January 10, 2013 | Jaime Blasco

New year, new Java zeroday!

Earlier this morning @Kafeine alerted us about a new Java zeroday being exploited in the wild. With the files we were able to obtain we reproduced the exploit in a fully patched new installation of Java. As you can see below we tricked the malicious Java applet to execute the calc.exe in our lab.The Java file is highly…

December 29, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

Just another water hole campaign using an Internet Explorer 0day

At the beginning of the week we started to analyze a water hole campaign that was present on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) portal. After studying the attack and the payload and realizing that it was likely using a zeroday exploit against Internet Explorer, we  sent the information to Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) that is still investigating the…

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December 19, 2012 | Alberto Ortega

Hardening Cuckoo Sandbox against VM aware malware

Some time ago, we wrote a post about how a lot of malware samples check the execution environment, and if it is unwanted (VM, debugger, sandbox, ...) the execution unexpectedly finishes.We use Cuckoo Sandbox in the lab for our analysis tasks, we really love how customizable it is.Sometimes we have to deal with malware aware of the execution environment,…

December 17, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

Batchwiper: Just Another Wiping Malware

A few days ago, The Iranian CERT (Maher Center) released information about a new identified targeted malware with wiping capabilities. The piece of code is very simple and it deletes files on different drives on specific dates.The original dropper is a self-extracting RAR file with the name GrooveMonitor.exe. Once executed it extracts the following files:\WINDOWS\system32…

December 12, 2012 | Dominique Karg

The Eternal Life of Malware

2012 proves that modern malware never dies, just morphs and reappears.Download OSSIM and check out the global contributions that are making OTX so valuable.Embed this image in your site by copying/pasting the following code:<p><a href=”http://www.alienvault.com/alienvault-labs/open-threat-exchange/”><img src=”https://www.alienvault.com/images…

November 5, 2012 | Alberto Ortega

Your malware shall not fool us with those anti analysis tricks

It is well known that a big amount of malware samples are aware of the execution environment. This means that a malware sample can change his behavior if it detects that the running environment is unwanted.There are resources, public source code, and even programs that detail how to bypass automatic malware analysis systems and make things awkward for malware…

October 31, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

Georbot Botnet - A cyber espionage campaign against Georgian Government

A few days ago, CERT-Georgia published a great report describing a cyber spionage campaign. ESET wrote a great report (http://blog.eset.com/wp-content/media_files/ESET_win32georbot_analysis_final.pdf) [no longer available] a few months ago as well. The report said the malware was found in Georgian Governmental Agencies including ministries, parliament, banks, ngo’s.…

September 19, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

New versions of the IExplorer ZeroDay emerge targeting Defence and Industrial companies

As we related in our previous blog post the latest Internet Explorer ZeroDay is being used to target specific sectors including the Defence and Industrial ones.Following our investigations on the servers found serving the Internet Explorer Zeroday and using OSINT, we were able to use the WHOIS mail address and the ip addresses used by the attackers…

September 18, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

The connection between the Plugx Chinese gang and the latest Internet Explorer Zeroday

Some hours ago my friend PhysicalDrive0 pointed me to a new version of Moh2010.swf that was found in the wild as part of some content exploiting the last Internet Explorer Zeroday.The exploit code was being served on www.nod32XX.com hosted on:The exploit scheme is the same one, the original vector is hosted under /Exploit.html.…

September 17, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

New Internet Explorer zero day being exploited in the wild

After the http://labs.alienvault.com/labs/index.php/2012/new-java-0day-exploited-in-the-wild/ [no longer available] last zero day exploit on Java we reported some weeks ago it appears that a new 0day has been found in Internet Explorer by the same authors that created the Java one.Yesterday, Eric Romang reported the findings of a new exploit code on the…

September 13, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

Tracking down the author of the PlugX RAT

Some days ago, TrendMicro published some information about a new version of a RAT called PlugX. From the last few months we have been tracking a group using the PlugX RAT that has been attacking different targets especially in Japan, Taiwan, Korea and against Tibetan organizations and individuals.In this post we will focus on the intelligence we have extracted…

August 28, 2012 | Barmak Meftah

AlienVault Named a World Economic Forum 2013 Technology Pioneer!

Today is an exciting, inspiring and humbling day for our team. The World Economic Forum just announced that AlienVault has been selected as one of the organization’s Technology Pioneers for 2013. A renowned international organization committed to “improving the state of the world” by bringing together leaders in business, politics, academia and other areas of society to…

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