Dark Caracal Lebanese hacker group hits 20 countries around the world

Dark Caracal Lebanese hacker group hits 20 countries around the world

Today our cybersecurity team will introduce to you a new member of the cybercrime world. Its name is Dark Caracal; Dark Caracal is a state-sponsored Lebanese hacking group that has attacked thousands of users from 20 countries.
Dark Caracal is responsible for the stole of hundreds of gigabytes of data. Data that consist of enterprise intellectual property, personally identifiable information from governments, military targets, utilities, financial institutions, manufacturing companies and various defense contractors.

Dark Caracal has multiple operations running inside cyberspace and some of them are active since 2012. One of the most prolific campaigns is named Operation Manul, and its purpose is to hit various journalists, lawyers, and dissidents critical to the Kazakhstan government. The infamous group is getting its tools form the Dark Web Markets, and their arsenal includes many malicious apps and malware like FinFisher, Bandook RAT or custom made Pallas that is used for the mobile spy.

The group hacked various individuals from countries like the United States, China, France, India, South Korea and several Middle Eastern nations.
The vector of approach begins on various groups around Facebook or WhatsApp, depending on the victim’s interests. On that specific groups, our experts explain, multiple malicious links are used to deliver their malicious apps that steal and uploads everything to their C&C server: adobeair.net
During an investigation regarding this infamous group, our cybersecurity team found that inside adobeair.net are stored 51GB of stoled, sensitive and private, Android data and also another 35GB of private data gathered from previous Windows campaigns. The investigation also concluded that the group is using an email address named: [email protected] was accessed by this three individuals Nancy Razzouk, Hadi Mazeh and Rami Jabbour from a Wi-Fi that has the SSID: Bld3F6 which is located near the General Security building in Beirut.

The huge data leaks found by our experts contains various screenshots, corporate and legal documentation and even iPhone back up logs, SMS text messages, two-factor authentication and one-time password pins, receipts and airline reservations, company communications, call logs, Wi-Fi network details, mobile contact lists and audio recordings were snatched from victims devices.
Our cybersecurity team presents this report because it wants to show how quickly cybercriminals can gather a vast array of sensitive data most of the time because of the user’s bad security habits and lack of strong cybersecurity solutions.

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