Feeds

NYT crackers get busy again, claims vendor

'APT 12' back in action

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Security vendor FireEye believes it's spotted signs that the attackers who breached the New York Times' network last year are busy again – and that they've improved the malware they're using.

The vendor says the group, dubbed APT 12, has revised the Aumlib and "lxeshe" malware in the time between January and now. January was when the NYT first went public about the attacks. FireEye says its researchers found the new versions while analysing a client attack.

“The previous versions of Aumlib had not changed since at least May 2011, and Ixeshe had not evolved since at least December 2011,” FireEye claims.

Aumlib, the post says, has had its attack – a POST command – altered to change the URI and to encode the POST body, in an attempt to evade signature-based IDS.

The Backdoor.APT.Ixeshe, used in attacks since 2009, has also been altered to try and change its signature. But it's gained another characteristic in line with the increasing sophistication of attacks: a “campaign” marker so the “threat actors”* can keep track of the success and failure of different attacks. ®

Bootnote: *"Threat actor": the kind of language that's invading IT security discussions, now that military intelligence is trying to claim it security as its own. And we all know how well that's working out. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)
So nasty no one's even whispering until patch is out
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail
15 months home detention leaves egg on feds' faces as they grab for more power
Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar
Michael Daniel wants to kill passwords dead
FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones
Claims it's what the Founding Fathers would have wanted – catching killers and pedos
Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE
Pull it out ASAP, it is SWISS CHEESE
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.