Japan Quake Spam leads to Malware

Kaspersky Lab has detected a malicious spam campaign using the recent earthquake in Japan to infect users. These emails contain malicious URLs:

If someone clicks on the link, the malicious website uses JAVA exploits to install malicious applications on their machine:

Kaspersky Lab already detects those exploits as: Downloader.Java.OpenConnection.dn and, so our customers are already protected.

The JAVA exploit is hosted on a domain known to distribute fake anti-virus products. A VBS file (already detected as Trojan-Downloader.VBS.Small.iz ) is used to install other malicious applications on the machines:

Once infected, the computer starts displaying localized ads (in French in my case):

On one successful infection, we counted as many as five malicious executables being run, one DLL being registered as a service, and a lot of task scheduler job files being created.

Past experience tells us that cybercriminals are always trying to make profit out of natural disasters or big news in general. If you want to get the latest news on such events, we strongly recommend that you browse legitimate news sites and never follow links received by email, or on social networks.

It’s also very important to keep your system up to date, be it the operating system or third party applications such as Java.

And finally, keep your security solutions up to date.

Japan Quake Spam leads to Malware

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



APT trends report Q2 2021

This is our latest summary of advanced persistent threat (APT) activity, focusing on significant events that we observed during Q2 2021: attacks against Microsoft Exchange servers, APT29 and APT31 activities, targeting campaigns, etc.

LuminousMoth APT: Sweeping attacks for the chosen few

We recently came across unusual APT activity that was detected in high volumes, albeit most likely aimed at a few targets of interest. Further analysis revealed that the actor, which we dubbed LuminousMoth, shows an affinity to the HoneyMyte group, otherwise known as Mustang Panda.

WildPressure targets the macOS platform

We found new malware samples used in WildPressure campaigns: newer version of the C++ Milum Trojan, a corresponding VBScript variant with the same version number, and a Python script working on both Windows and macOS.

Ferocious Kitten: 6 years of covert surveillance in Iran

Ferocious Kitten is an APT group that has been targeting Persian-speaking individuals in Iran. Some of the TTPs used by this threat actor are reminiscent of other groups, such as Domestic Kitten and Rampant Kitten. In this report we aim to provide more details on these findings.

Subscribe to our weekly e-mails

The hottest research right in your inbox