Talos Threat Source is a regular intelligence update from Cisco Talos, highlighting the biggest threats each week and other security news.
Welcome to this week’s Threat Source newsletter — the perfect place to get caught up on all things Talos from the past week.
You may remember our post from a few weeks back outlining a mobile device management (MDM) campaign targeting iPhone and Windows users. In our subsequent research, we have uncovered more about the attackers’ methods. We have this handy guide to show you what you can do to check and see if a malicious MDM is on your phone.
Talos also has a cool new YouTube channel, where we uploaded our first video on this MDM campaign and how to protect your mobile device.
Cryptocurrency mining has become the malware of choice for many malicious actors, given that they can generally be quietly installed and generate money for the attacker. One particular threat actor, Rocke, has carried out multiple campaigns to install miners on the machines of unsuspecting users. Here’s a deep dive into Rocke, along with an analysis of their infrastructure.
There’s also a new episode of the Beers with Talos podcast out. The guys, without Joel or Nigel, discuss the Remcos botnet that exists in somewhat of a grey area on the internet. Matt also discusses his (and his Twitter followers’) love of sporks.
We also have our weekly Threat Roundup, which you can find on the blog every Friday afternoon. There, we go over the most prominent threats we’ve seen (and blocked) over the past week.
If you want to see one of our researchers out and about, be sure to check below for upcoming public engagements where they will represent Talos.
Location: CactusCon, Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Arizona
Synopsis: The rise of ransomware has paralleled a rise in the value of cryptocurrencies. The two are not necessarily connected, but the impact has been. From an adversary's perspective, there are two primary ways of getting these currencies: ransom payouts or mining. Cryptocurrency mining has been around as long as cryptocurrency, and it's always been a trade-off. Can you earn enough currency to offset the electricity and hardware costs? Well, imagine if you didn't have to worry about either of them. This talk will provide a deep dive into pool mining, and how it is being leveraged by attackers.
Location: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Synopsis: Paul and Warren are hosting a joint talk on the Olympic Destroyer malware from earlier this year, and will cover why it is so difficult to attribute the attack. Vanja will also be hosting a workshop on manual kernel mode malware analysis.
Location: Texas Cyber Summit at Wyndham River Walk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas
Synopsis: Wiper malware has been leveraged by attackers for years to facilitate the destruction of data and systems. In many cases, this malware has caused widespread operational issues for organizations and critical infrastructure all over the globe. Attackers have increasingly been leveraging and improving upon their wiper malware over the past several years. This talk will cover several notable examples of wiper malware, how they were distributed and the impacts that resulted from these attacks.
Description: Cisco Talos has released additional coverage for a critical vulnerability in Apache Struts that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a targeted system. The bug impacts multiple Cisco products and has already been used in the wild(https://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/news/252447943/Another-patched-Apache-Struts-vulnerability-exploited) to install a cryptocurrency miner on multiple machines.
Description: There is a flaw in the way that Cisco TelePresence IX5000 Series software and Cisco TelePresence TX9000 series software handles HTML inline frames. The bug could allow a malicious actor to carry out click-jacking or other client-side browser-based attacks.
Description: The ransomware Shrug2 has been spotted in the wild with new features, making it more effective than the original version discovered in July. Shrug2, which is built on the .NET framework, can encrypt 76 different types of files. Once infected, a user is asked to pay $70 in the form of bitcoins to the attacker.
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