Director, Global Research & Analysis Team, Latin AmericaDmitry Bestuzhev is Director of Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team in Latin America, where he oversees the company’s anti-malware and threat intelligence research by experts in the region. Dmitry joined Kaspersky in 2007 as a Malware Analyst, monitoring the local threat landscape and providing preliminary analysis. By 2008, he had become Senior Regional Researcher for the Latin American region and was appointed to his current role in 2010. In addition to overseeing anti-malware research and analysis work, Dmitry produces intelligence reports and forecasts for the region and is frequently sought out by international media and organizations for his expert commentary on IT security. Dmitry’s wide field of expertise covers everything from high profile attacks on financial institutions to traditional cybercrime underground activity. Dmitry is also an expert in corporate security, cyber-espionage and complex targeted attacks and participates in various educational initiatives throughout the Americas. Dmitry has more than two decades of experience in IT security across a wide variety of roles and is fluent in English, Spanish and Russian.
While investigating a recent rise of attacks against Exchange servers, we noticed a recurring cluster of activity that appeared in several distinct compromised networks. With a long-standing operation, high profile victims, advanced toolset and no affinity to a known threat actor, we decided to dub the cluster GhostEmperor.
We discovered a campaign delivering the Tomiris backdoor that shows a number of similarities with the Sunshuttle malware distributed by DarkHalo APT and target overlaps with Kazuar.
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.
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.