Hackers Hit Indian Defense, Energy Sectors with Malware Posing as Air Force Invite

From thehackernews.com

Indian government entities and energy companies have been targeted by unknown threat actors with an aim to deliver a modified version of an open-source information stealer malware called HackBrowserData and exfiltrate sensitive information in some cases by using Slack as command-and-control (C2).

“The information stealer was delivered via a phishing email, masquerading as an invitation letter from the Indian Air Force,” EclecticIQ researcher Arda Büyükkaya said in a report published today.

“The attacker utilized Slack channels as exfiltration points to upload confidential internal documents, private email messages, and cached web browser data after the malware’s execution.”

The campaign, observed by the Dutch cybersecurity firm beginning March 7, 2024, has been codenamed Operation FlightNight in reference to the Slack channels operated by the adversary.

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