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The North Korean , suspected to be behind the WannaCry ransomware attack last year, has returned with a new crime spree, this time financial institutions and bitcoin with phishing emails, posing as job recruiters.

The was discovered by the McAfee Advanced Threat Research (ATR) analysts and dubbed as “HaoBao”. It was designated by McAfee as an “aggressive Bitcoin-stealing phishing ” that uses “sophisticated malware with long-term impact.”

While the form of attack seems nothing new, the two-stage attack malware has surprised researchers.

“This campaign deploys a one-time data gathering implant that relies upon downloading a second stage to gain persistence,” said McAfee analyst Ryan Sherstobitoff. “The implants contain a hardcoded ‘haobao’ that is used as a switch when executing from the Visual Basic macro.”

It works by sending malicious documents as attachments to unsuspecting targets, who open the malicious document and unknowingly allow the malware to scan for Bitcoin activity, after which it establishes an implant for long-term data gathering on being successful.

According to the firm, McAfee ATR first discovered of the malware on January 15th, when they spotted a malicious document passed off as a job recruitment for a Business Development Executive at a multi-national bank based in Hong Kong. More detail in a blog by McAfee.

Do your users know what to do when they receive a suspicious email?

Should they call the help desk, or forward it? Should they forward to IT including all headers? Delete and not it, forfeiting a possible early warning?

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