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New wave of attacks from Dark Pink highlights continued focus on high-value targets



Since February of last year, the threat actor known as Dark Pink has been linked to five new attacks aimed at various entities in Belgium, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. This includes educational institutions, government agencies, military bodies, and non-profit organizations, indicating the adversarial crew's continued focus on high-value targets. Dark Pink, also called Saaiwc Group, is an advanced persistent threat (APT) actor believed to be of Asia-Pacific origin, with attacks targeting entities primarily located in East Asia and, to a lesser extent, in Europe. The group employs a set of custom malware tools such as TelePowerBot and KamiKakaBot that provide various functions to exfiltrate sensitive data from compromised hosts. "The group uses a range of sophisticated custom tools, deploys multiple kill chains relying on spear-phishing emails," Group-IB security researcher Andrey Polovinkin said in a technical report shared with The Hacker News. "Once the attackers gain access to a target's network, they use advanced persistence mechanisms to stay undetected and maintain control over the compromised system." The findings also illustrate some key modifications to the Dark Pink attack sequence to impede analysis as well as accommodate improvements to KamiKakaBot, which executes commands from a threat actor-controlled Telegram channel via a Telegram bot.

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