Phishing in Plain Sight

Executive Summary

Fidelis Cybersecurity analysis has identified unrelated cyber criminal activity leveraging the vulnerability cited in CVE-2014-4114, which was initially exploited by advanced persistent threat (APT) actors in October 2014. Notably, some of this recent activity demonstrated actors implementing a technique that bypassed antivirus detection by saving a PowerPoint document in which malware executed once the document was opened in Slide Show presentation format. The identification of cyber crime actors, particularly Nigerian 419 scam operators, attempting to exploitCVE-2014-4114 demonstrates how quickly cyber criminals are trying to exploit a vulnerability previously associated with espionage actors, using similar tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP) to maximize their chances of success, with additional innovation as seen with these samples.

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Phishing in Plain Sight