Events

IT Security for the Next Generation

We’ve just held the first European edition of our international student conference, IT Security for the Next Generation. Young researchers, masters and PhD students, professors and Kaspersky Lab experts all presented and discussed different issues relating to cybercrime at the beautiful University of East London.

I was involved as a member of the program committee and had to evaluate students’ research reports and papers. To be honest, it wasn’t an easy task to choose the best from so many different interesting topics: incidents caused by botnets, analysis of drive-by download attacks, measuring malware & spam, psychology of cybercrime, etc…

The event gave young IT professionals to attend lectures and workshops led by Kaspersky analysts and experts: my colleague, Denis Maslennikov made an interesting workshop about mobile malware, Georg Wicherski let participants into some of the basics of malware analysis, Eddy Willems talked about the human factor and security, and Sergey Golovanov revealed how he became a Kaspersky expert.

But the conference wasn’t just about lectures and learning: we had two days full of fun, drive, meeting new people and great teambuilding, as well as surviving the English weather!

It’s sad that the conference is over, but we’ll be running more events like this on a regular basis around the world. And I’m sure that meetings like this inspire everyone to new challenges, new research, new opportunities, and that everyone who came is motivated to be with us on the light side!

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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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