Category: Malware

Tunneling Under the Sands

Executive Summary ASERT recently came across spear-phishing emails targeting the Office of the First Deputy Prime Minister of Bahrain. A similar campaign uncovered by Palo Alto’s Unit 42 found the activity distributing an updated variant of BONDUPDATER, a PowerShell-based Trojan, which they attribute to Iranian APT […]

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Kardon Loader Looks for Beta Testers

Kardon Loader Advertisement

Key Findings ASERT researchers discovered Kardon Loader being advertised on underground forums. Kardon Loader features functionality allowing customers to open their own botshop, which grants the purchaser the ability to rebuild the bot and sell access to others. Kardon Loader is in early stages of […]

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OMG – Mirai Minions are Wicked

Executive Summary Mirai, seen as revolutionary for malware that targets the Internet of Things (IoT), has wrought destruction around the globe and popularized IoT based malware. Mirai was utilized by attackers to launch multiple high-profile, high-impact DDoS attacks against various Internet properties and services in […]

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Lojack Becomes a Double-Agent

Executive Summary ASERT recently discovered Lojack agents containing malicious C2s. These hijacked agents pointed to suspected Fancy Bear (a.k.a. APT28, Pawn Storm) domains.  The InfoSec community and the U.S. government have both attributed Fancy Bear activity to Russian espionage activity.  Fancy Bear actors typically choose […]

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Musical Chairs Playing Tetris

February 20, 2018: This blog has been amended since it was originally published on February 15, 2018. This version removes the association with the APT group responsible for the Night Dragon campaign that we had incorrectly made. We thank the research team at Palo Alto […]

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The ARC of Satori

Authors: Pete Arzamendi, Matt Bing, and Kirk Soluk. Satori, the heir-apparent to the infamous IOT malware Mirai, was discovered by researchers in December 2017. The word “satori” means “enlightenment” or “understanding” in Japanese, but the evolution of the Satori malware has brought anything but clarity. […]

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