Cybercriminals hijacked a government server to send sophisticated malware to U.S. companies

Chris Bing reports:

A Eastern European hacking group hijacked U.S. state government servers to dispense malware through phishing emails that were designed to appear like they had come from the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to research by Cisco’s Talos team and an analysis by other cybersecurity experts familiar with the activity.

The technical findings connect a known advanced persistent threat (APT) group, codenamed FIN7 by U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye, to a sophisticated intrusion technique that was detected in a recent wave of spoofed emails that mimicked the SEC’s domain. The messages carried malware-laden Microsoft Word documents mentioning financial disclosure information from the EDGAR system.

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