Aerospace and military companies in the crosshairs of cyberspies

ESET researchers uncover targeted attacks against high-profile aerospace and military companies. At the end of last year, we discovered targeted attacks against aerospace and military companies in Europe and the Middle East, active from September to December 2019. A collaborative investigation with two of the affected European companies allowed us to gain insight into the … More Aerospace and military companies in the crosshairs of cyberspies

Winnti Group’s skip‑2.0: A Microsoft SQL Server backdoor

Notorious cyberespionage group debases MSSQL. For a while, ESET researchers have been tracking the activities of the Winnti Group, active since at least 2012 and responsible for high-profile supply-chain attacks against the video game and software industry. Recently, we discovered a previously undocumented backdoor targeting Microsoft SQL (MSSQL) that allows attackers to maintain a very discreet … More Winnti Group’s skip‑2.0: A Microsoft SQL Server backdoor

ESET discovers Attor, a spy platform with curious GSM fingerprinting

ESET researchers discover a previously unreported cyberespionage platform used in targeted attacks against diplomatic missions and governmental institutions, and privacy-concerned users. ESET researchers have discovered a new espionage platform with a complex architecture, a host of measures to make detection and analysis more difficult and two notable features. First, its GSM plugin uses the AT … More ESET discovers Attor, a spy platform with curious GSM fingerprinting

‘Machete’ cyberattack strikes Venezuela

ESET research uncovers a cyberespionage operation targeting Venezuelan government institutions. Latin America is often overlooked when it comes to persistent threats and groups with politically motivated targets. There is, however, an ongoing case of cyberespionage against high-profile organizations that has managed to stay under the radar. The group behind these attacks has stolen gigabytes of … More ‘Machete’ cyberattack strikes Venezuela