FIN7 hackers distribute USB drives containing malware under the guise
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FIN7 hackers distribute USB drives containing malware under the guise of gifts

Members of the FIN7 hacker group sent USB drives containing malware to employees of American companies, including those in the defense and transportation industries, via US mail. Attackers rely on people’s gullibility and use of the drives received as gifts in their workplace.

Image source: Christian Ohde / McPhoto / ullstein bild / Getty Images

Image source: Christian Ohde / McPhoto / ullstein bild / Getty Images

According to the available data, the flash drives containing malware were mostly distributed on behalf of the US Department of Health and some social services. To make the statement even more convincing, the attackers provided the packages with a description of the contents of the drive, claiming that it contained important data on the coronavirus infection epidemic and relevant recommendations for citizens. In some cases, malicious USB drives have been shipped in decorative gift wrapping like Amazon’s, accompanied by a fake charity letter and gift card.

According to the FBI, this scheme was used by hackers for several months, and the first packages of this type were discovered back in August last year. During its existence, the FIN7 group has been credited with stealing at least $ 1 billion using various schemes and malware. The source notes that this is not the first time that hackers have used such schemes to inject malicious programs into corporate infrastructure. FIN7 has also used a similar scheme in the past, delivering packages containing a fake gift certificate, stuffed animal, and USB drive with a Griffon back door to victims to take control of an infected computer.

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