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National Identity Fraud Prevention Week

This week is National Identity Fraud Prevention Week here in the UK. The initiative has been launched by a group of agencies, including the Metropolitan Police, CIFAS the UK Fraud Prevention Service, the Federation of Small Businesses, Callcredit, Experian, Equifax, Crimestoppers, Identity and Passport Service and Fellowes.

This campaign is designed to raise awareness of the problem and provide guidance to businesses and individuals about the steps they can take to combat identity fraud. The web site includes an online test designed to help you assess your risk to identity fraud and a range of download material.

Clearly, ‘user awareness’ is only part of the solution to online fraud, but it’s an important one. A recent GetSafeOnline report suggests that more than a fifth of UK users fear cyber crime more than they do domestic burglary. So any initiative designed to raise awareness about the potential problem and solutions is welcome.

National Identity Fraud Prevention Week

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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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