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Molerats Espionage in Middle East: KNOW Your Emerging Threats

Post by rajarshi Dec 10, 2020

KNOW, is our news aggregator and threat intel platform that collates the hottest news in cybersecurity and categorizes them accordingly. One of the most trending stories in this space happens to be about the Molerats espionage campaign in the Middle East.

Aliases: Gaza Hackers Team, Gaza Cyber gang, and Moonlight.

molerats espionage campaigns on middle east

Molerats espionage campaign details

Security researchers have identified new espionage tools developed by Molerats. The tools include two new backdoors SharpStage and DropBook, as well as the MoleNet downloader. These tools together allow the attackers to execute malicious code and steal sensitive data from the infected computers.

The tools use of The DropBook backdoor uses fake Facebook accounts or Simplenote for command and control (C2), and both SharpStage and DropBook abuse a Dropbox client to exfiltrate stolen data as well as for storing their espionage tools.

Victims are lured in via political phishing themes such as Israeli-Saudi relations, Hamas elections, and other regional political events. As you can tell, the operation has been primarily observed in the Middle East. These new backdoors have been used before in conjunction with the Spark backdoor previously attributed to Molerats.

Twitter reacts to Molerats and Middle East espionage

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Molerats references from KNOW

molerats threat intelligence references from KNOW

  • Total references: 464
  • Previous 60 days: 10
  • Last 7 days: 2

Molerats context from KNOW

molerats threat intelligence context from KNOW

  • Risk rules triggered: 6 out of 48
  • Related campaigns: SneakyPastes Campaign, Operation Parliament, and Operation DustySky.
  • Used intrusion methods: Phishing Campaign, Infection chain, Zero Day, Spear Phishing, and Social Engineering.
  • Most recent sandbox reference: Hybrid Analysis result for ‘[UTW]_Fate_Apocrypha_-_10_[h300-720p][E21730DF].mkv.exe’
  • Malware: Enigma ransomware
  • Industries: Telecommunications, Retail, and Insurance.
  • Hashes: 42

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