Feeds

Latest IE flaw being actively exploited

Coordinated leet attackers smell like China's infamous APT1

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

AusCERT April's Internet Explorer flaw is being exploited, with at least two listed Australian entities targeted by a sophisticated foreign hacking outfit.

The organisations were targeted in a campaign that foisted the Internet Explorer exploits (MS14-021) at high end corporations three days after the dangerous flaws were exposed.

Security firm FireEye reported the attacks to El Reg and said the perps were part of a well-resourced and organised group in which the use of zero day exploits was delegated by what it (called a quartermaster (pdf)) to teams of various skill sets and objectives.

"This group was known to introduce zero days, and was the higher-end in top level [attack groups],"FireEye engineering manager Rich Costanzo said.

"The Australian organisations were targeted by a section of the group called 'team b'. that was less concerned with being identified by researchers and less meticulous in altering its attack techniques."

Microsoft issued an emergency unscheduled patch when the attacks were revealed earlier this month, even deciding Windows XP deserved one last patch.

Costanzo hinted the group, which may be the infamous Beijing-backed APT1 outfit revealed by FireEye subsidiary Mandiant, was state-sponsored and contained an advanced team (Team A) which regularly changed its hacking tactics and command and control servers to avoid detection.

The news came on the heels of a separate FireEye report ((PDF)) which revealed Iranian defacer outfit Ajax Security Team had upped its game to begin writing malware to target defence companies in that country and across the United States. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
SMASH the Bash bug! Apple and Red Hat scramble for patch batches
'Applying multiple security updates is extremely difficult'
Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods
Not just web servers under threat - though TENS of THOUSANDS have been hit
Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack
But unsophisticated thieves need not attempt this trick
Hackers thrash Bash Shellshock bug: World races to cover hole
Update your gear now to avoid early attacks hitting the web
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Who.is does the Harlem Shake
Blame it on LOLing XSS terroristas
Researchers tell black hats: 'YOU'RE SOOO PREDICTABLE'
Want to register that domain? We're way ahead of you.
Stunned by Shellshock Bash bug? Patch all you can – or be punished
UK data watchdog rolls up its sleeves, polishes truncheon
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
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?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.