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Malware Calendar Wallpaper for October 2011

Here’s the latest of our malware calendar wallpapers.


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This month’s wallpaper highlights the worldwide nature of cybercrime.

The Internet has made the world a very small place. Once we connect, we’re able to access web resources anywhere in the world. This has had a profound effect on online criminality. Unlike real-world criminals, who must have sight of their victims, the Internet means that we can all become the potential targets of cybercriminals who may be located anywhere in the world. Cybercrime is, therefore, a worldwide phenomenon.

This doesn’t mean that malware development is spread evenly across the globe. There have always been development ‘hot-spots’ focused on creation of certain types of malware. For example, botnet development in Russia, or the creation of banking Trojans in Latin America.

There can also be victim ‘hot-spots’ too. This may occur where the use of computers – and the Internet – is developing rapidly, but where the level of awareness of the risks is low. Or where a target operating system has a high install-base – as with the spread of fake anti-virus programs for Mac OS in the second quarter of 2011.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the geography of malware, take a look at our report IT threat evolution: Q2 2011

And wherever you live or work, it’s important to understand the risks and take appropriate action to reduce your exposure to them.

Malware Calendar Wallpaper for October 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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