Proofpoint claims attack using open-source installer to target Windows | #emailsecurity | #phishing | #ransomware

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Email security firm Proofpoint claims to have identified a targeted attack that uses an open-source installer for Windows packages named Chocolatey.

The company said in a blog post issued on Monday that it had identified attacks on French entities in the construction, real estate and government sectors.

As Wikipedia puts it: “Chocolatey is a machine-level, command-line package manager and installer for Windows software.

“It uses the NuGet packaging infrastructure and Windows PowerShell to simplify the process of downloading and installing software.”

The Proofpoint post said the attackers used an email dealing with resumes masquerading as information about the GDPR.

“The attacker used steganography, including a cartoon image, to download and install the Serpent backdoor. The attacker also demonstrated a novel detection bypass technique using a Scheduled Task,” the company said.

It said it had no clue about the objective behind the attack, but despite this, claimed, “based on the tactics and targeting observed it is likely an advanced, targeted threat”.

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