Hackers Used Government Servers in DNSMessenger Attacks

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A recently discovered DNSMessenger campaign is abusing compromised U.S. state government servers to host malware, Cisco Talos security researchers say.

First uncovered in early March, the DNSMessenger attack involved the use of DNS requests to establish communication between a PowerShell RAT and its command and control (C&C) servers. Completely fileless and invisible to most standard defenses, the attack was highly targeted and researchers attributed it to a sophisticated threat actor.

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