North Korean hacker group Lazarus hits cyberspace with a new powerful malware

Our cybersecurity team found a newly evolved backdoor. The backdoor was used combined with a Remote Controller tool by Lazarus hacker group sponsored by North Korea government.
Multiple financial institutions were attacked during Lazarus hacking campaign, with a new version of RATANKBA Trojan that can distribute various payloads. During this attack our experts saw a change in their mentality because they have added new targets from the government, media and manufacturing companies to the financial institution and banks, individual users are also affected. From our expert’s analysis, we can see that the attack has been concentrated to India and its neighbors affecting systems that run non-enterprise versions of Microsoft software.

Only a small number of devices that run Microsoft Windows Enterprise were affected around 4-5%. The evolved RATANKBA Trojan is used most of the time with success on smaller poorly protected systems. After analyzing the IP addresses of the victims, it turned out that none of them were from big companies or financial institution. Most of the IPs are used by individuals that work for software companies in India and South Korea.
The hackers used various Office docs, CHM files and script downloaders for delivering the new RATANKBA malware. After this RATANKBA backdoor was installed in every compromised system along with a Remote Controller that was used to send jobs to already infected systems.

The new version of RATANKBA was made in Powershell making this version more evolved than the previous one that was built in PE form. The new version is more evasive than the previous one, many security systems failing to detect the new malware.
Recently the Lazarus group showed considerable interest in crypto coins like Bitcoin and Ant Share – NEO. They have a massive arsenal of cyber tools making them more and more dangerous to any targets in the cyber web. Because of this kind of threats any individual or company should refine their security systems.

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