How hackers find out if you’re a high-value target before stealing
Organizations in the United States and Germany are now being targeted by a new hacker known as TA886. The custom malware is performing surveillance and data theft on infected systems and according to Proofpoint, has been doing so since October 2022.
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However, this malware is especially unique because it will first perform in-depth evaluations of your worth before further invading a target to see if there is enough value.
How do these hackers surveil victims?
Once the URL link is clicked, a multistep attack chain begins and results in the downloading of “Screenshotter,” which is one of the main tools of TA886.
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The Screenshotter tool will take JPG snapshots of the victim’s device and send those screenshots back to the TA886 server. Those screenshots are then searched through manually to see how much value the victim has, and if they are considered high-value, the malware will continue its invasion and steal everything from financial credentials to personal information.
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