Nation-State Espionage Campaigns against Middle East Defense Contractors

Report on espionage attacks using LinkedIn as a vector for malware, with details and screenshots. They talk about “several hints suggesting a possible link” to the Lazarus group (aka North Korea), but that’s by no means definite.

As part of the initial compromise phase, the Operation In(ter)ception attackers had created fake LinkedIn accounts posing as HR representatives of well-known companies in the aerospace and defense industries. In our investigation, we’ve seen profiles impersonating Collins Aerospace (formerly Rockwell Collins) and General Dynamics, both major US corporations in the field.

Detailed report.

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 6:22 AM12 Comments

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Clive Robinson June 23, 2020 5:29 PM

@ Bruce,

Sometimes “Nation State Espionage” and “Industrial Espionage” converge.

It would appear most Western and First World nations engage in both, as they argue –if pushed– that the success of their international arms manufacturers is a matter of “National Security” as part of the nations economy.

As I’ve mentioned befor, I have had first hand experience of such behaviour involving “defence equipment”. Basically a well known French industrial as well as arms manufactuter committed acts of sabotage in a foreign nation. When those doing so were caught red-handed operating their jamming equipment they pulled out Diplomatic Passports…

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As I’ve mentioned before, I have had the first-hand experience of such behaviour involving “defence equipment”. Basically a well known French industrial as well as arms manufacturer committed acts of sabotage in a foreign nation. When those doing so were caught red-handed operating their jamming equipment they pulled out Diplomatic Passports

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