Spam and phishing mail

Curiosity killed the cat

If you’re reading this, you’re probably not a cat, so curiosity won’t kill you. But it can result in someone getting hold of your confidential data.

In my blog about Michael Jackson, I mentioned that Britney Spears had her Twitter account hacked and news of her death posted on her own site. The vulnerability which was exploited has been fixed, the post was deleted, and Britney (or one of her staffers!) has posted saying the singer is alive and well. (I was glad to see that message, because Britney is giving a concert in Russia soon, and tickets are selling fast!)

Britney’s post hasn’t stopped the spammers though – we just picked up the message shown below:

Another prime example of spammers exploiting that vulnerability called “curiosity”. Anyone who’s foolish enough to open the attachment is going to find themselves saddled with Trojan-Spy.Win32.Zbot, a program designed to steal personal data.

Patching technical vulnerabilities is easy; eliminating human vulnerabilities is a lot more difficult.

Curiosity killed the cat

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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.

GhostEmperor: From ProxyLogon to kernel mode

While investigating a recent rise of attacks against Exchange servers, we noticed a recurring cluster of activity that appeared in several distinct compromised networks. With a long-standing operation, high profile victims, advanced toolset and no affinity to a known threat actor, we decided to dub the cluster GhostEmperor.

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