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Malware Calendar Wallpaper for June 2011

Here’s the latest of our malware wallpaper calendars.


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This month marks the anniversary of the appearance of Cabir, the first malware for mobile phones. This worm – a proof-of-concept worm created by ‘Vallez’, a member of the virus writing group 29A – was designed to infect devices running the Symbian operating system and to spread using Bluetooth.

Mobile malware has come a long way since then.

  • There are now thousands of mobile threats.
  • Mobile malware is no longer proof-of-concept.
  • Like PC-based malware, most of today’s threats are designed to steal money.
  • There are threats targeting most mobile operating systems. But the majority are cross-platform, Java-based threats.

On top of this, the use of smartphones has increased massively. And we’re all doing so much more with them – at home, at work, or both. As a result, they hold so much more confidential data; and the risk of data leakage from lost or stolen handsets is far greater than at any time in the past.

We all need to be very clear: that’s a computer in our pockets or bags – not just a telephone!

Malware Calendar Wallpaper for June 2011

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Reports

The leap of a Cycldek-related threat actor

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.

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.

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