this cybercriminal group targets large French companies

Ouest-France, Gefco, Pierre Fabre… the names of the French companies targeted by the Lockean cybercriminal group are quite impressive. Anssi’s government center for monitoring, alerting and responding to computer attacks (CERT) sounded the alarm on Wednesday in the face of the latter’s actions.

According to our colleagues from the Digital Factory, malicious actors thus carry out targeted attacks by resorting to very sophisticated techniques traditionally used during computer espionage operations between States.

Good news in the fight against cybercrime

Among the strategies used to infiltrate the operating systems, the group notably used the “Emotet distribution service in 2020 as well as that of TA551 in 2020 and 2021 in order to distribute QakBot by phishing email” .

In its report, Anssi also noted that Lockean does not target entities present in the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), namely: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Uzbekistan, Russia , Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine. However, there is an exception since the company Gefco is 75% owned by Russian railways, reports the Digital Factory.

The discovery of this group is good news in cybersecurity since by identifying its mode of action and its characteristics, organizations can adapt their defense strategies to better protect themselves against it.

As a reminder, Europol recently arrested 12 people from various criminal organizations. They were notably known to sow chaos across the world by carrying out ransomware attacks targeting very large organizations in connection with vital infrastructures in several countries.

In all, 1,800 victims were recorded in 71 states. On October 26, during the police operation carried out in Ukraine and Switzerland, 52,000 dollars in cash, as well as 5 luxury cars were found. However, hackers are far from having their last word, and ransomware attacks still pose a very real threat to large organizations and individuals alike.

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