The Sidewinder APT group, also known as Rattlesnake and Hardcore Nationalist among other names, is escalating its cyber attacks on South Asian governments, particularly targeting Nepal. The hackers use a multi-stage attack strategy including spear-phishing and malicious macros. Using hardcoded URLs, they embed a macro in documents resembling legitimate Nepalese government communications, which launches a payload when the document is opened, delivering backdoors. Analysts recommend robust endpoint security, awareness training for employees, and diligent system updates.
Laurentian University is facing concerns about the impact of a cyber incident. The university’s officials are working to address the situation and ensure the security