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BlackHats and Apples

Greetings from snowy Amsterdam, where the 2006 Europe Black Hat Briefings and Trainings are taking place.

The conference just started earlier today and it’s covered a wide range of topics so far, from the social aspects and impacts of vulnerabilities to Halvar Flake’s deeply technical exploitation techniques of uninitialized local variables.

As an interesting observation, I’m seeing a larger number of Macs here than at any other conference I’ve been so far. I’m not sure if this is a sign that the “blackhats” are becoming more interested into Macs or if it’s just that Macs are becoming popular. No sign of Leap or Inqtana infections so far, though.

Will keep you updated.

BlackHats and Apples

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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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