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WOBURN, MA – May 28, 2015 — /BackupReview.info/ – Kaspersky Lab has recently discovered a new business-oriented cyber-spying campaign called Grabit that was able to steal about 10,000 files from small/medium-sized organizations based mostly in Thailand, India and the US. The targeted sectors include chemicals, nanotechnology, education, agriculture, media, construction and more.
“We see a lot of spying campaigns focused on enterprises, government organizations and other high-profile entities, with small and medium-sized businesses rarely seen in the lists of targets. But Grabit shows that it’s not just a “big fish” game – in the cyber world every single organization, whether it possesses money, information or political influence, could be of potential interest to one or other malicious actor. Grabit is still active, and it’s critically important to check your network to ensure you’re safe. On May 15th a simple Grabit keylogger was found to be maintaining thousands of victim account credentials from hundreds of infected systems. This threat shouldn’t be underestimated,” – says Ido Noar, senior security researcher, Global Research & Analysis Team, Kaspersky Lab.
The infection starts with an employee in a business organization receiving an email with an attachment that appears to be a Microsoft Office Word (.doc) file. The user clicks to download it and the spying program is delivered to the machine from a remote server that has been hacked by the group to serve as a malware hub. The attackers control their victims using HawkEye keylogger, a commercial spying tool from HawkEyeProducts, and a configuration module containing a number of Remote Administration Tools (RATs).
To illustrate the scale of operation, Kaspersky Lab can reveal the impact of a keylogger in just one of the command-and-control servers. The keylogger was able to steal 2,887 passwords, 1,053 emails and 3,023 usernames from 4,928 different hosts, internally and externally, including Outlook, Facebook, Skype, Google mail, Pinterest, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Twitter, as well as bank accounts and others.
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To protect against Grabit, Kaspersky Lab recommends the following:
Kaspersky Lab products detect all known Grabit samples and protect its users against the threat.
To learn more about the “Grabit” operation, please read the blog post available at Securelist.com.
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