Pakistan malware mutates into more nefarious variant


Like how the 2019 developed Corona Virus threat mutated into the latest Delta variant, a malware that was developed by hackers from Pakistan has reportedly mutated into a new nefarious variant, say experts.

Security researchers from Black Lotus Labs, a business unit of US Telecom firm Lumen Technologies has discovered that a malware that was developed to target the power sectors of Afghanistan has now mutated into a more dangerous variant that could paralyze the critical infrastructure of India, Iran and Jordan.

Black Lotus Labs states that in June 2021, a malware was developed by Taliban’s extremist group to target Afghanistan’s government infrastructure.

Later, the same malevolent software was used by a state funded hackers group of Pakistan to target India’s banking institutions and power utilities.

Now, news is out that the same malware is being developed and spread through email phishing attacks.

Evidence released by Black Lotus shows that the cyber crooks used the United Nations Meeting Platform to trap innocent victims from government organizations, who could then act as a medium to spread the Remote Access Trojan that has the potential to control webcams on compromised computing devices.

Data stealing, spying/espionage, and remote shutdown of an infected machine are said to be some of the discovered traits of “ReverseRat 2.0”.

What’s concerning about this new malware Trojan is the fact that it remains undetected on systems that have anti-malware solutions such as Kaspersky, Norton, and Quick Heal installed on them.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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