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Global Phishing Campaign Targets Energy Sector and its Suppliers
Our research team has found a sophisticated campaign, active for at least one year, targeting large international companies in the energy, oil & gas, and electronics industries. The attack also targets oil & gas suppliers, possibly indicating that this is only the first stage in a wider campaign. In the event of a successful breach, the attacker could use the compromised email account of the receipt to send spear phishing emails to companies that work with the supplier. Thus using the established reputation of the supplier to go after more targeted entities.
The attackers use typo-squatted and spoofed emails to launch the attack. The campaign spreads via phishing emails tailored to employees at each company being targeted. The contents and sender of the emails are made to look like they are being sent from another company in the relevant industry offering a business partnership or opportunity. Each email has an attachment, usually an IMG, ISO or CAB file. These file formats are commonly used by attackers to evade detection from email-based Antivirus scanners. Once the victim opens the attachment and clicks on one of the contained files an information stealer is executed.
Below we describe the attack vector, the attackers’ motives and tactics used in this campaign, and how you can protect your systems from this attack.
- The campaign uses spoofed or typosquatted emails to make them look like part of a normal business-to-business (B2B) correspondence.
- The attached file is primarily an IMG, ISO or CAB file containing information stealer malware.
- The dropped malware is generally able to steal private information, log keyboard strokes and steal browsing data.
About the Author:I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com