Incidents

A Sober night

As we’ve stated elsewhere, Sober.y is programmed to start updating itself after 00:00 hrs (GMT) on 6th January – that’s tonight.

Although everyone in the antivirus world is watching with baited breath, the anticipated epidemic may not hit for a while. Some of the sites which could host the malicious binary files may be shut down successfully before the trigger time. Additionally, it’s up to the bad guys to choose the real activation date by placing (or not) the update on the net.

In short, no-one can tell exactly what the impact of 6th January on virus history will be.

We always recommend that users be on the lookout for suspicious activity. Given the uncertainty about exactly when Sober will start updating, this is going to be even more important for the next couple of days, or even weeks.

We’re on the lookout, high alert, and will keep you posted.

A Sober night

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Reports

APT trends report Q2 2021

This is our latest summary of advanced persistent threat (APT) activity, focusing on significant events that we observed during Q2 2021: attacks against Microsoft Exchange servers, APT29 and APT31 activities, targeting campaigns, etc.

LuminousMoth APT: Sweeping attacks for the chosen few

We recently came across unusual APT activity that was detected in high volumes, albeit most likely aimed at a few targets of interest. Further analysis revealed that the actor, which we dubbed LuminousMoth, shows an affinity to the HoneyMyte group, otherwise known as Mustang Panda.

WildPressure targets the macOS platform

We found new malware samples used in WildPressure campaigns: newer version of the C++ Milum Trojan, a corresponding VBScript variant with the same version number, and a Python script working on both Windows and macOS.

Ferocious Kitten: 6 years of covert surveillance in Iran

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