HermeticWiper C2 Infrastructure Targeting Ukraine Predicted and Blocked by Augur
Last week, Zscaler reported ThreatLabz has observed a sharp uptick in activity associated with the HermeticWiper malware, much (but not all) of it targeted to Ukraine this February. The IP associated with important elements of C2 infrastructure (94[.]158[.]244[.]27) was part of a range predicted to be malicious by Augur back in early 2020 and first detected on our networks on February 8.
This IP is part of a /24 registered to Moldovan hoster MIVOCLOUD and attributed to the Russian groups APT29 and Gamaredon. Other IPs in this Augur threat actor profile (Profile 126597) have been attributed to a variety of threat actors, including an IP associated with the Sunburst malware attack on the SolarWinds platform.
About Profile 126597
SecLytics Threat Actor Profile 126597 is focused on a cluster of APT groups (including FIN7, APT33, TA505, Hacking Team, APT29, APT36 and WizardSpider) that all seem to be leveraging shared infrastructure at the Moldovan hoster mentioned above. In the figure below, you can see malware identifiers for the malicious activities associated with Profile 126597.
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