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Malware Calendar Wallpaper for December 2011

Here’s the latest of our malware calendar wallpapers.

 


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Christmas brings many more people online since the Internet provides a quick and convenient way to buy Christmas gifts. This makes it the perfect time for cybercriminals to cash-in on online activity. So it’s also a good time for a reminder about the basic things you can do to reduce the risk of cybercriminals spoiling your Christmas.

 

  1. Install Internet security software and keep it updated.
  2. Keep Windows and other applications up-to-date.
  3. Backup your data regularly to a CD, DVD, or external USB drive.
  4. Don’t respond to email messages if you don’t know the sender.
  5. Don’t click on email attachments if you don’t know the sender.
  6. Don’t click on links in email or IM (instant messaging) messages. Type the address directly into your web browser.
  7. Don’t give out personal information in response to an email or other message, even if it looks official.
  8. Only shop, bank or socialise on secure sites. Make sure the URL starts with ‘https://’.
  9. Use a different password for each web site or service you use. Don’t recycle them (e.g. ‘jackie1’, ‘jackie2’). Don’t make them easy to guess (e.g. mum’s name, pet’s name). Don’t tell anyone your passwords.

 

Malware Calendar Wallpaper for December 2011

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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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