Events

BSides Denver 2017

Everyone loves a decent security conference, and BSides Denver provides one with space to breathe. Folks in sunny Colorado looking for a fine local gathering found talks on advanced social engineering, APT herding, securing smart cities and more.

Even though BSides got its start as an “open source” event taking its contributors from rejected Black Hat talks, this isn’t the island of misfit toys. Quality content is delivered at all of them. Here is Mandiant’s Hunter Hardman talking advanced social engineering techniques he tends to shun, opting for email available and helpful soft Marketing and HR targets. Discussion afterwards broke out about the value of breakout news stories during red team projects, like the current political environment’s effect on employee healthcare plans in the US.

Kyle Chambers from municpal energy provider Austin Energy presented ideas and thoughts on smart city implementations, audits, smart meters and data collection, and real world integration experiences.

Considering the issues with IoT implementations and the immaturity of development cycles in the IoT space, along with the true nature of the risk involved, it’s a particularly alarming topic. And it’s great to see it being carefully discussed by organizations like Austin Energy.

Hope to see you at BSides Denver 2018!

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Reports

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.

Lazarus covets COVID-19-related intelligence

As the COVID-19 crisis grinds on, some threat actors are trying to speed up vaccine development by any means available. We have found evidence that the Lazarus group is going after intelligence that could help these efforts by attacking entities related to COVID-19 research.

Sunburst: connecting the dots in the DNS requests

We matched private and public DNS data for the SUNBURST-malware root C2 domain with the CNAME records, to identify who was targeted for further exploitation. In total, we analyzed 1722 DNS records, leading to 1026 unique target name parts and 964 unique UIDs.

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