The companies security Talent-Jump and Trend Micro have revealed in their reports that for about 6 months (from summer 2019), one Chinese team hackers Performs attacks into a Companies that are behind sites of gambling and betting.
According to the companies, there are confirmed hacks to gaming companies located at Southeast Asia. There are also rumors about attacks to companies in Europe and the Middle East. The latter is not certain.
Evidence so far shows that the Chinese hackers have stolen them fundamentals data and the source code of companies and not money. This means that there is no financial incentive. Obviously, the target of the attacks is espionage.
The attacks were carried out by a group that the researchers called DRBC control.
Trend Micro reported the malware and tactics used by hacking team are similar to their tools and tactics Winnti and Emissary Panda. These are two hacking teams that have carried out numerous attacks on the Chinese government over the past decade.
We don't know yet if DRBControl is working for Beijing. Probably not. In August 2019, FireEye revealed that some Chinese state groups were also attacking their own interests.
DRBControl's recent attacks are neither complex nor unique to the tactics used by hackers.
Backdoor trojans are somewhat different from other backdoors because they rely heavily on Dropbox hosting and sharing service, used as a command-and-control (C&C) service and as a storage medium for secondary payloads and stolen data.
Usually, Chinese hackers use backdoors to download other hacking tools and malware, which will use them to find databases and source code of gambling sites.
Tools used by DRBControl:
- Tools for scanning NETBIOS servers
- Tools for brute-force attacks
- Windows UAC Bypass Tools
- Tools to gain more privileges in the infected system
- Tools for acquiring passwords
- Tools for stealing data clipboard
- Tools for loading and executing malicious code
- Tools to retrieve the public IP address of a workstation
- Tools for network communication with external networks
DRBCONTROL has infected many companies dealing with them gaming sites
Talent-Jump has been able to closely monitor the activities of Chinese hackers from July to September 2019.
During this time, hackers managed to infect some 200 computers of gaming companies, through a Dropbox account and others 80 through a second account.
These are not the first attacks on gambling sites. In 2018, the cybersecurity company ESET he mentioned that North Korean government hacking teams attacked an online casino in Central America For the purpose of theft money.