As we all know that hacking campaigns have all end sorts of goal such as causing international destruction, collecting money or simply wreaking havoc for a laugh. Some hackers use their skills to collect information about users data which can be used in harmful operations. Likewise, this is the case begin with the SOUNDWAVE malware. This threat is especially belongs to the arsenal of the ScarCruft hacking group. This particular group consists of highly skilled individuals which hails from North Korea and it is also known as APT37 (Advanced Persistent Threat). Cyber security experts still believe that the ScarCruft hacking group is still working for the North Korean government and it is mostly used as an attack vector against perceived enemies of the regime. This tells why most of the victims of the APT37's threatening campaigns are South Korean. This hacking group is well known to attack individuals on high ranking positions and military or government related organizations.
The malware in question today that operates on the down low and it isn't meant to be destructive to the host. It serves as a useful tool in espionage related operations. The SOUNDWAVE malware is capable of infiltrating a targeted computer system, hijacking the microphone of the victim and use it to record audio. The malware ensures to connect to its operators Command and Control (C&C) server. As, this means of receiving commands from the ScarCruft hacking group. The SOUNDWAVE malware is also capable of recording audio upto 100 minutes. Unlike, other hacking tools coming from the APT37 group's arsenal, this malware doesn't have any additional capabilities and it only serves as a reconnaissance tool.
The ScarCruft hacking group is expanding its arsenal of tools very rapidly and it will continue wreaking havoc and making headlines in the future.
Some Tips To Stay Away From SOUNDWAVE malware
Never try to open any email attachment that looks suspicious to you. Never try to visit any pornographic website. Always try to use an anti-virus and scan your PC completely.