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    Archive for the ‘Targeted Attacks’ Category




    Throughout course of my monitoring future and possible targeted attacks, I recently chanced upon a spear-phishing email sent to an undisclosed recipient that contains three seemingly harmless documents. I was curious about the attached documents so I first checked the one titled AlSajana Youth Center financial Report.docx. The so-called financial report turned out to be a non-malicious document (see Figure 1) but the other two attached files struck me as suspicious as well. Their file names were u0627u0644u0645u0639u062Fu064429u0.docx and u0625u0646u062Cu0644u064Au0632u0649.doc. Figure 1. Sample ...




    Information about the overall threat landscape can be gathered from many sources. One useful method is by looking at the overall activity of command-and-control (C&C) servers, as used in botnets, targeted attacks, and in attacks against the broader Internet user base. We are able to combine various threat intelligence sources, including feedback from the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™, to get a glimpse of C&C server activity. (these are displayed in real time on the Global Botnet Map). Our findings below reflect the information ...

    Posted in Targeted Attacks |



    Last week, we released a research paper titled “Operation Arid Viper: Bypassing the Iron Dome” where we detailed two related campaigns. To recall, here are our key findings related to the two campaigns: Palestinian threat actors have staged a targeted attack, Operation Arid Viper, to exfiltrate data from high-profile targets in the Israeli government and have been doing so since mid-2013. The attacks are still on-going, coinciding with the political tension between Israel and Palestinians. Investigation of the Germany-hosted server used in Arid ...

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    2014 was a year where cybercriminal attacks crippled both likely and unlikely targets. A year rife with destructive attacks, 2014 proved to be a difficult one for individuals and companies who were victimized by these threats. Massive data breach disclosures came one after another in 2014 in much more rapid succession than past years. The Sony Pictures breach in December, along with the other big breaches of the year illustrated the wide spectrum of losses that can hit a company that ...




    Trend Micro has recently reached an important milestone: we have vetted our 500 millionth "good file" towards the end of 2014. This means that we have a strong and vast repository of files to competently decide whether any given file is non-malicious or otherwise. Securing Single-Purpose Systems Whitelisting is increasingly being seen as a key component of modern solutions to dealing with today's threat landscape. Recent attacks on PLCs (ICS/SCADA) and PoS systems demonstrate how effective locking down systems (enabled via application control) can ...

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