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RomCom backdoor

Updated on 2022-11-04

BlackBerry’s security team has a technical report on a suspected nation-state operation that appears to be using a backdoor typically employed by the cybercrime ecosystem to go after targets in Ukraine and the United Kingdom. This campaign, first spotted by CERT-Ukraine, is using cloned websites for popular enterprise software tools like SolarWinds Network Performance Monitor, KeePass Open-Source Password Manager, and PDF Reader Pro, to host boobytrapped versions of the respective tools, backdoored with a version of the RomCom RAT. Read more:

“Given the geography of the targets and the current geopolitical situation, it’s unlikely that the RomCom RAT threat actor is cybercrime-motivated.”

Overview: RomCom backdoor

CERT-UA says they saw a spear-phishing campaign targeting Ukrainian organizations last week, distributing a version of the RomCom backdoor malware. Authorities said they believe a threat actor named UNC2596 (Tropical Scorpius) is behind the attacks. This is the same group believed to operate the Cuba ransomware. BlackBerry’s security team also has an in-depth look at the technical side of this campaign, although they have not linked it to Cuba ransomware operators. Read more:

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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