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Musical Chairs Playing Tetris

Introduction ASERT has discovered new command-and-control infrastructure controlled by the APT actors behind the Musical Chairs campaign.  The security research community has associated these actors with significant campaigns in the past, including the pivotal Night Dragon campaign reported on by McAfee in 2011.  The actors […]

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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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Reaper Madness

On October 19th, a team of security researchers warned of a new IoT Botnet that had already infected “an estimated million organizations” and that was poised to “take down the internet”. This report was subsequently picked up by the press and spread quickly via social media. […]

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SnatchLoader Reloaded

Executive Summary SnatchLoader is a “downloader” malware—a type of malware that specializes in distributing (or loading) other malware onto infected computers. We first started seeing it in the wild around January 2017, but after a few months it went dormant. Recently, development of the malware […]

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Down to the WireX

Over the course of the last few weeks, a botnet comprised mainly of Android mobile devices has been utilized to launch a high-impact DDoS extortion campaign against multiple organizations in the travel and hospitality sector. This botnet, dubbed ‘WireX’, is only the second mobile botnet […]

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LockPoS Joins the Flock

While revisiting a Flokibot campaign that was targeting point of sale (PoS) systems in Brazil earlier this year, we discovered something interesting. One of the command and control (C2) servers that had been dormant for quite some time had suddenly woken up and started distributing […]

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Patching Not Enough to Stop Petya

Voluminous amounts of information have already been disseminated regarding the “Petya” (or is it “NotPetya”? [1]) ransomware that hit the Ukraine hard [2] along with organizations such as “the American pharmaceutical giant Merck, the Danish shipping company AP Moller-Maersk, the British advertising firm WPP, Saint-Gobain […]

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