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The campaign uses a malicious Word document that leverages the Microsoft Office Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) technique to bypass network defenses. Regardless of whether macros are enabled or not, the use of DDE with PowerShell allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a victim’s system.

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Targeted attacks primarily focused on financial institutions and technology organizations within Saudi Arabia. Artifacts identified within the malware samples related to these attacks also suggest the targeting of the defense industry in Saudi Arabia. This appears to be related to an earlier wave of attacks carried out in fall 2015.

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An issue was discovered in certain Apple products. MacOS High Sierra before Security Update 2017-001 is affected. The issue involves the "Directory Utility" component. It allows attackers to obtain administrator access without a password via certain interactions involving entry of the root username.

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This ever-evolving ransomware targets Windows users and does not infect computers using the Russian language. The malware encrypts files located in multiple locations including local and remote drives, removable drives, mapped drives, and unmapped network shares.

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The exploit kit attempts to exploit victims who visit malicious websites with various vulnerabilities found in Microsoft, Oracle, and Adobe.

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