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New backdoor ‘KeyBoy’ malware hits Asia with targeted attacks

IDG News Service – Users from Vietnam, India, China, Taiwan and possibly other countries, were targeted as part of an attack campaign that uses Microsoft Word documents rigged with exploits in order to install a backdoor program that allows attackers to steal information, according to researchers from security firm Rapid7.

The targeted attacks used specifically crafted Word documents as bait in spear-phishing emails sent to the intended victims. These documents were rigged to exploit known vulnerabilities that affect unpatched installations of Microsoft Office.

One of the malicious documents found by Rapid7 researchers is written in Vietnamese and is about best practices for teaching and researching scientific topics. This suggests that the targets of attacks where this document was used are part of the Vietnamese academic community, Rapid7 researchers Claudio Guarnieri and Mark Schloesser said Friday in a blog post…read full article

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