0056) is using a new piece of information stealing malware against targets in Ukraine. The malware (Infostealer.Graphiron) is written in Go and is designed to harvest a wide range of information from the infected computer, including system information, credentials, screenshots, and files. The earliest evidence of Graphiron dates from October 2022. ...

  • New APT34 Malware Targets The Middle East

    February 2, 2023

    On December 2022, Trend Micro researchers identified a suspicious executable (detected by Trend Micro as Trojan.MSIL.REDCAP.AD) that was dropped and executed on multiple machines. The investigation led them to link this attack to advanced persistent threat (APT) group APT34, and the main goal is to steal users’ credentials. Even in case of a password reset ...