A unique malware targeting mass media agencies in Hong Kong hides its C&C (command and control) server inside Dropbox accounts. According to FireEye’s threat analysis, the campaign seems to be part of a Chinese state-sponsored attack, carried out by a group previously known as [email protected] Craig Young, security researcher at Tripwire have the following comments on it.
[su_note note_color=”#ffffcc” text_color=”#00000″]Craig Young, Security Researcher at Tripwire :
“This is not a threat toward Dropbox users but rather the attackers are relying on Dropbox to help stay under the radar. Many security departments would recognize command and control traffic because the communication is to unexpected places on the Internet but since Dropbox is so prevalent and communication is encrypted, it is impossible to distinguish the sessions from real Dropbox usage. The idea here is not new and in fact we have learned of various other malware campaigns leveraging cloud services including one that uses the attacker’s GMail account as a private channel for controlling infected systems.
Proper vulnerability management and endpoint security controls along with user education on phishing are the best techniques to protect against this campaign. The fact that the attackers are successfully using a vulnerability from 2012 is a testament to the fact that the victims are not using up to date software.”[/su_note][su_box title=”About Tripwire” style=”noise” box_color=”#336588″]Tripwire is a leading provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions that enable enterprises, service providers and government agencies to confidently detect, prevent and respond to cybersecurity threats. Tripwire solutions are based on high-fidelity asset visibility and deep endpoint intelligence combined with business-context and enable security automation through enterprise integration. Tripwire’s portfolio of enterprise-class security solutions includes configuration and policy management, file integrity monitoring, vulnerability management and log intelligence.[/su_box]