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VPNFilter Evolving to Be a More Dangerous Threat

September 27, 2018

VPNFilter malware is adding capabilities to become a more fully-featured tool for threat actors.

Malware writers are finding greater efficiencies by reusing older code families. That explains why VPNFilter — the attack that caused the FBI to recommend that everyone in the US reset their cable modem — is showing up with new capabilities and payloads.

In a new report, Talos says that its researchers have found seven new third-stage VPNFilter modules that add significant new functionality. The new capabilities include including an expanded ability to move laterally between endpoints on a network, data filtering, and multiple encrypted tunnels to mask command-and-control and data exfiltration traffic.

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