IndigoDrop spreads via military-themed lures to deliver Cobalt Strike
By Asheer Malhotra. Cisco Talos has observed a malware campaign that utilizes military-themed malicious Microsoft Office documents (maldocs) to spread Cobalt Strike beacons containing full-fledged RAT capabilities. These maldocs use malicious macros to deliver a multistage and highly modular infection. This campaign appears to target military and government organizations in South Asia. Network-based detection, although […]
PoetRAT Uses Covid-19 Lures To Attack Azerbajian
Cisco Talos has discovered a new malware campaign based on a previously unknown family we’re calling “PoetRAT.” At this time, we do not believe this attack is associated with an already known threat actor. Our research shows the malware was distributed using URLs that mimic some Azerbaijan government domains, thus we believe the adversaries in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Checkrain fake iOS jailbreak leads to click fraud
Attackers are capitalizing on the recent discovery of a new vulnerability that exists across legacy iOS hardware. Cisco Talos recently discovered a malicious actor using a fake website that claims...
Cryptocurrency miners aren’t dead yet: Documenting the voracious but simple “Panda”
A new threat actor named “Panda” has generated thousands of dollars worth of the Monero cryptocurrency through the use of remote access tools (RATs) and illicit cryptocurrency-mining malware.