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Attackers Use Microsoft Office To Push BlackEnergy Malware (csoonline.com) 51

itwbennett writes: Researchers at SentinelOne reverse engineered the latest variant of the BlackEnergy 3 rootkit (the same malware used in recent attacks against Ukraine's critical infrastructure) and found indicators that suggest it is being used by insiders and that it is the byproduct of a nation-sponsored campaign. 'BlackEnergy 3 exploits an Office 2013 vulnerability that was patched some time ago, so it only works if the target machine isn't patched or an employee (either deliberately or after being tricked into it) executes the malicious Excel document,' writes CSO's Steve Ragan.
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Attackers Use Microsoft Office To Push BlackEnergy Malware

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  • by Billly Gates ( 198444 ) on Thursday January 28, 2016 @07:53PM (#51392635) Journal

    ... Who turn off Windows update. All I can say is told you so.

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  • HELLO Ukraine, don't run your critical infrastructure on a malicious Excel document. Microsoft, the company that made typing dangerous.
  • If any nation is using an imported, outdated consumer OS for its critical infrastructure something is strange.
    Open networks that face the internet, commercial OS's and older applications should be replaced with more robust solutions.

    Re "... deployed in NATO countries, and more broadly across the European Union" Would an older vulnerability that might not exist or be updated even be of interest to an advanced nation-sponsored effort?
    The penetration products offered to nations are new, fancy and work on t
  • by Anonymous Coward

    ... I no longer feel shocked by reading "microsoft" and "malware/virus" in the same sentence. When you read some news about OS X, or some FUD about Linux, and malware there is room for some banter. But with microsoft it is kind of expected. Isn't it sad that the name of a company is that linked to malware?

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