Incidents

Search poisoning, again

Another day, another disaster, this time a big earthquake on Haiti, and once again, the bad guys are exploiting this subject to poison search results so that those looking for some news get lead to a page offering a rogue AV solution. We’re detecting this rogue software, and all its variants, as UDS:DangerousObject.Multi.Generic.

Our colleagues at Sunbelt Software have identified more than 50 search items used on search engines to lead the user to a malicious page. This isn’t exclusive to Google – Yahoo! results also are affected by the same trick:

Another interesting fact is you only get redirected to the malicious page offering the rogue AV if the referral link originated in a search engine page. If you try to directly access the URL, you’ll see a clean page:

Search poisoning, again

Search poisoning, again

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Reports

LuminousMoth APT: Sweeping attacks for the chosen few

We recently came across unusual APT activity that was detected in high volumes, albeit most likely aimed at a few targets of interest. Further analysis revealed that the actor, which we dubbed LuminousMoth, shows an affinity to the HoneyMyte group, otherwise known as Mustang Panda.

WildPressure targets the macOS platform

We found new malware samples used in WildPressure campaigns: newer version of the C++ Milum Trojan, a corresponding VBScript variant with the same version number, and a Python script working on both Windows and macOS.

Ferocious Kitten: 6 years of covert surveillance in Iran

Ferocious Kitten is an APT group that has been targeting Persian-speaking individuals in Iran. Some of the TTPs used by this threat actor are reminiscent of other groups, such as Domestic Kitten and Rampant Kitten. In this report we aim to provide more details on these findings.

Andariel evolves to target South Korea with ransomware

In April 2021, we observed a suspicious Word document with a Korean file name and decoy. It revealed a novel infection scheme and an unfamiliar payload. After a deep analysis, we came to a conclusion: the Andariel group was behind these attacks.

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