Virus Type: Malware / Espionage Tool
Desert Falcons is a group of cybermercenaries operating from the Middle East and using a set of methods to hide and operate malware. The cybercriminals appear to be highly skilled: in addition to proficient social engineering tricks, they have developed the following from scratch:
Potential victims were enticed with socio-political news and information, and many succumbed rapidly to malware infection.
The victims targeted include:
Victims of the Desert Falcons are located mainly in the following countries:
The list of indicators of compromise is available on Securelist.com
Kaspersky Lab products detect and block all variants of the malware used in this campaign: