WIRTE Hacker Group Targets Government, Law, Financial Entities in Middle East

From thehackernews.com

WIRTE Hacker Group

Government, diplomatic entities, military organizations, law firms, and financial institutions primarily located in the Middle East have been targeted as part of a stealthy malware campaign as early as 2019 by making use of malicious Microsoft Excel and Word documents.

Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky attributed the attacks with high confidence to a threat actor named WIRTE, adding the intrusions involved “MS Excel droppers that use hidden spreadsheets and VBA macros to drop their first stage implant,” which is a Visual Basic Script (VBS) with functionality to amass system information and execute arbitrary code sent by the attackers on the infected machine.

An analysis of the campaign as well as the toolset and methods employed by the adversary has also led the researchers to conclude with low confidence that the WIRTE group has connections to another politically motivated collective called the Gaza Cybergang. The affected entities are spread across Armenia, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey.

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