Like any other year, 2015 had its mix of ups and downs in the world of security. A fine line exists between the threats that we face and the solutions we have at our disposal; any slip-up on the part of defenders can make an existing problem that much worse. The coming year will not…Read More
Pawn Storm has a long history of targeting government agencies and private organizations to steal sensitive information. Our most recent findings show that they targeted the international investigation team of the MH17 plane crash from different sides.
The Dutch Safety Board (known as Onderzoeksraad) became a target of the cyber-espionage group before and after the safety board published their detailed report on the MH17 incident on October 13, 2015. We believe that a coordinated attack from several sides was launched to get unauthorized access to sensitive material of the investigation conducted by Dutch, Malaysian, Australian, Belgian, and Ukrainian authorities.Read More
Our analysis of the Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability used in the latest Pawn Storm campaign reveals that the previous mitigation techniques introduced by Adobe were not enough to secure the platform. Used in Pawn Storm to target certain foreign affairs ministries, the vulnerability identified as CVE-2015-7645 represents a significant change in tactics from previous exploits. It is…Read More
Trend Micro researchers have discovered that the attackers behind Pawn Storm are using a new Adobe Flash zero-day exploit in their latest campaign. Pawn Storm is a long-running cyber-espionage campaign known for its high-profile targets and usage of the first Java zero-day we’ve seen in the last couple of years.
In this most recent campaign, Pawn Storm targeted several foreign affairs ministries from around the globe. The targets received spear phishing e-mails that contained links leading to the exploit. The emails and URLs were crafted to appear like they lead to information about current events.Read More
Whenever people think of APTs and targeted attacks, people ask: who did it? What did they want? While those questions may well be of some interest, we think it is much more important to ask: what information about the attacker can help organizations protect themselves better?
Let’s look at things from the perspective of a network administrator trying to defend their organization. If someone wants to determine who was behind an attack on their organization, maybe the first thing they’ll do use IP address locations to try and determine the location of an attacker. However, say an attack was traced to a web server in Korea. What’s not to say that whoever was responsible for the attack also compromised that server? What makes you think that site’s owner will cooperate with your investigation?Read More