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Lebanon Believed Behind Newly Uncovered Cyber Espionage Operation
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Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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3/31/2015 | 4:57:10 PM
Re: Build to just beyond the sophistication of your target
Given what's going on in the Middle East , I suspect we will be seeing a lot more of this going forward...
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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3/31/2015 | 4:56:58 PM
Re: Build to just beyond the sophistication of your target
Given what's going on in the Middle East , I suspect we will be seeing a lot more of this going forward...
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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3/31/2015 | 2:14:41 PM
Re: Build to just beyond the sophistication of your target
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Christopher. I am sure this only scratches the surface of all of the other as-yet unpublicized or undiscovered nation-state activity out there. It's always interesting to see a new attack group emerge, and to learn about their techniques and approach. 
BurgessCT
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BurgessCT,
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3/31/2015 | 2:07:40 PM
Build to just beyond the sophistication of your target
Great piece Kelly.  Reading the analysis and target selection provided by Checkpoint it harkened back to an observation seen in the past which is the enttity doing the "attacking" only needs to be better than their target, not necessarily better than the best. It appears that the creators are continuing to evolve in step with their targets.

All the best,

Christopher
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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3/31/2015 | 12:47:32 PM
Re: Polymorphic?
@Kelly Jackson Higgins. Ah ok, thank you for clearing that up...I feel that their time would be better spent trying to code variants into the malware. Otherwise, malware from the same source location may raise a red flag and the organization may be more vigilant in restrictions for those attack specifics.
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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3/31/2015 | 12:00:37 PM
Re: Polymorphic?
Good question, @Ryan. It's not self-modifying: The attackers customize Explosive as needed to avoid detection, and for specific targets. 
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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3/31/2015 | 10:43:27 AM
Polymorphic?
Does that make Volatile Cedar polymorphic? By this I mean will it change to a different variant based on previous coding or does the team invoking the malware need to make changes on the back-end?


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