N. Korean Hackers ‘Mixing’ macOS Malware Tactics to Evade Detection

N. Korean Hackers ‘Mixing’ macOS Malware Tactics to Evade Detection

The North Korean threat actors behind macOS malware strains such as RustBucket and KANDYKORN have been observed “mixing and matching” different elements of the two disparate attack chains, leveraging RustBucket droppers to deliver KANDYKORN.

The findings come from cybersecurity firm SentinelOne, which also tied a third macOS-specific malware called ObjCShellz to the RustBucket campaign.

RustBucket refers to an activity cluster linked to the Lazarus Group in which a backdoored version of a PDF reader app, dubbed SwiftLoader, is used as a conduit to load a next-stage malware written in Rust upon viewing a specially crafted lure document.

The third piece of the attack puzzle is ObjCShellz, which Jamf Threat Labs revealed earlier this month as a later-stage payload that acts as a remote shell that executes shell commands sent from the attacker server.

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This includes the use of new variants of the SwiftLoader stager that purports to be an executable named EdoneViewer but, in reality, contacts an actor-controlled domain to likely retrieve the KANDYKORN RAT based on overlaps in infrastructure and the tactics employed.

The disclosure comes as the AhnLab Security Emergency Response Center (ASEC) implicated Andariel – a subgroup within Lazarus – to cyber attacks exploiting a security flaw in Apache ActiveMQ (CVE-2023-46604, CVSS score: 10.0) to install NukeSped and TigerRAT backdoors.

Source: https://thehackernews.com/