Manic Menagerie 2.0: The Evolution of a Highly Motivated Threat Actor

Unit 42 researchers discovered an active campaign that targeted several web hosting and IT providers in the United States and European Union from late 2020 to late 2022. Unit 42 tracks the activity associated with this campaign as CL-CRI-0021 and believes it stems from the same threat actor responsible for the previous campaign known as Manic Menagerie.

The threat actor deployed coin miners on hijacked machines to abuse the compromised servers’ resources. They have further deepened their foothold in victims’ environments by mass deployment of web shells, which granted them sustained access, as well as access to internal resources of the compromised websites.

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Source: Palo Alto Unit 42