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Loki is a very popular bot/stealer malware which has been for sale in the underground since 2015.  In 2017, two hackers from the Russian hacking forum fuckav.ru cracked Loki and released a cracked builder.  Once the cracked builder was released new unofficial versions of Loki were found for sale in novice English speaking forums for less than the original version. 


This report provides details on the following Loki…

Summary Beginning in August of 2017, a new cryptocurrency mining botnet, dubbed Smominru, started propagating via the recently leaked Eternal Blue exploit. Smominru, aka MyKings, is characterized by the targeting of Windows systems using WMI as a file-less persistence mechanism. As of March 2019, Smominru showed no signs of slowing down. Wapack Labs has identified approximately 316K victims connecting to Smominru infrastructure over a period of 6 days. This report provides a high-level overview…

China’s need for energy has skyrocketed over the last 20 years as the country has gotten richer and the middle class—now 400 million—has grown into a significant segment of the population.  Energy demands are not being met by domestic production, so China is now a net importer of oil, natural gas, and coal.

China’s energy source mix has traditionally been dominated by coal, but the share of energy produced by coal is dropping.  China is highly dependent on imported oil,…

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Hackers are using “SWIFT monetary transfer” themed files to lure users into opening them.  These files have been identified malicious.  Wapack Labs studied a sample group of SWIFT-themed malicious files during a 30 days period in February-March 2019.  Nearly half are classified as Lokibot, and 12 percent were detected exploiting CVE-2017-11882 "Microsoft Office Memory Corruption Vulnerability."  Most of the samples were submitted from either Ukraine, the Czech…

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Wapack Labs reports on the use of vessel names as lures in malicious emails.  Using the names of Motor Vessel (MV), or Merchant/Motor Tanker (MT) in the subject line, is a social engineering tactic used by attackers when sending malicious emails to companies related to the shipping industry.  Successful infiltrations into transportation related networks can result in the theft of valuable financial information or corrupt a system with damaging results.   This…

Mikrotik is a Latvian router and is popular hardware product in many countries. Beginning in 2018, attackers began exploiting vulnerabilities for Mikrotik routers, as well as attempting brute force attacks. As a result, compromised Mikrotik routers have since been leveraged in a host of botnet related activities and fraud. Many of the compromised Mikrotik devices were also made into SOCKS or HTTP proxies and were reported in a number anonymous proxy lists. In March of 2019, Wapack Labs…

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Shared through the Multi-State (MS)-ISAC: A vulnerability have been discovered in Google Chrome, which could result in arbitrary code execution.  Google Chrome is a web browser used to access the Internet.  This vulnerability can be exploited if a user visits, or is redirected to, a specially crafted web page.  Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser.…

Huawei Technologies and its 5G network construction work around the world have created concern in many quarters.  The chief cause for this con cern is the perception that Huawei networks have a unique potential for exploitation by Chinese intelligence services.   

A Wapack Labs review to determine the scale of this problem showed that Huawei is in fact involved in 5G infrastructure development in many countries.  Germany, Ireland,…

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APT-C-36 or Blind Eagle (BE) is an APT group that is believed to originate from South America.  BE has been carrying out attacks against Colombian government institutions, to include the financial sector, petroleum industry and professional manufacturing.  BE has been active since April 2018.  Affected targets include Ecopetrol (Colombian Oil Company), Banco Agrario (State Financial Institution) and IMSA (Colombian Wheel Manufacturer).  It…

On 13 February 2019, Bank of Valletta (BOV) employees discovered the hackers' intrusion and temporarily shut down all BOV IT systems. Wapack Labs analysis shows a continued heightened risk for BOV - primarily due exposed plain text employees’ passwords, signs of botnet connections from the BOV networks, incoming malicious emails, to inherent industry targeting, and a shared IT infrastructure with a French shipping company
Summary Wapack Labs has identified a new credential stuffing tool named BlackBullet for sale through third-party hacking sites. BlackBullet started selling on hacking sites in early 2018 and will be available in open source in March 2019. This report provides background information on the BlackBullet tool, outlines capabilities, and identifies companies targeted for credential stuffing.

The Network Systems Department (NSD) of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Strategic Support Force, created in December 2015, appears to be the entity where military cyber operations are now based.  It is a challenging collection target and many aspects of this PLA organization are still unknown.

The NSD is very rarely mentioned in open sources by its actual name.  Instead, new data confirms that it uses the cover designator “32069 Unit.”  Using this as a search term,…

New Exploit Threatens Over 9,000 Hackable Cisco RV320/RV325 Routers Worldwide

If your company uses Cisco RV320 or RV325 Dual Gigabit WAN VPN routers, then technicians should immediately install the latest firmware update released by the Cisco last week.  

Cyber attackers have actively been exploiting two newly patched high-severity router vulnerabilities, after a security researcher released their proof-of-concept exploit code on the Internet last weekend.  The…

Summary King Servers is a Russian hosting firm whose servers have been involved in numerous Russian criminal and Russian APT activities over the last few years. These activities include the compromise of the Arizona and Illinois SBOE (State Board of Elections) websites in 2016, and the use of King Server IP’s as C2’s for the newest Trickbot module. Wapack Labs also found that in February 2018, King Servers hosted the Emotet malicious email campaign involving denniscrawford2014[.]com. This…

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China’s Tencent Games is the developer of the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a vastly popular game that Wapack Labs has identified as being used to create botnets for conducting industrial fraud.  This report examines the relationship between Tencent and the Chinese government to explore the question of whether Tencent is a witting participant in this activity or being used by malicious actors in the government.…

ProxyLTE, a supplier of US based mobile and home router proxies, has been identified as one component in a large-scale fraud, targeting a Wapack Labs’ client. ProxyLTE.com was created in late 2017, however associated malware was first observed in 2013. This report includes details on ProxyLTE malware and associated infrastructure.

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Information regarding a group of Chinese APT cyber actors stealing high value information from commercial and governmental victims in the US and abroad was recently collected and analyzed by US federal authorities.  This Chinese APT group is known within private sector reporting as APT10, Cloud Hopper, menuPass, Stone Panda, Red Apollo, CVNX and POTASSIUM.  This group heavily targets managed service providers (MSP) who offer cloud computing…

2019 Cyber Security Threat and Vulnerability Predictions

This report outlines our predictions regarding cyber threats and vulnerabilities for 2019.  We base those on the trends Wapack Labs were observing during 2018.  The main topics are artificial intelligence, IoT and mobile, cryptocurrency cybercrime, APT activity, and eCommerce targeting.

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China has long exerted control over Internet content and access by its citizens.  The censorship regime known as the Great Firewall of China has been used to eliminate unwanted content such as criticism of Communist Party leadership.  Since Xi Jinping’s became president in 2013, that regime has been tightening up in many ways. 

China’s right to control its own portion of the Internet has been defended by…