Incidents

Avarta – an MS Publisher virus

The spring seems to be a prolific time for new ideas and proof of concept viruses. However, not all of them are a cause for concern.

For instance, we’ve received a new virus which infects Microsoft Publisher (*.pub) documents. You can find a description of Avarta here.

Due to its crude replication method and obvious payload, Avarta has zero chances of getting in the wild. Three or four years ago, this might have been an innovative piece of malware. But now macroviruses are virtually extinct, making Avarta proof of concept for something that will never become a threat.

Avarta – an MS Publisher virus

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Reports

APT trends report Q3 2021

The APT trends reports are based on our threat intelligence research and provide a representative snapshot of what we have discussed in greater detail in our private APT reports. This is our latest installment, focusing on activities that we observed during Q3 2021.

Lyceum group reborn

According to older public researches, Lyceum conducted operations against organizations in the energy and telecommunications sectors across the Middle East. In 2021, we have been able to identify a new cluster of the group’s activity, focused on two entities in Tunisia.

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