Operation Comando: How to Run a Cheap and Effective Credit Card Business

In December 2018, Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 researchers identified an ongoing campaign with a strong focus on the hospitality sector, specifically on hotel reservations. Although our initial analysis didn’t show any novel or advanced techniques, we did observe strong persistence during the campaign that triggered our curiosity.

New BabyShark Malware Targets U.S. National Security Think Tanks

In February 2019, Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 researchers identified spear phishing emails sent in November 2018 containing new malware that shares infrastructure with playbooks associated with North Korean campaigns. The emails had a malicious Excel macro document attached, which when executed led to a new Microsoft Visual Basic (VB) script-based malware family which we are dubbing “BabyShark”.

Threat Brief: Understanding Domain Generation Algorithms (DGA)

One of the most important “innovations” in malware in the past decade is what’s called a Domain Generation Algorithm (“DGA”)”. While DGA has been in use for over 10 years now, it’s still a potent technique that has been a particular challenge for defenders to counter. Fortunately, there are emerging technologies now that can better counter DGAs.

menuPass Playbook and IOCs

On December 20, 2018 the US Department of Justice indicted two Chinese nationals on charges of computer hacking, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The two are alleged members of a hacking group known as menuPass . The compromised organizations were located around the world in industries such as banking and finance, healthcare and medical equipment, government, aerospace, defense, telecommunications, and consumer electronics.  Unit 42 is releasing all IOCs we have associated with menuPass in an effort to provide defenders with an extensive list of their malware and attack infrastructure.

Threat Brief: Twelve Tips for the Holidays

This time every year, people all over the world get new devices. Regardless of what holiday(s) you may (or may not) celebrate, the end of the year is a time for people to give and receive some of the latest devices to come on to the market. Nothing spoils a new gadget more than having

Unit 42 Cloud Security Trends and Tips

The benefits for enterprises moving to the cloud are clear: greater flexibility, agility, scalability and cost savings. However, adopting public cloud infrastructure can also magnify security risks and compliance challenges. Unit 42’s latest report examines the latest cloud security trends and tips.

Unit 42 Vulnerability Research October 2018 Disclosures – Adobe

As part of Unit 42’s ongoing threat research, we can now disclose that Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 researchers have discovered ten vulnerabilities addressed by the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) as part of their October 2018 APSB18-30 security update release.   CVE Vulnerability Category Impact Maximum Severity Rating Researcher(s) CVE-2018-12769 Use After

Operation Lotus Blossom: A New Nation-State Cyberthreat?

Today Unit 42 published new research identifying a persistent cyber espionage campaign targeting government and military organizations in Southeast Asia. The adversary group responsible for the campaign, which we named “Lotus Blossom,” is well organized and likely state-sponsored, with support from a country that has interests in Southeast Asia. The campaign has been in operation

KeyBase Keylogger Malware Family Exposed

In recent months, our team has been tracking a keylogger malware family named KeyBase that has been in the wild since February 2015. The malware comes equipped with a variety of features and can be purchased for $50 directly from the author. It has been deployed in attacks against organizations across many industries and is

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