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Researchers have come across a previously undocumented Trojan used by an APT group of Iranian origin that has been targeting organizations in Israel but also other countries since last year with the intention of damaging their infrastructure.

The group, tracked as Moses Staff by researchers from security firm Cybereason, has been operating since at least September 2021 and its primary goal is to steal sensitive data. It also deploys file encrypting malware, but unlike ransomware, the goal is to cause business disruption and cover its tracks rather than financial gain.

Who is Moses Staff?

Moses Staff’s malicious activities were first documented last year by researchers from Check Point after a wave of attacks targeting organizations in Israel. Over the past two years there have been several groups targeting organizations in the country with ransomware-like attacks and lengthy negotiations, but Moses Staff stands out because its motivation is purely political.

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