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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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February 20, 2020

THREAT RESEARCH

ObliqueRAT: New RAT hits victims’ endpoints via malicious documents

By Asheer Malhotra. Cisco Talos has observed a malware campaign that utilizes malicious Microsoft Office documents (maldocs) to spread a remote access trojan (RAT) we’re calling “ObliqueRAT.” These maldocs use malicious macros to deliver the second stage RAT payload. This campaign appears to target organizations in Southeast Asia. Network based detection, although important, should be […]

February 18, 2020

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Building a bypass with MSBuild

By Vanja Svajcer. In one of our previous posts, we discussed the usage of default operating system functionality and other legitimate executables to execute the so-called “living-off-the-land” approach to the post-compromise phase of an attack. We called those binaries LoLBins. Since then, Cisco Talos has analyzed telemetry we received from Cisco products and attempted to […]

February 14, 2020

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Threat Roundup for February 7 to February 14

Today, Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between Feb 7 and Feb 14. 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 […]

February 13, 2020

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Threat actors attempt to capitalize on coronavirus outbreak

By Nick Biasini and Edmund Brumaghin. Coronavirus is dominating the news and threat actors are taking advantage. Cisco Talos has found multiple malware families being distributed with Coronavirus lures and themes. This includes emotet and several RAT variants. Executive Summary Using the news to try and increase clicks and drive traffic is nothing new for […]

February 12, 2020

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Loda RAT Grows Up

By Chris Neal. Over the past several months, Cisco Talos has observed a malware campaign that utilizes websites hosting a new version of Loda, a remote access trojan (RAT) written in AutoIT. These websites also host malicious documents that begin a multi-stage infection chain which ultimately serves a malicious MSI file. The second stage document […]

February 7, 2020

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Threat Roundup for January 31 to February 7

Today, Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between Jan 31 and Feb 7. 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 […]

January 31, 2020

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Threat Roundup for January 24 to January 31

Today, Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between Jan 24 and Jan 31. 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 […]

January 24, 2020

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Threat Roundup for January 17 to January 24

Today, Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between Jan 17 and Jan 24. 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 […]

January 21, 2020

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Breaking down a two-year run of Vivin’s cryptominers

News Summary There is another large-scale cryptomining attack from an actor we are tracking as “Vivin” that has been active since at least November 2017. “Vivin” has consistently evolved over the past few years, despite having poor operational security and exposing key details of their campaign. By Andrew Windsor. Talos has identified a new threat […]