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Talos Security Intelligence & Research Group

The Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group (Talos) is made up of leading threat researchers supported by sophisticated systems to create threat intelligence for Cisco products that detects, analyzes and protects against both known and emerging threats. Talos maintains the official rule sets of Snort.org, ClamAV, SenderBase.org and SpamCop. This blog profile is managed by multiple authors with expertise that spans software development, reverse engineering, vulnerability triage, malware investigation and intelligence gathering.

Talos is the primary team that contributes threat information to the Cisco Collective Security Intelligence (CSI) ecosystem. Cisco CSI is shared across multiple security solutions and provides industry-leading security protections and efficacy. In addition to threat researchers, CSI is driven by intelligence infrastructure, product and service telemetry, public and private feeds and the open source community.

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December 4, 2020

THREAT RESEARCH

Threat Roundup for November 27 to December 4

Today, Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between November 27 and December 4. As with previous roundups, this post isn’t meant to be an in-depth analysis. Instead, this post will summarize the threats we’ve observed by highlighting key behavioral characteristics, indicators of compromise, and discussing how our customers are automatically […]

December 1, 2020

SECURITY

Xanthe – Docker aware miner

By Vanja Svajcer and Adam Pridgen, Cisco Incident Command Attackers are constantly reinventing ways of monetizing their tools. Cisco Talos recently discovered an interesting campaign affecting Linux systems employing a multi-modular botnet with several ways to spread and a payload focused on providing financial benefits for the attacker by mining Monero online currency. The actor […]

November 20, 2020

THREAT RESEARCH

Threat Roundup for November 13 to November 20

Today, Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between November 13 and November 20. As with previous roundups, this post isn’t meant to be an in-depth analysis. Instead, this post will summarize the threats we’ve observed by highlighting key behavioral characteristics, indicators of compromise, and discussing how our customers are automatically […]

November 18, 2020

THREAT RESEARCH

Back from vacation: Analyzing Emotet’s activity in 2020

By Nick Biasini, Edmund Brumaghin, and Jaeson Schultz. Emotet is one of the most heavily distributed malware families today. Cisco Talos observes large quantities of Emotet emails being sent to individuals and organizations around the world on an almost daily basis. These emails are typically sent automatically by previously infected systems   attempting to infect […]

November 17, 2020

THREAT RESEARCH

Nibiru ransomware variant decryptor

Nikhil Hegde developed this tool. Weak encryption The Nibiru ransomware is a .NET-based malware family. It traverses directories in the local disks, encrypts files with Rijndael-256 and gives them a .Nibiru extension. Rijndael-256 is a secure encryption algorithm. However, Nibiru uses a hard-coded string “Nibiru” to compute the 32-byte key and 16-byte IV values. The […]

November 13, 2020

THREAT RESEARCH

Threat Roundup for November 6 to November 13

Today, Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between November 6 and November 13. As with previous roundups, this post isn’t meant to be an in-depth analysis. Instead, this post will summarize the threats we’ve observed by highlighting key behavioral characteristics, indicators of compromise, and discussing how our customers are automatically […]

November 12, 2020

SECURITY

CRAT wants to plunder your endpoints

By Asheer Malhotra. Cisco Talos has observed a new version of a remote access trojan (RAT) family known as CRAT. Apart from the prebuilt RAT capabilities, the malware can download and deploy additional malicious plugins on the infected endpoint. One of the plugins is a ransomware known as “Hansom.” CRAT has been attributed to the Lazarus […]

November 6, 2020

THREAT RESEARCH

Threat Roundup for October 30 to November 6

Today, Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between October 30 and November 6. As with previous roundups, this post isn’t meant to be an in-depth analysis. Instead, this post will summarize the threats we’ve observed by highlighting key behavioral characteristics, indicators of compromise, and discussing how our customers are […]

October 30, 2020

THREAT RESEARCH

Threat Roundup for October 23 to October 30

Today, Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between October 23 and October 30. As with previous roundups, this post isn’t meant to be an in-depth analysis. Instead, this post will summarize the threats we’ve observed by highlighting key behavioral characteristics, indicators of compromise, and discussing how our customers are […]