SECURITY RESEARCHERS AT ESET have uncovered what they are calling a sophisticated state-sponsored cyber-espionage tool which has been used to target computers in Iran.
The malicious software is believed to have been developed by the Animal Farm espionage group, which also created the Casper, Bunny and Babar spying tools, and has been named Dino.
ESET described Dino as an elaborate backdoor trojan that has custom file storage to execute commands in a stealthy way, and a complex task-scheduling module that works in a similar manner to the 'cron' Unix command.
"Finding Dino has been complicated, because very few samples seem to have been deployed," said the ESET security team in a blog post.
"We believe in particular that operators deploy Dino only on major targets once they have made a reconnaissance step with a more lightweight malware, such as Casper."
ESET found various tell-tale signs in the malware's code suggesting that the Animal Farm group is French speaking. The first give away is that the language of the computer that served to create Dino is written in the program and set to French.
"Usually malware developers remove this hint, but it seems Dino's developers forgot to do it in this case," ESET said.
The second sign was that the developers left a directory name visible in the program that contains part of the Dino source code on the developer computer, and is named 'arithmetique', which is the French word for 'arithmetic'.
The researchers also listed the commands accepted by the Dino binary, alongside the names chosen by the malware's developers.
"The ‘search‘ command proved to be particularly interesting as it allows the operators to look for files with meticulous precision. For example, the malware operator can search infected systems by specifying file types, size of files and a date range when it was last modified," ESET added.
The team said they know little regarding Dino's victims, except that they were located in Iran in 2013. µ
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