Incidents

Beware of free plug-ins

Do you like e-books? Free ones? They’re easy to find: e-books are often uploaded to public servers such as rapdishare, megaupload and others. Anyone who finds the link can download books from such websites for free.

Is is safe? Well – judge for yourself. Just the other day I found a browser plug-in on BitRoad dot net that people can download and use as a tool to download e-books. The plug-in is browser independent and attacks both IE and Firefox.

And yes…it was malware – AdWare.Win32.Kitsune.f. I checked for detection on Virus Total and the results were not great – 9/32 (26.13%).

And this is just one incident. In reality, this occurs every day. Plug-ins on any open freeware website can be malicious – there are no guarantees and obligations, after all. So…stay safe and surf cautiously. As ever.

Beware of free plug-ins

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Reports

APT trends report Q1 2022

This is our latest summary of advanced persistent threat (APT) activity, focusing on events that we observed during Q1 2022.

Lazarus Trojanized DeFi app for delivering malware

We recently discovered a Trojanized DeFi application that was compiled in November 2021. This application contains a legitimate program called DeFi Wallet that saves and manages a cryptocurrency wallet, but also implants a full-featured backdoor.

MoonBounce: the dark side of UEFI firmware

At the end of 2021, we inspected UEFI firmware that was tampered with to embed a malicious code we dub MoonBounce. In this report we describe how the MoonBounce implant works and how it is connected to APT41.

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