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Description(Palo Alto) The Magic Hound campaign was also discovered deploying an IRC Bot, which we have named MagicHound.Leash. We discovered this connection when we observed a DropIt sample installing a backdoor Trojan that used IRC for its C2 communications.

Leash obtains its commands via private messages (PRIVMSG) sent from the adversary who must also be connected to the IRC server. All of its available commands (see Appendix), except for the VER command seen in Figure 5, must be issued by individuals in the IRC channel with nicknames that start with “AS_” or “AF_”.

Last change to this tool card: 23 April 2020

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 Cutting Kitten, TG-2889Iran2012-Mar 2016X
XMagic Hound, APT 35, Cobalt Illusion, Charming KittenIran2012-Sep 2022 HOTX

2 groups listed (2 APT, 0 other, 0 unknown)

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