The threat group APT33 is known to target the oil and aviation industries aggressively. Our recent findings show that the group uses about a dozen live Command and Control (C&C) servers for extremely narrow targeted malware campaigns against organizations in the Middle East, the U.S., and Asia.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
A few weeks ago I appeared on the RedZone podcast hosted by Bill Murphy, where I talked about (among other topics) the differences between targeted attacks and what our competitors called Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). This is a topic that I’ve frequently talked about in the past, and I get asked about it a lot in…Read More
What sort of interest would a businessman have in a news agency? That was the question that arose from our recent investigation on an attack that appears to target a media agency in South Korea. Shadow Force is a new backdoor that replaces a DLL called by a particular Windows service. Once that backdoor is open, the attacker…Read More