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New Malware Identified from Group Responsible for Cyberattack on Military

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By    |   Monday, 06 Mar 2017 03:03 PM

The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab detected new malware from a hacking group that previously targeted U.S. military personnel and members of congressional staff.

Shamoon 2.0, "also known as Disttrack,… is a highly destructive malware family that effectively wipes the victim machine," according to the report. Shamoon is responsible for a series of three attacks on the Saudi Arabian government and economic centers that took place on Nov. 17 and 29 of 2016 and Jan. 23 of 2017.

"While investigating the Shamoon 2.0 attacks, Kaspersky Lab also discovered a previously unknown wiper malware which appears to be targeting organizations in Saudi Arabia. We're calling this new wiper StoneDrill. StoneDrill has several 'style' similarities to Shamoon, with multiple interesting factors and techniques to allow for the better evasion of detection."

StoneDrill appears linked to the group NewsBeef, an Iranian-linked group also known as Charming Kitten or Newscaster, according to SecurityWeek.

NewsBeef uses social engineering to get close to "sensitive circles of trust," according to a previous Kaspersky Lab report, in the Middle East and the U.S..

"In addition to suspected Saudi targets, one victim of StoneDrill was observed on the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) in Europe. This makes us believe the threat actor behind StoneDrill is expanding its wiping operations from the Middle East to Europe," Kaspersky determined in their latest report.

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The cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab detected new malware from a hacking group that previously targeted U.S. military personnel and members of congressional staff.
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