Machete Machete

  • First known sample

  • Discovery

  • Number of targets

  • Current status

    Inactive since 2014
  • Type

  • Targeted platforms

  • TOP targeted countries

    Belgium , Brazil , CIS , Colombia , Cuba , Ecuador , France , Germany , Malaysia , Peru , Russia , Spain , Sweden , Ukraine , Venezuela

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  • The way of propagation

    Social engineering
  • Purpose/Functions

    Cyberespionage , Data theft , Data wiping
  • Special features

    Has the functionality to extract stolen information from infected computers via a special USB stick that can be connected locally. The attackers introduced this feature to make sure even if the network infrastructure is compromised or destroyed, the stolen information could still be extracted. Some modules are written in Python language, which is not common for targeted attacks.

  • Targets

    Diplomatic organizations/embassies , Government entities , Intelligence agencies , Military
  • Artefacts/Attribution

    A Spanish speaking country from Latin America interested in the politics and military affairs of the mentioned targets

  • Description

    A targeted attack campaign with Spanish-speaking roots active since 2010. The campaign distributes malware for cyber-espionage purposes using social engineering techniques, including spear-phishing and infections via the web. Targets have been high-level individuals and organizations from Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Russia, Cuba, and Spain.

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