US News Eset: New hacking campaign is aimed at the foreign ministry of an EU member

19:10  03 december  2020
19:10  03 december  2020 Source:   zdnet.de

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Researchers from the security provider Eset have uncovered a new hacking campaign , which counts the foreign ministry of an EU member state among its victims. A malware called new Crutch is used here . It steals confidential documents and other files by uploading them to Dropbox accounts controlled by the attackers.

The campaign has been active since 2015. The researchers link them to the hacking group known as Turla, which the British National Cyber ​​Security Center believes is receiving support from the Russian government.

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Crutch, in turn, is said to have been developed for attacks on specific targets. Apart from the information that it is a foreign ministry of an EU member state, Eset has so far withheld all details about possible victims. The ministry should, however, fit the general direction of Turla.

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According to the analysis, Crutch is only used after a victim's network has already been compromised, for example via a spear phishing attack. Crutch sets up as a backdoor and communicates with an already defined Dropbox account. The hackers would have chosen the online storage service in order not to generate any unusual or conspicuous network traffic when uploading files and to avoid detection.

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Eset also found that Crutch had been updated several times over the years. “The main malicious activity is the exfiltration of documents and other sensitive files. The sophistication of the attacks and the technical details of the discovery confirm that the Turla group has considerable resources to operate such a large and diverse arsenal, ”said Matthieu Faou, malware researcher at Eset.

Negligence on the part of the victims also helped the hackers to spread their malware on a compromised network. "During the investigation, we found that attackers were able to move sideways and compromise additional computers by reusing admin passwords," added Faou. “I believe that restricting movement would make the life of the attacker much more difficult. This means that users are prevented from acting as admin by using two-factor authentication and unique and complex passwords for admin accounts. "

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