Incidents

Blackhat SEO and Osama Bin Laden’s death

As always, when big news appear in the press the bad guys start blackhat SEO campaigns in popular search engines trying to lure users to install Rogueware.

It’s not different this time, with the top news about Osama’s Bin Laden death being everywhere. The bad guys were quite fast and started to poison searches results in Google Images.

Some of the search results are now leading users to malicious pages:

When clicking an image in the results page, the user will be redirected to one of the malicious domains:

***-antivirus.cz.cc/fast-scan/

***pe-antivirus.cz.cc/fast-scan/

Both domains are offering a copy of the rogueware known as “Best Antivirus 2011”:

This rogueware is already detected by Kaspersky as Trojan.Win32.FakeAV.cvoo

When searching, even for images, be careful!

Blackhat SEO and Osama Bin Laden’s death

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Reports

The leap of a Cycldek-related threat actor

The investigation described in this article started with one such file which caught our attention due to the various improvements it brought to this well-known infection vector.

Lazarus targets defense industry with ThreatNeedle

In mid-2020, we realized that Lazarus was launching attacks on the defense industry using the ThreatNeedle cluster, an advanced malware cluster of Manuscrypt (a.k.a. NukeSped). While investigating this activity, we were able to observe the complete life cycle of an attack, uncovering more technical details and links to the group’s other campaigns.

Sunburst backdoor – code overlaps with Kazuar

While looking at the Sunburst backdoor, we discovered several features that overlap with a previously identified backdoor known as Kazuar. Our observations shows that Kazuar was used together with Turla tools during multiple breaches in past years.

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