DarkHydrus

DarkHydrus is a threat group that has targeted government agencies and educational institutions in the Middle East since at least 2016. This group has primarily used open-source tools and custom payloads to perform attacks.

Other names for this threat

LazyMeerkat

The following is a collection of rules based on the presence of indicators of compromise publicly reported as associated with this malicious actor.

Suspicious DNS Request - DarkHydrus Related Domain Observed

Description

This detection identifies a request to resolve a domain publicly reported as associated with this malicious actor. Malicious actors may use compromised websites for malicious purposes. This detection is powered by the Rapid7 Threat Command Threat Library.

Recommendation

This alert may have been caused by normal web browsing activity by the end user. Review the alert in question. If necessary, rebuild the host from a known, good source and have the user change their password.

MITRE ATT&CK Techniques

  • Acquire Infrastructure - T1583
  • Domains - T1583.001
  • Compromise Infrastructure - T1584
  • Domains - T1584.001
Suspicious Process - DarkHydrus Related Binary Executed

Description

This detection identifies the execution of a file with a hash publicly reported as associated with this malicious actor. Malicious actors may use common System Administration tools for malicious purposes. This detection is powered by the Rapid7 Threat Command Threat Library.

Recommendation

Review the alert in question. If necessary, rebuild the host from a known, good source and have the user change their password.

Suspicious Web Request - DarkHydrus Related Domain Observed

Description

This detection identifies a request to a domain publicly reported as associated with this malicious actor. Malicious actors may compromise websites for malicious purposes. This detection is powered by the Rapid7 Threat Command Threat Library.

Recommendation

This alert may have been caused by normal web browsing activity by the end user. Review the alert in question. If necessary, rebuild the host from a known, good source and have the user change their password.

MITRE ATT&CK Techniques

  • Acquire Infrastructure - T1583
  • Domains - T1583.001
  • Virtual Private Server - T1583.003
  • Server - T1583.004
  • Compromise Infrastructure - T1584
  • Domains - T1584.001
  • Virtual Private Server - T1584.003
  • Server - T1584.004