NEWS FROM THE LAB - Monday, July 18, 2011

Military Targets Posted by Mikko @ 12:08 GMT

There's a lot of talk about targeted attacks against defense contractors.

military targets

These attacks are still continuing.

We found this sample last week (md5: f393f34f268ddff34521d136e5555752).

It's a PDF file, apparently sent to an employee of a targeted company as an email attachment.

When opened in Adobe Reader, it exploits a known Javascript vulnerability and drops a file called lsmm.exe. This is a backdoor that connects back to the attacker, who is waiting at IP addresses and

After this, a decoy PDF file is shown to the end user. The decoy is a call for papers for 2012 AIAA Strategic and Tactical Missile Systems Conference, which is a US conference classified as SECRET:

AIAA Strategic and Tactical Missile Systems Conference (SECRET/U.S. ONLY)

The target of this attack is not known to us.