Tropic Trooper Targets Taiwanese Government and Fossil Fuel Provider With Poison Ivy

Taiwan has been a regular target of cyber espionage threat actors for a number of years. Reasons for Taiwan being targeted range from being one of the sovereign states of the disputed South China Sea region to its emerging economy and growth with Taiwan being one of the most innovative countries in the High-Tech industry

Tracking Elirks Variants in Japan: Similarities to Previous Attacks

A recent, well-publicized attack on a Japanese business involved two malware families, PlugX and Elirks, that were found during the investigation. PlugX has been used in a number of attacks since first being discovered in 2012, and we have published several articles related to its use, including an analysis of an attack campaign targeting Japanese

Attacks on East Asia using Google Code for Command and Control

Recently, FireEye published a blog titled “Operation Poisoned Hurricane” which detailed the use of PlugX malware variants signed with legitimate certificates that used Google Code project pages for command and control (C2). We were able to uncover multiple additional samples exploiting the same technique as well as an additional Google Code account with multiple projects

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