Rising Tide: Chasing the Currents of Espionage in the South China Sea

Proofpoint identified several waves of a phishing campaign resulting in the execution of the ScanBox reconnaissance framework, in part based on intelligence shared by PwC Threat Intelligence related to ongoing ScanBox activity.
The phishing campaign involved URLs delivered in phishing emails, which redirected victims to a malicious website posing as an Australian news media outlet.
The website’s landing page delivered a JavaScript ScanBox malware payload to selected targets.
In historic instances, ScanBox has been delivered from websites that were the victim of strategic web compromise (SWC) attacks with legitimate sites being injected with malicious JavaScript code.
In this instance, the threat actor controls the malicious site and delivers malicious code to unsuspecting users.

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