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Pentagon for sale

Here’s an unusual spam message that turned up today:

If it wasn’t for the official name at the top of the message, you could almost be forgiven for thinking it was just another real estate advert… “Fully furnished. Situated close to retail outlets. Excellent access to public transport and local schools. Contact US Department of Defense for more details…”

But on a more serious note, the aim of this mailing was most probably to check an address database. So, whatever you do, don’t reply to stuff like this. In any case, spammers often fake their return address so that all your emotional outpourings are unlikely to reach the right people. And if the spammers do use their real address, any response from you will confirm your account is active and you’ll end up getting much more unwanted mail.

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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

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Sunburst: connecting the dots in the DNS requests

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