Ongoing Attacks Hit West African Financial Institutions Since Mid-2017


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By Ionut Arghire on January 17, 2019

Cyber-attacks that have been ongoing since at least mid-2017 hit financial institutions in West Africa, Symantec security researchers report.

The attackers employed commodity malware and living-off-the-land tools to hit targets in Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Congo (DR), Ghana, and Equatorial Guinea to date. The identity of the attackers, however, remains unknown.

Four different types of attacks were used against financial organizations in the region, with the first of them underway since at least mid-2017. Organizations in Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea were infected with the NanoCore Trojan, but the legitimate PsExec tool was also used.

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