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.
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This week was stacked with original research. First up was the Sodinokibi ransomware, which we saw being distributed via a zero-day vulnerability in Oracle WebLogic. Today, we also released our findings on a new variant of Qakbot, which is more difficult to detect than older versions.
Finally, 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.
Synopsis: Paul will give an overview of an espionage campaign targeting the Middle East that we called “DNSpionage.” First, he will go over the malware and its targets and then talk about the process the attackers took to direct DNSs. The talk will include a timeline of all events in this attack, including an alert from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Description: Oracle released an out-of-band pouch for WebLogic servers that could allow an attacker to carry out remote code execution attacks. Security researchers discovered the bug being exploited earlier this month by attackers in the wild. Oracle assigned the bug CVE-2019-2725 and gave it a CVSS score of 9.8/10, highlighting how serious the issue is. WebLogix server owners are urged to update as soon as possible. Snort SIDs: 49942, 49943
Description: A loader known as "JasperLoader" has been increasingly active over the past few months and is currently being distributed via malicious spam campaigns primarily targeting central European countries, with a particular focus on Germany and Italy. JasperLoader employs a multi-stage infection process that features several obfuscation techniques that make analysis more difficult. It appears that this loader was designed with resiliency and flexibility in mind, as evidenced in later stages of the infection process. Snort SIDs: 49914, 49915
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