January 26, 2021
Threat Report Portugal: Q3 2020 …………………………Security Affairs


Risk Report Portugal Q3 2020: Information associated to Phishing and malware assaults based mostly on the Portuguese Abuse Open Feed 0xSI_f33d.

The Portuguese Abuse Open Feed 0xSI_f33d is an open sharing database with the power to gather indicators from a number of sources, developed and maintained by Segurança-Informática. This feed relies on automated searches and likewise has a powerful contribution from the group. This makes it a dependable and reliable and repeatedly up to date supply, centered on the threats concentrating on Portuguese residents.

The Risk Report Portugal: Q3 2020 compiles knowledge collected on the malicious campaigns that occurred from July to August, Q3, of 2020. The campaigns had been labeled as both phishing or malware. As well as, the report highlights the threats, traits, and key takeaways of threats noticed and reported into 0xSI_f33d. This report gives intelligence and indicators of compromise (IOCs) that organizations can use to struggle present assaults, anticipating rising threats, and handle safety consciousness in a greater manner.

The outcomes depicted in Determine 1 present that phishing campaigns (72,8%) had been extra prevalent than malware (27,2%) throughout Q3 2020. You will need to make a reference to the values of Q2, malware maintains the expansion development, with a rise of ~10% on this trimester.

Threat Report Portugal: Q3 2020 …………………………Security Affairs

Observing the threats by class from Jan – August, it’s doable to confirm that there was an rising variety of phishing campaigns throughout March, April, and Jun,  and it is a robust indicator associated to the COVID-19 pandemic scenario.

From Determine 2, January offered a complete of 15 phishing campaigns, 29 in February and 46 throughout March. 196 campaigns had been registered throughout April, 262 in April, and 204 in June. In Q3, July with 81, August 209, and September with a complete of 137 had been the incidents noticed throughout these months. It’s essential to observe this development indicator to foretell the development for the subsequent months, the place in all probability campaigns associated to the Christmas time ought to emerge within the wild.

Then again, Might, June, and August had been the months the place malware was spotlighted, with the botnet Mirai, Emotet, and the notorious Lampion Trojan in place. This piece of malware was recognized on the finish of December 2019 utilizing template emails from the Portuguese Authorities Finance & Tax and Energias de Portugal (EDP) with the aim of gathering banking particulars from sufferer’s gadgets. Additionally, different trojan bankers have been noticed throughout Q3, together with TroyStealer and Grandoreiro expanded now to Portugal. A brand new piece of malware was additionally tracked and analyzed throughout Q3 – trojan URSA/mispadu. The emergent URSA trojan is impacting many international locations utilizing a classy loader and avoiding antivirus detection.

General, the URSA trojan malware was one of many prevalent threats affecting Portuguese residents throughout Q3 2020. Different trojan bankers variants and households affecting customers from totally different banks in Portugal had been additionally noticed. These sorts of malwares come from Brazil and the assaults are disseminated by way of phishing campaigns. Criminals are additionally utilizing smishing to enlarge the scope and to influence a big group of victims.

Threat Report Portugal: Q3 2020 …………………………Security Affairs

In a analysis performed by Segurança-Informática, the place the entire phishing chain associated to MBWAY was described, it’s doable to validate that criminals are utilizing a recent method in an effort to obfuscate the messages to evade its detection. Intimately, the utilization of the Net Open Font Format permits deobfuscate the font type on-the-fly and the unique textual content by no means exists on the landing-page. One other recurrent marketing campaign that impersonates the NOVO BANCO was noticed in-the-wild many occasions throughout these months and it was additionally analyzed and printed throughout Q3 on Segurança Informática.

As talked about, additionally a brand new trojan banker referred to as URSA have made the headlines throughout Q3. Particulars about this latest menace could be accessed right here.

Relating to the affected sectors (Determine 5), Banking was probably the most affected with each phishing and malware campaigns hitting Portuguese residents throughout Q3 2020. Subsequent, was Retail and Financing, as probably the most sectors affected on this season.

Threat Report Portugal: Q3 2020 …………………………Security Affairs

Risk campaigns throughout This autumn shall be printed every day into 0xSI_f33d, in addition to further incidents and investigations which are being documented and printed on Segurança-Informatica.

The infographic containing the report could be downloaded from right here in printable format: PDF or PNG.

Threat Report Portugal: Q3 2020 …………………………Security Affairs

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Concerning the writer Pedro Tavares

Pedro Tavares is an expert within the discipline of data safety, working as an Moral Hacker, Malware Analyst, Cybersecurity Analyst and likewise a Safety Evangelist. He’s additionally a founding member at CSIRT.UBI and Editor-in-Chief of the safety pc weblog seguranca-informatica.pt.

Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Risk Report Portugal)



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