11/25/2014

#Regin the examples that was found at Belgacom

1. From previously identified Regin samples, The Intercept developed unique signatures which could identify this toolkit. A zip archive with a sample identified as Regin/Prax was found in VirusTotal, a free, online website which allows people to submit files to be scanned by several anti-virus products. The zip archive was submitted on 2013-06-21 07:58:37 UTC from Belgium, the date identified by Clément. Sources familiar with the Belgacom intrusion told The Intercept that this sample was uploaded by a systems administrator at the company, who discovered the malware and uploaded it in an attempt to research what type of malware it was.

2. Along with other files The Intercept found the output of a forensic tool, GetThis, which is being run on target systems looking for malware. From the content of the GetThis.log file, we can see that a sample called “svcsstat.exe” and located in C:WindowsSystem32 was collected and a copy of it was stored.

The malware in question is “0001000000000C1C_svcsstat.exe_sample ”. This is a 64bit variant of the first stage Regin loader aforementioned.

The archive also contains the output of ProcMon, “Process Monitor”, a system monitoring tool distributed by Microsoft and commonly used in forensics and intrusion analysis.

This file identifies the infected system and provides a variety of interesting information about the network. For instance:

USERDNSDOMAIN=BGC.NET

USERDOMAIN=BELGACOM

USERNAME=id051897a

USERPROFILE=C:Usersid051897a

The following environment variable shows that the system was provided with a Microsoft SQL server and a Microsoft Exchange server, indicating that it might one of the compromised corporate mail server Fabrice Clément mentioned to Mondiaal News:

Path=C:Program FilesLegatonsrbin;C:Windowssystem32;C:Windows;C:WindowsSystem32Wbem;C:WindowsSystem32WindowsPowerShellv1.0;C:Program FilesMicrosoft Network Monitor 3;C:Program FilesSystem Center Operations Manager 2007;c:Program Files (x86)Microsoft SQL Server90Toolsbinn;D:Program FilesMicrosoftExchange Serverbin

3. Below is a list of hashes for the files The Intercept is making available for download. Given that that it has been over a year since the Belgacom operation was publicly outed, The Intercept considers it likely that the GCHQ/NSA has replaced their toolkit and no current operations will be affected by the publication of these samples.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/11/24/secret-regi...

the same article gives more information about the loaders and why they think it was this virus that attacked Belgacom it also seem that some sources in Belgacom are leaking again and have forgotten about their NDA except if it is a hidden policy. 

the second thing is that it seems as if people during the discovery phase have used online tools which leaves traces to identity the problem. For a critical environment like Belgacom during an Espionage attack this is like hanging a banner outside : we have found you. 

De Standaard will be publishing more information it seems in the coming weeks. Well, now I understand something...... 

We always said it was an intelligence operation and we always said that there were problems with the certificates of some files. We only have to wait to be proven right. And for that we didn't have contact with leakers. 

Now that all that information is out in the open it is time for BIPT to make a real technical file.

That Intercept thinks that all the files have been replaced is wishful thinking except if they gave the intelligence services a head-start by informing some one that this information would be published at a certain date so they could go into overdrive. But even than there may be security and networkmanagment tools that will have a trace for the filenames and other events on the network or on the servers.

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