Hackers have been targeting online gaming and gambling companies with what appears to be a previously unseen backdoor that researchers have named IceBreaker.
Researchers at incident response firm Security Joes believe that the IceBreaker backdoor is the work of a new advanced threat actor that uses “a very specific social engineering technique,” which could lead to a clearer picture of who they are.
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The hackers convince the support agent to download an image that describes the problem better than they can explain.
The researchers say that the image is typically hosted on a fake website that impersonates a legitimate service, although they also saw it delivered from a Dropbox storage.
Security Joes says the dialogs it examined between the threat actor and the support agents indicate that IceBreaker isn’t a native English speaker and purposefully asks to speak with Spanish-speaking agents. However, they were seen speaking other languages too.
The only public evidence of the IceBreaker threat actor the researchers could find was a tweet from MalwareHunterTeam in October.
In order to deliver the backdoor, the threat actor contacts the customer support of the target company pretending to be a user having problems logging in or registering for the online service.
The malicious LNK is the main first-stage payload delivering the IceBreaker malware, while the VBS file is used as a backup, in case the customer support operator is unable to run the shortcut.They recommend companies suspecting a breach with IceBreaker to look for shortcut files created in the startup folder and check for unauthorized execution of the open-source tool tsocks.exe.
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