xHunt Actor’s Cheat Sheet

Unit42 has been researching the xHunt attack campaign on Kuwaiti organizations for several months. Recently, we found evidence that the developers who created the Sakabota tool, which was previously discussed in the xHunt campaign, had carried out two sets of testing activities in July and August 2018 on Sakabota in an attempt to evade detection.

These testing activities involved the developer compiling several variations of the tool with slight changes made to the code base, each of which the developer will submit to online antivirus scanning services to determine the vendors that detect their tool. The name Sakabota appears to be referencing a sword named Sakabato in an anime called “Rurouni Kenshin,” which fits the anime-themed tool names seen in the 2019 XHunt campaign.

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Source: Paloalto