Cyber security researchers have uncovered a Campaign of attacks by Chinese hackers targeted to Tibetan activists via a malicious new Firefox extension.
Allegedly Chinese state-sponsored hacking group TA413 The Crusade was targeted against Tibetan dissidents and at its core implemented a felonious Firefox plug-in spread by an email address known for impersonating the Dalai Lama himself.
The reason why Chinese state-sponsored hacking groups might want to Target. Ins is obvious. China controls Tibetans, The Tibetans, aren’t happy about it? Thus Tibetan dissident groups exist. And as you can imagine the Chinese States really doesn’t like them.
TA413 is a hacking group aligned with Chinese Communist party interests. If it’s not directly State controlled. There isn’t much out there about TA413, but they’ve been linked to the lucky cat and Exile rats malware exonerate
It’s all started a few weeks ago when Tibetan organizations started receiving phishing emails purporting to be from the Tibetan women’s Association. All the emails were sent from a Gmail accounts with no links to the Chinese hacking group TA413. They’ve been observed in the past.
“Masquerading as Dalai Lama Representatives”
The emails all contained a URL impersonating YouTube you – tube TV upon clicking the link the victims would be taken to a fake “Adobe Flash Player Update” landing page prompting them to update their Adobe Flash player and install a Firefox extension that Proofpoint calls “FriarFox.”
Adobe Flash is now no longer supported on any platform and adobe has stopped providing security updates.
The hack only targeted Firefox users who were also logged into their Gmail account upon clicking the link in cases where these conditions weren’t met. The victim was just redirected to YouTube.
That infected “Flash update components” — disguises itself as an Adobe Flash-related tool, but it’s largely based on an open-source tool named “Gmail Notifier (restartless)” with significant alterations that add malicious capabilities, including incorporating modified versions of files taken from other extensions such as ‘Checker Plus for Gmail’.
The security vendor explained that it had seen low-level phishing campaigns against the Tibetan diaspora since March 2020, but that these took another turn in the first two months of 2021 with the use of a customized malicious extension dubbed “FriarFox.
After successful installation and all condition matched that extension will call to hackers server from which victim would Download malware specifically malware called scan box, which has been primarily used by Chinese hacking groups is been in service since 2014. And this isn’t the first time it’s been used to Target Tibetan organizations. It’s a reconnaissance framework used for logging keystrokes monitoring computer activity and just Gathering as much data from the victim PC as it possibly can.
It’s unclear exactly how many people were targeted in this campaign. The reports was only released a few days ago.