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Hackers Use Advanced Targeted Attack Tools to Compromise Machines Running Older Versions of Microsoft Windows OS

A new large scale cyber attack combines both the regular cybercrime and targeted attack tools to deliver cryptocurrency miners and ransomware. The campaign makes use of sophisticated hacking tools that previously used in targeted attacks.

Trend Micro researchers observed that the threat actors using a package of tools from the Equation group known publically as Shadow Brokers and the attack mainly targets the outdated versions of Microsoft Windows OS.

“The technique of using advanced tools to spread more ubiquitous types of malware is a trend we have been observing lately.”

The campaign targets only the organization around the globe and not the individuals; it delivers cryptocurrency miner into the vulnerable machines. The campaign has two unique features

  • No individual users being targeted.
  • All of the compromised machines were running outdated Windows OS.

With this campaign, threat actors use EternalBlue-based backdoor to delivery cryptocurrency miners and other malware into the system. Researchers also spotted a number of tools in the infected system that includes password dumping tool Mimikatz and Equation group tools.

All the infected machines contain a file Diagnostics[.]txt, but that us a ZIP archive and the TXT extension used to avoid detection. The tools used in the campaign are open to the Internet and accessible to everyone, and the vulnerabilities exploited are already patched one.

“Since we began tracking it in March 2019, we found more than 80 different files in the wild that are involved in the campaign based on their hashes. All these files are variants of the open-source XMRig (Monero) miner, which is used at scale by numerous cybercriminals worldwide,” reads Trend Micro report.

The campaign targets all the regions, highly targeted countries are China and India. It targets across a wide range of business industries that include education, communication and media, banking, manufacturing, and technology.

Around 83% of the affected computers were running Windows Server 2003 SP2, followed by Windows 7 Ultimate Professional SP1 and Windows XP Professional.

Indicators of Compromise (IoCs)
Network IOC

sminiast[.]com:443
tenchier[.]com:443
boreye[.]com:80
boreye[.]com:53
pilutce[.]com:443

Coin miner sample hashes
SHA256 Detection


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