Chips Down: Southeast Asian Gambling Sector Targeted by Bronze Starlight Cyber Attack
- An ongoing cyber attack originating from China is aiming its darts at the Southeast Asian gambling industry.
- The attackers aim to deploy Cobalt Strike beacons on the compromised systems to gain control.
- Cybersecurity firm, SentinelOne, suggests the TTPs (tactics, techniques, and procedures) hint at involvement of the aptly named threat actor, Bronze Starlight.
- Bronze Starlight, also known as Emperor Dragonfly or Storm-0401, is notorious for its use of short-lived, one might even say “mayfly”, domains.
Place Your Bets: A Sneak Peek at the Cyber Attack
You can bet that nobody saw this coming, except perhaps the house. A cyber attack campaign originating from China has been relentlessly targeting the Southeast Asian gambling sector. It’s no high roll of the dice, but rather a calculated risk to deploy Cobalt Strike beacons on compromised systems. Now that’s a bad hand if I’ve ever seen one.
Unmasking the Culprit: Bronze Starlight
But who’s dealing this rotten hand? Well, according to the cyber sleuths at SentinelOne, the way the attackers are playing the game gives out hints about the perpetrator. The TTPs point toward a threat actor tracked as Bronze Starlight. It’s not winning any popularity contests in the cyber world, but it sure does have a knack for causing trouble.
The Modus Operandi: Not Playing by the Rules
Bronze Starlight, also known as Emperor Dragonfly or Storm-0401, seems to have a liking for shorter-lived domains. It’s like a game of hide and seek, but instead of the usual neighborhood kids, replace them with dangerous cyberattack tools. Definitely not the kind of playdate we were hoping for.
In a nutshell, or should we say, in a poker chip, the Southeast Asian gambling sector has found itself in the crosshairs of an ongoing cyber attack from China. The main thrust of the attack involves deploying Cobalt Strike beacons on infiltrated systems. The tactics used suggest that this is the handiwork of Bronze Starlight, a cyberthreat actor famous for its use of short-lived domains. Clearly, this is one game where we’re all hoping the house wins.