Hackers Target Defense Contractors’ Employees By Posing as Recruiters

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The United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published a new report warning companies about a new in-the-wild malware that North Korean hackers are reportedly using to spy on key employees at government contracting companies.

Dubbed ‘BLINDINGCAN,’ the advanced remote access trojan acts as a backdoor when installed on compromised computers.

According to the FBI and CISA, North Korean state-sponsored hackers Lazarus Group, also known as Hidden Cobra, are spreading BLINDINGCAN to “gather intelligence surrounding key military and energy technologies.”

To achieve this, attackers first identify high-value targets, perform extensive research on their social and professional networks, and then pose as recruiters to send malicious documents loaded with the malware, masquerading as job advertisements and offerings.

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However, such employment scams and social engineering strategies are not new and were recently spotted being used in another similar cyber espionage campaign by North Korean hackers against Israel’s defense sector.

“They built fake profiles on Linkedin, a social network that is used primarily for job searches in the high-tech sector,” the Israel…

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