Log4Shell Activity: Non-State Actors (Global)
[For coverage of the press conference by CISA Director Jen Easterly last week and a general summary of U.S.-based Apache Log4j alerts and mitigation efforts, see our previous post: Log4Shell Update from CISA Director Easterly and DHS CISA JCDC Company Updates. For the most recent incidents and mitigation activities of government agencies worldwide, see our post from last week: Log4Shell Incidents and Mitigation Activities To-date: Governmental Agencies (Global).]
It was announced that CISA has identified threat actors using” the [Log4Shell] vulnerability to install and sell crypto mining software on victims’ computers and to potentially launch future botnet attacks, Easterly said during the presser last Monday.
“Exploitation attempts and testing have remained high during the last weeks of December. We have observed many existing attackers adding exploits of these vulnerabilities in their existing malware kits and tactics, from coin miners to hands-on-keyboard attacks. This activity ranges from experimentation during development, integration of the vulnerability to in-the-wild payload deployment, and exploitation against targets to achieve the actor’s objectives,” the Microsoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence Team and the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) reported in a January 3 update.
Following is an update of Log4Shell activities organized by nation-states – with non-state actors and cybercriminal organizations which are suspected to be state-affiliated or located in the country.
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