The end of the year is always a nice time to take a look on the main developments and incidents that took place in the cyber security industry over the preceding 12 months. To review the impact these events had on organizations and individuals, and predict what they could mean for the overall evolution of the threat landscape, Kaspersky continues its series of annual Kaspersky Security Bulletin publications.
All the statistics used in the reports were obtained using Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), a distributed network that works with various anti-malware protection components. The anonymized data was collected from KSN users who agreed to provide it.
We detected a wave of highly targeted attacks against multiple companies. Closer analysis revealed that all these attacks exploited a chain of Google Chrome and Microsoft Windows zero-day exploits.
A newly discovered rootkit that we dub ‘Moriya’ is used by an unknown actor to deploy passive backdoors on public facing servers, facilitating the creation of a covert C&C communication channel through which they can be silently controlled. The victims are located in Africa, South and South-East Asia.
This report highlights significant events related to advanced persistent threat (APT) activity observed in Q1 2021. The summaries are based on our threat intelligence research and provide a representative snapshot of what we have published and discussed in greater detail in our private APT reports.
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.