Stealthy cyberespionage malware targets energy companies
Security researchers have discovered a new malware threat that goes to great lengths to remain undetected while targeting energy companies.
The malware program, which researchers from security firm SentinelOne have dubbed Furtim’s Parent, is a so-called dropper — a program designed to download and install additional malware components and tools. The researchers believe it was released in May and was created by state-sponsored attackers.
The goal of droppers is to prepare the field for the installation of other malware components that can perform specialized tasks. Their priority is to remain undetected, gain privileged access, and disable existing protections. These are all tasks that Furtim’s Parent does well.