Mustang Panda APT Group Targets Europe With PlugX Backdoor


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Mustang Panda distributed PlugX malware through malicious optical disc image (ISO) files to entities in Europe.

The threat actor leveraged malicious shortcut (LNK) files and dynamic-link library (DLL) search-order-hijacking to carry out the four-stage infection chain.

Microsoft Windows registry run keys were used for persistence while symmetric cryptography and standard encoding were used to exfiltrate sensitive data.

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