October 11, 2018

Publicly Available Tools Being Abused

October 11, 2018

What we know so far

This collaborative report by cybersecurity authorities from five nations (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States) focuses on the use of publicly-available tools that have been used for malicious purposes in recent cyber incidents worldwide. The report highlights five specific tools: PowerShell Empire, China Chopper, JBiFrost, HUC Packet Transmitter and Mimikatz that have been utilized to compromise information across critical sectors like health, finance, government, and defense. The report emphasizes that cyber threat actors, regardless of their sophistication, rely on established tools and techniques, often gaining initial access through common security weaknesses.

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