Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

7/18/2019
03:20 PM
Jai Vijayan
Jai Vijayan
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

8 Legit Tools and Utilities That Cybercriminals Commonly Misuse

Threat actors are increasingly 'living off the land,' using publicly available management and administration tools to conceal malicious activity.
Previous
1 of 9
Next

Image Source: Shutterstock

Image Source: Shutterstock

Cybercriminals have long used legitimate management and administration tools to break into enterprise networks, move laterally within them, and maintain persistence.

Lately, though, use of these so-called living-off-the-land tactics has increased substantially.

Positive Technologies recently analyzed the tools that 29 advanced persistent threat groups are currently using in their campaigns worldwide. Its study shows that more than half of them leverage legitimate, publicly available penetration testing and systems administration tools to develop their attacks after gaining an initial foothold on a network.

The reason? Such tools allow attackers to hide their activities in a sea of legitimate traffic. "Threat actors increasingly leverage dual-use tools or tools that are already preinstalled on targeted systems to carry out cyberattacks," said Fortinet in a recent report.

This makes it harder for defenders to spot malicious activity and makes attack attribution much more difficult. "Unfortunately, adversaries can use a wide range of legitimate tools to accomplish their goals and hide in plain sight," Fortinet said.

Here, according to security experts, are eight of the mostly commonly abused legitimate utilities and tools.

 

Jai Vijayan is a seasoned technology reporter with over 20 years of experience in IT trade journalism. He was most recently a Senior Editor at Computerworld, where he covered information security and data privacy issues for the publication. Over the course of his 20-year ... View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 9
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
TvRepair247
50%
50%
TvRepair247,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/25/2019 | 2:25:41 AM
Cybercriminals Commonly Misuse
accounting for almost half of all crimes in the country.

But just a fraction of offenses is reported to the police because victims either feel embarrassed or believe little can be done to catch those responsible. If facing any problem related to a printer please visit Tv Repair for any technical support assistance

According to the survey the total number of all offenses in the 12 months to September topped 11.8 million, of which 3.6 million were a fraud and further 2 million were related to computer misuse.

The next most common offense was theft with 3.5 million cases, while there were 1.2 million incidents of criminal damage and 1.3 million offenses of violence against the person.
tdsan
50%
50%
tdsan,
User Rank: Ninja
7/19/2019 | 4:08:46 PM
Powershelll can do most of what is listed
powershellcandomostofthis,thesearejustexamples
  • ps-invoke-[replacedtest5]psexec)
  • ps-gwmiwin32_product(wmic)
  • ps-enable-psremoting--force,winrm(vnc)
  • ps-winrmsetwinrm/config/client'@{trustedhosts=*"}(remoteaccess)

powershellcanbeusedtoaccomplishalmostanything.

todd
Aviation Faces Increasing Cybersecurity Scrutiny
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  8/22/2019
Microsoft Tops Phishers' Favorite Brands as Facebook Spikes
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  8/22/2019
MoviePass Leaves Credit Card Numbers, Personal Data Exposed Online
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  8/21/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
7 Threats & Disruptive Forces Changing the Face of Cybersecurity
This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at the biggest emerging threats and disruptive forces that are changing the face of cybersecurity today.
Flash Poll
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
Your enterprise's cyber risk may depend upon the relationship between the IT team and the security team. Heres some insight on what's working and what isn't in the data center.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2016-6154
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-23
The authentication applet in Watchguard Fireware 11.11 Operating System has reflected XSS (this can also cause an open redirect).
CVE-2019-5594
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-23
An Improper Neutralization of Input During Web Page Generation ("Cross-site Scripting") in Fortinet FortiNAC 8.3.0 to 8.3.6 and 8.5.0 admin webUI may allow an unauthenticated attacker to perform a reflected XSS attack via the search field in the webUI.
CVE-2019-6695
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-23
Lack of root file system integrity checking in Fortinet FortiManager VM application images of all versions below 6.2.1 may allow an attacker to implant third-party programs by recreating the image through specific methods.
CVE-2019-12400
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-23
In version 2.0.3 Apache Santuario XML Security for Java, a caching mechanism was introduced to speed up creating new XML documents using a static pool of DocumentBuilders. However, if some untrusted code can register a malicious implementation with the thread context class loader first, then this im...
CVE-2019-15092
PUBLISHED: 2019-08-23
The webtoffee "WordPress Users & WooCommerce Customers Import Export" plugin 1.3.0 for WordPress allows CSV injection in the user_url, display_name, first_name, and last_name columns in an exported CSV file created by the WF_CustomerImpExpCsv_Exporter class.