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North Korean Lazarus Hackers Targeting Energy Providers Around the World

North Korean Lazarus Hackers Targeting Energy Providers Around the World
Sep 08, 2022
A malicious campaign mounted by the North Korea-linked Lazarus Group  targeted energy providers around the world, including those based in the United States, Canada, and Japan, between February and July 2022. "The campaign is meant to infiltrate organizations around the world for establishing long-term access and subsequently exfiltrating data of interest to the adversary's nation-state," Cisco Talos  said  in a report shared with The Hacker News. Some elements of the espionage attacks have already entered public domain, courtesy of prior reports from Broadcom-owned  Symantec  and  AhnLab  earlier this April and May. Symantec attributed the operation to a group referred to as Stonefly, a Lazarus subgroup which is better known as Andariel, Guardian of Peace, OperationTroy, and Silent Chollima. While these attacks previously led to the instrumentation of Preft (aka Dtrack) and NukeSped (aka Manuscrypt) implants, the latest attack wave is notable for employing two other pieces of mal

North Korean Hackers Deploying New MagicRAT Malware in Targeted Campaigns

North Korean Hackers Deploying New MagicRAT Malware in Targeted Campaigns
Sep 07, 2022
The prolific North Korean nation-state actor known as the Lazarus Group has been linked to a new remote access trojan called  MagicRAT . The previously unknown piece of malware is said to have been deployed in victim networks that had been initially breached via successful exploitation of internet-facing VMware Horizon servers, Cisco Talos said in a report shared with The Hacker News. "While being a relatively simple RAT capability-wise, it was built with recourse to the  Qt Framework , with the sole intent of making human analysis harder, and automated detection through machine learning and heuristics less likely," Talos researchers Jung soo An, Asheer Malhotra, and Vitor Ventura  said . Lazarus Group , also known as APT38, Dark Seoul, Hidden Cobra, and Zinc, refers to a cluster of financial motivated and espionage-driven  cyber activities  undertaken by the North Korean government as a means to sidestep sanctions imposed on the country and meet its strategic objectives
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