Incidents

Mistyping leads to infections!

Cybercriminals like to register domain names that are very similar to actual, well known domain names but with one or more letters changed. In many cases a potential victim will mistype a letter and in this way arrives at a fake Web site instead of the original one.

Here is just one example of this: a copy of the official Russian Web page of Kaspersky. The criminals added just one small line inside of the ‘downloads’ tab promoting a fake download for a free, one year copy of Kaspersky Internet Security 2011.

Instead of KIS 2011 the victim gets malware. This is ransomware which, after the installation, forces a reboot of your PC. Upon completing the reboot the malware shows a fake message that you’ve won a prize of a Samsung Galaxy S cellphone for just 1200 rubles (40 USD)! To claim this prize, you should pay via SMS text or, optionally through one of the popular on-line payments systems in Russia.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus detects this threat as Trojan-Ransom.MSIL.FakeInstaller.e
In the time of writing of this blogpost the malicious site was still on-line and also detected by Kaspersky Internet Security Web Anti-Virus as a fraudulent one.

Mistyping leads to infections!

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Reports

Operation TunnelSnake

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.

APT trends report Q1 2021

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 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.

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