Never-before-seen attackers are targeting Mideast industrial organizations

(credit: Saudi Aramco)

Researchers have unearthed an attack campaign that uses previously unseen malware to target Middle Eastern organizations, some of which are in the industrial sector.

Researchers with Kaspersky Lab, the security firm that discovered the campaign, have dubbed it WildPressure. It uses a family of malware that has no similarities to any malicious code seen in previous attacks. It’s also targeting organizations that don’t overlap with other known campaigns.

Milum, as the malware is dubbed, is written in C++ and contains clues that suggest developers may be working on versions written in other programming languages. While Milum uses configuration data and communication mechanisms that are common among malware developers, the researchers believe that both the malware and the targets are unique.

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