Pioneer Kitten

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Pioneer Kitten, also known as UNC757, is a threat actor tracked by CrowdStrike Intelligence and is believed to be linked with the Iranian government. The group primarily targets North American and Israeli entities that are likely of intelligence interest to Iran. Pioneer Kitten's operational model is largely opportunistic, with a broad target scope encompassing technology, government, defense, and healthcare organizations. The group's operational characteristic involves its reliance on SSH tunneling for communication with implants and conducting hands-on-keyboard activity via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). They utilize open-source tools such as Ngrok and their custom tool, SSHMinion. In 2020, Pioneer Kitten came into the spotlight when the U.S. Cyber Command's elite digital corps, the CNMF, discovered during a reconnaissance mission that the group had gained access to a city's local infrastructure intended for recording the results of the 2020 elections. The CNMF intervened, executing cyber operations to ensure the group no longer had access to the network and could not return to the system. The incident response was managed in collaboration with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Pioneer Kitten's tradecraft is characterized by a pronounced reliance on exploiting remote external services on internet-facing assets to achieve initial access to victims, along with an almost total reliance on open-source tooling during operations. Interestingly, there is speculation that the group's commercial activities might not be sanctioned by the Iranian government. This assumption is based on the potential negative impacts the commercial sale of such access could have on intelligence collection operations. To mitigate threats posed by actors like Pioneer Kitten, organizations are encouraged to incorporate intelligence into their security strategy.
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UNC757, also known as Pioneer Kitten or Parisite, is a threat actor recognized for its malicious activities in the cybersecurity landscape. This group's indicators of compromise (IOCs) and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) have been analyzed, leading to the identification of a correlation b
Parisite
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Parisite, also known as Fox Kitten, Pioneer Kitten, or UNC757, is a threat actor believed to be associated with the Iranian government. This group has been operational since at least 2017, exhibiting activities targeting a broad geographic range including entities in the US, the Middle East, Europe,
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CERT-EU
a year ago
Congress puts focus on cybersecurity for suicide lifeline, voting systems, NOTAM
MITRE
a year ago
Iran-Based Threat Actor Exploits VPN Vulnerabilities | CISA
MITRE
a year ago
PIONEER KITTEN: Targets & Methods [Adversary Profile]
CERT-EU
a year ago
Microsoft says Iranian hackers combine influence ops with hacking for maximum impact
CERT-EU
a year ago
The Tragic Fallout From a School District’s Ransomware Breach | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware – National Cyber Security Consulting
CERT-EU
a year ago
Congress puts focus on cybersecurity for suicide lifeline, voting systems, NOTAM | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware – National Cyber Security Consulting
CERT-EU
a year ago
US lawmakers push voting system pen testing, bug disclosure