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NamesOperation Epic Manchego (NVISO)
MotivationInformation theft and espionage
First seen2020
Description(NVISIO) In July 2020, NVISO detected a set of malicious Excel documents, also known as “maldocs”, that deliver malware through VBA-activated spreadsheets. While the malicious VBA code and the dropped payloads were something we had seen before, it was the specific way in which the Excel documents themselves were created that caught our attention.

The creators of the malicious Excel documents used a technique that allows them to create macro-laden Excel workbooks, without actually using Microsoft Office. As a side effect of this particular way of working, the detection rate for these documents is typically lower than for standard maldocs.
ObservedCountries: Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, South Korea, Sweden, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Vietnam.
Tools usedAgent Tesla, AZORult, Formbook, Matiex, njRAT.

Last change to this card: 17 September 2020

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