Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Advanced Mobile Malware Attack Against iPhones in India using MDM System Control

Advanced mobile malware campaign targeted against 13 iPhone users in India and the attacker using an open-source mobile device management (MDM) system to control the compromised devices.

It was unclear about the enrollment of this attack to manage the targeted device by attackers and the researchers believe that it could be performed via physical access or social engineering techniques.

An open-source mobile device management (MDM) system usually deploy to control the mobile devices.

Attackers deploying five applications into targeted 13 devices in India to steal the sensitive data.

  • 2 -Test the functionality of the device
  • 1 -Steals SMS message contents
  • 3- Report the location of the device and can exfiltrate various data

Mobile Malware Data Stealing Process

A method called BOptions sideloading technique used by an attacker to add some extra future to legitimate apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram.

A malicious code inserted into these apps is capable of collecting and exfiltrating information from the device.

Attackers can obtain the information such as phone number, serial number, location, contacts, user’s photos, SMS and Telegram and WhatsApp chat messages which could lead to manipulate a victim or even use it for blackmail or bribery.

Overall workflow of the deployment method and capabilities

Researchers discovered a log that contains MDM servers and the malware’s command and control (C2) server,  and the malware being used since  August 2015.

At this moment this malware only targeting very selective peoples in India also attacker left essential data on the servers, such as emails and username.

Based on the compromised device analysis report, a device named “test” or “mdmdev and the log files contains the phone number of the device which belongs to Vodafone ISP.

According to Cisco, MDM is becoming more popular throughout large enterprises, and users should be aware that installing additional certificates on their device to allow remote management can result in potential malicious activity.

Also, Cisco identified 2 different MDM servers which are based on the open-source project MDM-server.

MDM allows for operating system-level control of multiple devices from a centralized location. A remote administrator can install or remove apps, install or revoke certificates, lock the device, or change password requirements, among other things. Cisco said.

You can also read the complete enrolling step of the device and MDM technical information Here.

Also Read

Hackers Delivering Emotet Malware Via Microsoft Office Documents

Sophisticated Spyware Attack on Military Mobile Devices to Record Phone Calls & Take a Picture

Hackers Signed Malware With Stolen Code Signing Certificate From Tech- Companies


Latest articles

Beware Of Dating Apps Exposing Your Personal And Location Details To Cyber Criminals

Threat actors often attack dating apps to steal personal data, including sensitive data and...

Hackers Abusing Google Cloud For Phishing

Threat actors often attack cloud services for several illicit purposes. Google Cloud is targeted...

Two Russian Nationals Charged for Cyber Attacks against U.S. Critical Infrastructure

The United States has designated Yuliya Vladimirovna Pankratova and Denis Olegovich Degtyarenko, two members...

Threat Actors Taking Advantage of CrowdStrike BSOD Bug to Deliver Malware

Threat actors have been found exploiting a recently discovered bug in CrowdStrike's software that...

NCA Shut’s Down the Most Popular “digitalstress” DDoS-for-hire Service

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has successfully infiltrated and dismantled one of the most...

Play Ransomware’s Linux Variant Attacking VMware ESXi Servers

A new Linux variant of Play ransomware targets VMware ESXi environments, which encrypts virtual...

SonicOS IPSec VPN Vulnerability Let Attackers Cause Dos Condition

SonicWall has disclosed a critical heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability in its SonicOS IPSec VPN....
BALAJI is an Ex-Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Cybersecurity. Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.

Free Webinar

Low Rate DDoS Attack

9 of 10 sites on the AppTrana network have faced a DDoS attack in the last 30 days.
Some DDoS attacks could readily be blocked by rate-limiting, IP reputation checks and other basic mitigation methods.
More than 50% of the DDoS attacks are employing botnets to send slow DDoS attacks where millions of IPs are being employed to send one or two requests per minute..
Key takeaways include:

  • The mechanics of a low-DDoS attack
  • Fundamentals of behavioural AI and rate-limiting
  • Surgical mitigation actions to minimize false positives
  • Role of managed services in DDoS monitoring

Related Articles