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ICEMAN : Infecting Crystal Finance Millennium




Iceman gang member confirms that they are behind the introduction and spreading of malwares that have affected Crystal Finance Millennium, a Ukraine-based accounting software firm. Was this a political based attack? Read more to find out.

I’ve had a chance to speak to one of the gang member on XMMP and he confirmed that the Iceman group is behind this attack. They started by a simple web attack (SQLI which lead to web shell upload, no privilege escalation was needed) in order to gain access to the web servers of the company. He confirmed that the math was simple, the Ukrainian company had many clients in the financial and medical sector which facilitated the propagation of their malware. From the archived web page, it becomes apparent they provide accounting software, personalization of medical records, blood service and "full automation of the doctor's office" - contrary to what their company name suggests, it appears they are (mostly) focused on medical software.

The group sent phishing emails to various targets based in Ukraine and former soviet countries. The emails contained a ZIP file that, in turn, contained a JavaScript file. When users unzipped the archive and ran the JS file, the script would download a file named load.exe from the CFM's web server.

The loader (load.exe file) will later on download a Purge ransomware that was modified for that operation by the Iceman group. According to the gang, each target was treated individually to maximize profit. Sometimes they would run a ransomware program and sometimes they would run a banking Trojan. “When you sophisticate your attack, you can drain the sharks” - he said.

An inclusive interview is in the making to unveil the course of this attack. It will be released in the upcoming weeks.



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