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ESET has found that the Lazarus Group is specifically attacking logistics companies. This is tricky, because failures in global freight logistics can have serious consequences.
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has now discovered a previously unknown backdoor that was used in an attack on a freight logistics company in South Africa. Behind the malware is the infamous Lazarus group. For this purpose, the Security experts of the European IT security manufacturer have discovered similarities with previous operations and procedures of the Hacker Group. The backdoor named Vyveva has several espionage functions, such as collecting information on the destination computer and its forwarding to Lazarus calculator. An interruption of the IT systems would have been possible. The spying program communicates with its Command & Control (C & C) server via the gate network. Your results have now published the ESET researchers on WelivesCurity.
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"VyveVA has numerous similarities in the code with older Lazarus samples. In addition, the use of a fake TLS protocol in network communication, the concatenation of command lines and the way the encryption and gate services are used to be used to the APT group. Therefore, we can attribute the backdoor with high probability of the Lazarus group, "says Filip Jurčacko, the ESET researcher who analyzed Vyveva.
The investigations of the European IT security manufacturer indicate that VyveVA was used specifically. The ESET researchers could only find two sacrificial calculators, which are servers of a South African logistics company. In the analysis by the ESET researchers came out that Vyveva has been in use for at least December 2018.
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The backdoor executes commands issued by the hacker group, such as collecting sensitive data. Also, there is a command to change time stamp for files. The communication to the C & C server holds VyveVA via the gate network and contact it in three-minute intervals. The spy program sends information about the affected computer and its drives. Here, so-called watchdogs are used, which send a message to the C & C server for certain changes at the infected system.
"Particularly interesting are special watchdogs of the backdoor, which monitor newly connected and separated drives. Also, there is a watchdog that monitors the number of active sessions. This can be the number of logged-in users, for example. These components can trigger a connection to the Command and Control (C & C) server outside the regular, preconfigured three-minute interval, "explains Jurčacko.
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