Threat Thursday: February

This Threat Thursday delves into windows endpoint cyber hygiene, the worm-like malware Raspberry Robin & the cybercriminal group Scattered Spider.

New Threat Releases

Windows Endpoint Hygiene

0wehAs we dive into the realm of cyber hygiene for Windows endpoints, we will explore 15 essential STIG CAT I checks designed to fortify the security posture of your endpoints, ranging from validating antivirus configurations to ensuring robust authentication levels for Windows Remote Management. This release has been given to all SCYTHE customers so check it out in the knowledge base and see where your endpoint hygiene stacks up.

Empower IOC Releases

This month we wanted to highlight two of the four IOC sets we have created for Empower subscribers pertaining to the malware variant Raspberry Robin and the cybercriminal group Scattered spider. Both Raspberry Robin and Scattered Spider have been gaining traction recently with an uptick of compromises attributed to them. 

Raspberry Robin

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Raspberry Robin continues to serve as a significant attack vector and has more recently been identified as a precursor to Ransomware Campaigns. Raspberry Robin, discovered in 2021 by Red Canary, is a worm-like malware that often utilizes external drives, such as USB, as its initial vector.  Raspberry Robin has since evolved to a widely distributed malicious downloader, and is often seen as a precursor to ransomware attacks!  Once plugged in, the malware executes commands to download and install a malicious DLL via Windows Installer, using various evasion techniques to escalate privileges and bypass User Access Control. This DLL facilitates a range of malicious activities including C2 communication, process creation for possible persistence, and downloading additional payloads. 

Scattered Spider

Scattered Spider is a cybercriminal Group, also known as UNC3944, Storm-0875, LUCR-3, Octo Tempest, Roasted Oktapus, and Scatter Swine. They utilize their access to victim companies, to then target the 3rd-party companies of the original victim companies. Recently, they have been observed deploying ransomware to victim networks, notably an ALPHV ransomware as recently as April 2023. Scattered Spider is rapidly gaining notoriety and emerging as Cybercriminal group that demands close attention in the cybersecurity landscape.

SCYTHE has included Scattered Spider Cybercriminal Group IOCs in the form of a threat, for use in your SCYTHE Platform, as well as Sigma rules to aid in the detection of Scattered Spider.  

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About the Author

Trey Bilbrey is a Lead Adversary Emulation Engineer at SCYTHE, specializing in Purple Team Exercises, Threat Emulation, Critical Infrastructure, and holistic cyber operations. Trey's 15 years of industry experience has allowed him to become an excellent educator, defender of networks, and a cultivator of cybersecurity professionals. Prior to joining SCYTHE, Trey held positions at notable organizations such as Hack The Box (HTB Academy content Developer), The Army Corps of Engineers (ICS/SCADA Penetration Testing), and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps ( Defensive and Offensive Cyber Operations). Current certifications include the CISSP, GICSP, GCIP, and K>FiveFour RTAC.


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