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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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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 […]

October 30, 2020

THREAT RESEARCH

Cisco Talos Advisory on Adversaries Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector

Background Cisco Talos has become aware that an adversary is leveraging Trickbot banking trojan and Ryuk ransomware to target U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers at an increasing rate. Security journalists reported on October 28, 2020 that the adversary was preparing to encrypt systems at “potentially hundreds” of medical centers and hospitals, based on a tip from a […]

October 29, 2020

THREAT RESEARCH

DoNot’s Firestarter abuses Google Firebase Cloud Messaging to spread

The newly discovered Firestarter malware uses Google Firebase Cloud Messaging to notify its authors of the final payload location. Even if the command and control (C2) is taken down, the DoNot team can still redirect the malware to another C2 using Google infrastructure. The approach in the final payload upload denotes a highly personalized targeting […]

October 23, 2020

THREAT RESEARCH

Threat Roundup for October 16 to October 23

Today, Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between October 16 and October 23. 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 20, 2020

THREAT RESEARCH

Dynamic Data Resolver – Version 1.0.1 beta

Cisco Talos is releasing a new beta version of Dynamic Data Resolver (DDR) today. This release comes with a new architecture for samples using multi-threading. The process and thread tracing has been completely reimplemented. We also fixed a few bugs and memory leaks. Another new feature is that the DDR backend now comes in two […]

October 16, 2020

THREAT RESEARCH

Threat Roundup for October 9 to October 16

Today, Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between October 9 and October 16. 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 13, 2020

SECURITY

Lemon Duck brings cryptocurrency miners back into the spotlight

Attackers are constantly reinventing ways of monetizing their tools. Cisco Talos recently discovered a complex campaign employing a multi-modular botnet with multiple ways to spread. This threat, known as “Lemon Duck,” has a cryptocurrency mining payload that steals computer resources to mine the Monero virtual currency. The actor employs various methods to spread across the […]