North Korean Threat Actors Up Their macOS Menace Game With Mixed Malware Techniques
– North Korean threat actors behind macOS malware strains RustBucket and KANDYKORN have adopted a new technique: combining their strengths.
– According to cybersecurity firm SentinelOne, the actors have been using RustBucket droppers to deliver KANDYKORN.
Merging Malware: RustBucket and KANDYKORN
If you thought North Korean threat actors stuck to their guns (or malware, in this case), think again. In a twist more unexpected than a USB stick promising unlimited storage, SentinelOne reports that the actors behind macOS malware strains RustBucket and KANDYKORN are doing a mix-and-match, almost like a tech-based version of Chopped TV show. They’re using RustBucket droppers to deliver KANDYKORN, a kind of malware concoction we haven’t seen before. It’s like they’ve traded in their malware cookbook for a ‘choose your own adventure’ anthology!
ObjCShellz: A Third Wheel in the Cutting-Edge Malware Medley
But wait, there’s more: SentinelOne has also tied a third macOS-specific malware, ObjCShellz, to the RustBucket campaign. Think of this new element like the friend who keeps turning up uninvited to party—or in this case, wreak cyber havoc. You could say that this new game plan raises the stakes, just like when your smartphone autocorrect insists on replacing ‘raising the stakes’ with ‘raisin cakes’.
In an unexpected move, North Korean threat actors are giving fusion a new meaning, blending diverse malware strains and using them to carry out cyber-attacks. They’ve been implementing RustBucket droppers to deliver KANDYKORN and linked a third malware, ObjCShellz, to the RustBucket campaign. It’s like a cocktail of cyber threats designed to make every tech enthusiast’s firewall squirm. So folks, remember to keep your malware protection updated—it’s more important than your dad’s attempts at fixing the internet with a screwdriver.