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9/26/2018
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VPNFilter Evolving to Be a More Dangerous Threat

VPNFilter malware is adding capabilities to become a more fully-featured tool for threat actors.

Malware writers are finding greater efficiencies by reusing older code families. That explains why VPNFilter — the attack that caused the FBI to recommend that everyone in the US reset their cable modem — is showing up with new capabilities and payloads.

In a new report, Talos says that its researchers have found seven new third-stage VPNFilter modules that add significant new functionality. The new capabilities include including an expanded ability to move laterally between endpoints on a network, data filtering, and multiple encrypted tunnels to mask command-and-control and data exfiltration traffic.

In the conclusion of the report, Talos offers information both worrying and soothing to security professionals. On the one hand, researchers list the new capabilities and point out that these are accompanied by new obfuscation routines, making it more difficult to find the more dangerous malware.

On the other hand, "it appears that VPNFilter has been entirely neutralized since we and our international coalition of partners (law enforcement, intelligence organizations, and the Cyber Threat Alliance) countered the threat earlier this year."

However, Talos cautions against becoming complacent. "[We] know that the actor behind VPNFilter is extremely capable and driven by their mission priorities to continually maneuver to achieve their goals," according to the report. "The sophisticated nature of this framework further illustrates the advanced capabilities of the threat actors making use of it, as well as the need for organizations to deploy robust defensive architectures to combat threats such as VPNFilter."

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Dr.T
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9/28/2018 | 2:20:56 PM
Sophistication?
The sophisticated nature of this framework further illustrates the advanced capabilities of the threat actors making use of it Sophistication of threats are unimaginable, they are getting very advanced in every way.
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Dr.T,
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9/28/2018 | 2:18:32 PM
neutralized?
it appears that VPNFilter has been entirely neutralized Piece of a good news abound among many bad news.
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9/28/2018 | 2:17:02 PM
Encrypted tunnels
The new capabilities include including an expanded ability to move laterally between endpoints on a network, data filtering, and multiple encrypted tunnels to mask command-and-control and data exfiltration traffic. This new capabilities are poring new threats obviously.
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Dr.T,
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9/28/2018 | 2:15:24 PM
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it's one of the dangerous threat I agree. It needs to be neutralized quite soon.
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Dr.T,
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9/28/2018 | 2:13:55 PM
VPNFilter
I thought we are already done with this, why is tho is coming back.
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9/27/2018 | 1:11:46 AM
custom essay writing service
it's one of the dangerous threat i heard in the news that the strange happend to the actor. so now days ther is no safety for any one i think by hearing this kind news i was amazed and worried.  so  its good for sharing such a wonderful news to us so that we could also no about these statements.
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