Fox-IT debunks report on ByLock app that landed 75,000 people in jail in Turkey

The Turkish government has been actively pursuing the prosecution of the participants of the Gülen movement in what it calls “the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization/Parallel State Structure (FETÖ/PDY)”. To this end, the Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (Millî İstihbarat Teşkilatı or MİT in Turkish) has investigated the relation of a publicly available smart phone messaging application called … Continue reading Fox-IT debunks report on ByLock app that landed 75,000 people in jail in Turkey

FAQ on the WanaCry ransomware outbreak

Last updated: May 16th 2017 A ransomware variant known as WanaCry/WanaCrypt0r has spread on a massive scale around the world since the 12th of May 2017. For more information about the context with regards to this WanaCry variant, see also our earlier blog. The section below outlines the frequently asked questions and corresponding answers. Q: … Continue reading FAQ on the WanaCry ransomware outbreak

Massive outbreak of ransomware variant infects large amounts of computers around the world

Today, May 12th 2017, a ransomware variant known as WanaCry is being spread on a massive scale around the world. Once a computer is infected it will attempt to infect other machines on the same network using a recently patched vulnerability in the Windows SMB protocol. Update: We have published an FAQ to answer additional … Continue reading Massive outbreak of ransomware variant infects large amounts of computers around the world

Snake: Coming soon in Mac OS X flavour

Summary Snake, also known as Turla, Uroburos and Agent.BTZ, is a relatively complex malware framework used for targeted attacks1. Over the past year Fox-IT has been involved in multiple incident response cases where the Snake framework was used to steal sensitive information. Targets include government institutions, military and large corporates. Researchers who have previously analyzed … Continue reading Snake: Coming soon in Mac OS X flavour

A Mole exposing itself to sunlight

With the daily growth of the different kinds of ransomware and distribution techniques, Fox-IT's Security Operations Center was investigating a new ransomware called Mole. This ransomware is currently being spread by a social engineering exploit kit to trick the user in downloading a malicious executable. The ransomware author of Mole made a small mistake, which … Continue reading A Mole exposing itself to sunlight