Sophisticated ‘TajMahal APT Framework’ Remained Undetected for 5 Years

[ April 12, 2019 ]

Cybersecurity researchers yesterday unveiled the existence of a highly sophisticated spyware framework that has been in operation for at least last 5 years—but remained undetected until recently.

Dubbed TajMahal by researchers at Kaspersky Lab, the APT framework is a high-tech modular-based malware toolkit that not only supports a vast number of malicious plugins for distinct espionage operations, but also comprises never-before-seen and obscure tricks.

By the way, Kaspersky didn’t mention why they named the framework after Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World located in India.

TajMahal toolkit was first discovered by security researchers late last year when hackers used it to spy on the computers of a diplomatic organization belonging to a Central Asian country whose nationality and location have not been disclosed.

However, malware samples examined by the researchers suggest the cyberespionage group behind the attack has been active since at least August 2014.


 

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