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Kaspersky Lab detects servers used by 'Lazarus' cybercrime group

The hacked servers are located around the world, including in the Asia Pacific region, namely in Indonesia, India, Bangladesh among others

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Kaspersky Lab. Photo: Reuters
Kaspersky Lab. Photo: Reuters

In the wake of the recent wave of rising cyber threats, uncovered a number of compromised servers being used by infamous cybercrime group-Lazarus-, part of their global command and control infrastructure.

The hacked servers are located around the world, including in the Pacific region, namely in Indonesia, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand, which could be used by to launch targeted attacks against a company or organisation.

The researchers discovered that the servers had been infected using malware called Manuscrypt, a family the threat actor is known to have used since 2013. They believe that the Manuscrypt malware was installed using an exploit for CVE-2017-7269, a vulnerability in Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 that was patched by on June 13, 2017.

Many servers worldwide remain at risk of this exploit. According to an open source intelligence, three of the top five countries that still have servers carrying this vulnerability are in the APAC region: China (with 7,848), (1,524), and Hong Kong (1,102). The US tops the list with the most vulnerable servers (11,949), while United Kingdom ranks fifth with 805.

If the exploit is successful, the malware can hand control of the compromised host to the attacker and easily implant additional malware on the server. researchers have also found several tools on the servers, including an information harvester. Using this kind of information gathering tool, the attacker can steal information from the victim's own infrastructure.

is believed to be behind massive and high-profile attacks like the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures, the million-dollar Bank heist in 2016, and the recent WannaCry destructive ransom ware epidemic. The Korean language group is thought to be state-sponsored.

"Companies are increasingly worried about being hit by advanced targeted attack groups like Unbeknown to them, their own corporate servers could be infected and manipulated by the hackers against them, or used to launch attacks on others," said Seongsu Park, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab's Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT).

Park predicts that with these incidents targeting enterprise networks, IT security priorities and processes will need to adapt as customers will require technology that is combined with intelligence and expertise, to protect them from both known and unknown threats.

First Published: Tue, October 24 2017. 15:42 IST