Security Experts:

Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

SecurityWeekSecurityWeek

Cybercrime

New Botnet Discovered Targeting Georgia Nationals

Researchers at ESET have discovered a botnet dubbed “Georbot”, a new botnet that targets victims living in the Eurasian state of Georgia. The information stealing Trojan is unusual to a degree, researchers said, given some of its functions and location of its command and control (C&C) server.

Researchers at ESET have discovered a botnet dubbed “Georbot”, a new botnet that targets victims living in the Eurasian state of Georgia. The information stealing Trojan is unusual to a degree, researchers said, given some of its functions and location of its command and control (C&C) server.

After some digging, ESET researchers were able to access the C&C used by the bot, and discovered some interesting features. The Trojan will look for and copy documents and certificates, as well as create audio and video recordings. Moreover, it can browse the local network connection in order to discover more information. The data that is harvested is sent to the C&C for later collection.

“One unusual aspect is that it will also look for “Remote Desktop Configuration Files” that enables the people receiving these files to connect to the remote machines without using any exploit. That approach will even bypass the need for RDP exploits such as the one that was revealed last week (MS12-20),” ESET’s Righard Zwienenberg wrote.

The Trojan attempts to hide from AV detection, and it has a backup plan in case the main C&C is offline – it connects to an alternate C&C hosted on a Georgian government domain.

“This does not automatically mean that the Georgian government is involved. Quite often people are not aware their systems are compromised. It should be also noted that the Data Exchange Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and its national CERT were fully aware of the situation…,” Zwienenberg added. A report on the botnet is available online.

Written By

Click to comment

Expert Insights

Related Content

Cybercrime

Zendesk is informing customers about a data breach that started with an SMS phishing campaign targeting the company’s employees.

Cybercrime

The release of OpenAI’s ChatGPT in late 2022 has demonstrated the potential of AI for both good and bad.

Cybercrime

A new study by McAfee and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) named a staggering figure as the true annual cost of...

Malware & Threats

Microsoft plans to improve the protection of Office users by blocking XLL add-ins from the internet.

Cybercrime

The FBI dismantled the network of the prolific Hive ransomware gang and seized infrastructure in Los Angeles that was used for the operation.

Cybercrime

Video games developer Riot Games says source code was stolen from its development environment in a ransomware attack

Cybercrime

Artificial intelligence is competing in another endeavor once limited to humans — creating propaganda and disinformation.

Cybercrime

CISA, NSA, and MS-ISAC issued an alert on the malicious use of RMM software to steal money from bank accounts.