Attacker combines phone, email lures into believable, complex attack chain


In the course of performing a postmortem investigation of an infected computer, Sophos X-Ops discovered that the attack began with an innocent-sounding phone call. The caller prompted an employee of a Switzerland-based organization to initiate a complex attack chain that compromised the employee’s computer.

Sophos Incident Response analysts found that the attackers may have targeted the call recipient personally, and crafted an elaborate social engineering attack chain that resulted in the attackers taking control of the target’s computer, briefly, before the target literally pulled the (ethernet) plug on the compromised computer.

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Source: Sophos