In 2019 December, IBM X-Force team published a report (https://www.ibm.com/downloads/cas/OAJ4VZNJ) detailing new variants of ZeroCleare: a data-destroying malware family attributed to Iran. According to the IBM X-Force report, there are several important points -
The initial access IP address of this ZeroCleare is 126.96.36.199, which was associated with ITG13 in recent Oilrig/APT34 leaks, and as also reported by Palo Alto, was used to scan target networks and access accounts as early as the fall of 2018. Another Iranian threat group may have used the same addresses to access accounts prior to the wiper campaign. These variants of ZeroCleare are highly possibly attributed to Iran.
IBM X-Force team confirmed that these malware are targeting mostly the Energy Sector in the Middle East. The attacking method of ZeroCleare is wiping the data. This is much worse than ransomware. If the malware outbreaks, the data will be destroyed.
Lionic/AegisLab is one of the first several anti-virus vendors which can detect these variants of ZeroCleare. When we obtained this news from our information exchange channel, our anti-virus experts locate these malware soon from our daily operated virus sample collection. The following are the example screenshots of a malware scanning website.
As your strong network security partner, we are keeping watching the security activities in the world. All customers who use Lionic/AegisLab products or signature services will be safe from this ZeroCleare threat.
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