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    Archive for the ‘Targeted Attacks’ Category



    Jul30
    2:09 pm (UTC-7)   |    by

    July has been a fairly poor month for Adobe Flash Player security, to say the least. Three separate zero-day vulnerabilities (all courtesy of the Hacking Team dump) have left many people concerned about Flash security, with many (including this blog) calling for it to go away. Some sort of reaction from Adobe to improve Flash security was inevitable. The recent version of Flash, version (18.0.0.209), includes several additional mitigation techniques. These were developed by Adobe, working together with Google's Project Zero. The ...




    A recent campaign compromised Taiwan and Hong Kong sites to deliver Flash exploits related to Hacking Team and eventually download PoisonIvy and other payloads in user systems. This campaign started on July 9, a few days after the Hacking Team announced it was hacked. The actors compromised the sites of a local television network, educational organizations, a religious institute, and a known political party in Taiwan; and a popular news site in Hong Kong. Note that the affected sites have consistent ...




    Java used to be a favored vulnerability target for cybercriminals. However, in recent years that has not been the case. The now-fixed Java zero-day that was used in the Pawn Storm campaign was, in fact, the first time in nearly two years that a zero-day had been found and reported in Java. This can be attributed, in part, to stepped up security measures for Java. As Oracle notes on the Java home page itself, out of date Java plugins are now disabled by major ...




    Our monitoring of Operation Pawn Storm has led us to an interesting finding: the domain we previously reported hosting the Java 0-day used in the latest Pawn Storm campaign was modified to now lead to a Trend Micro IP address. Our investigations have shown that our systems have not been attacked or compromised. The attackers have simply redirected a DNS record to point to a Trend Micro IP address, likely in retaliation to our disclosure and the subsequent patching of the ...

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    Operation Pawn Storm is a campaign known to target military, embassy, and defense contractor personnel from the United States and its allies. The attackers behind Operation Pawn Storm have been active since at least 2007 and they continue to launch new campaigns. Over the past year or so, we have seen numerous techniques and tactics employed by this campaign, such as the use of an iOS espionage app, and the inclusion of new targets like the White House. Through our on-going ...



     

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