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PolySwarm 2022 Recap - Threat Actor Activity Highlights: Russia

Dec 29, 2022 3:17:20 PM / by PolySwarm Tech Team posted in Russia, Threat Bulletin, APT, Europe, 2022 Recap


Executive Summary

This Threat Bulletin is part of PolySwarm’s 2022 Recap series. This report provides highlights of activity perpetrated by Russia-based threat actors in 2022. Russian APT activity in 2022 was heavily focused on targeting Ukraine for espionage and sabotage due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. While the Russian cyber threat landscape includes a wide variety of ransomware and cybercrime threat actors, we have limited the scope of this report to state-sponsored threat actor activity.

Key Takeaways

  • This report highlights activity perpetrated by Russia-based APT threat actors in 2022.
  • Threat actors featured in this report include Cozy Bear, Fancy Bear, Energetic Bear, Venomous Bear, Primitive Bear, VooDoo Bear, Ember Bear, Saint Bear, UAC-0041, UAC-0088, and UAC-0098.
  • PolySwarm tracked malware associated with multiple Russia nexus threat actors in 2022. 
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PolySwarm Threat Bulletin: Lazarus APT’s LolZarus Campaign Targets Defense Contractor

Feb 14, 2022 2:18:26 PM / by PolySwarm Team posted in Threat Bulletin, Lazarus, LolZarus, APT, North Korea, LoLbins, Defense Vertical



Qualys Threat Research recently reported on a new Lazarus espionage campaign leveraging employment phishing emails to target the defense sector, primarily targeting those applying for a job at Lockheed Martin. The targeting is similar to previous Lazarus campaigns which targeted Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems. Qualys refers to the current campaign as LolZarus due to the threat actor group’s use of LoLbins in some of the samples, which according to Qualys is the first known use of LoLbins by a well-known threat actor group.

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