China is to blame for Norway’s Visma cloud software provider hack

Another day another APT10 hacker group incident! Today is about Visma cloud provider that has been breached.

For those who don’t know APT10 is a Chinese nation-state hacking group and Visma is one of Europe’s largest cloud-based managed service providers (MSP), with over 850,000 customers and net revenue of over $1 billion (2017).

The Visma’s network hack happened on August 17, 2018
After investigating the incident cybersecurity experts found that the infamous hacker group has stolen data from Visma, a Norwegian company that provides cloud-based business software solutions for European companies.

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According to the investigation report, Chinese government sponsored the hackers to breach the company’s internal network by using stolen valid user credentials for a Citrix remote-access software client that Visma employees were using to access the company’s internal network.
With this report also came a formal statement from the Norwegian company that admitted the hack in a statement published on its website and also said that hackers only stole internal Visma data, and that “none of their clients’ systems were affected.”

Soon after the intrusion, two malware have been deployed –the Trochilus remote access trojan and the Uppercut (Anel) backdoor. Researchers say that both combined were used to search, gather, and exfiltrate Visma’s data.

The conclusion is that there was no big impact on the company, its clients, image or money because the intrusion was detected in its early stages before APT10 hackers could abuse the stolen data to escalate infections to Visma customers by backdooring or abusing Visma’s cloud software to get a foothold on customers’ internal networks.

We would continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.

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