Turla APT, also known as, Waterbug, Venomous Bear and by many other names, was found using a new dropper in a recent campaign this year. The discovery was made by security researchers from Kaspersky.
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Odd strings and KopiLuwak usage
Kaspersky researchers indicate that the new malware contained some references in Topinambour .NET modules. “It’s a bit surprising, amusing and not entirely clear why the developers have used some seemingly US-related strings such as “RocketMan!”, “TrumpTower” or “make_some_noise”. They are hardly likely to serve as false flags,” the researchers said.
“The usage of KopiLuwak, a well-known and exclusive artefact previously used by the Turla group, makes us attribute this campaign to this actor with high confidence,” the researchers concluded.