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 performs surveillance and data theft on infected systems and according to Evidencehas been doing this since October 2022.
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However, this malware is especially unique in that it first performs in-depth evaluations of your value before further penetrating a target to see if there is enough value.
How do these hackers monitor victims?
Once the URL link is clicked, a multi-step attack chain begins that results in the download of “Screenshotter”, one of TA886’s main tools.
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The Screenshotter tool takes JPG snapshots of the victim’s device and sends those screenshots back to the TA886 server. Those screenshots are then manually searched to see how much value the victim has, and if they are deemed valuable, the malware will continue its invasion, stealing everything from financial credentials to personal information.
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