Beware the Bear: Fancy Bear’s Malware Mayhem Targets Unpatched Printers

Bear with us: Fancy Bear’s print attack leaves security black and white. Protect your endpoints before this Russian malware turns your data into a picnic basket! 🐻‍❄️🖨️ #RussianHackers #PrinterVulnerability #CyberSecurity

Hot Take:

Remember when printers were just for printing? Those innocent times are long gone, as Russia’s Fancy Bear turns them into bear traps for your data. It’s like the Cold War, but instead of spies in trench coats, we’ve got malware in print queues. And just when you thought your printer couldn’t be more annoying, it becomes a double agent for Russian intelligence. Who needs a paper jam when you’ve got geopolitical cyber espionage?

Key Points:

  • Russian Fancy Bear hackers are partying like it’s 2019, using a vintage printer bug to smuggle out your secrets.
  • The malware, GooseEgg, is the digital equivalent of finding an actual goose egg in your printer – except it steals your credentials instead of hatching golden eggs.
  • Windows patched the vulnerability (CVE-2022-38028) ages ago, but some folks must love living dangerously with their unpatched endpoints.
  • The U.S. DoJ played whack-a-mole with a Fancy Bear botnet, showing that even bears can’t hide from the law (or at least its digital equivalent).
  • If your password is “password,” maybe just unplug your router now to save Fancy Bear the trip.
Title: Windows Print Spooler Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Cve id: CVE-2022-38028
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: microsoft
Cve date updated: 12/20/2023
Cve description: Windows Print Spooler Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability

Title: Windows Print Spooler Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability
Cve id: CVE-2022-38028
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: microsoft
Cve date updated: 12/20/2023
Cve description: Windows Print Spooler Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability

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Grin and Bear It

It seems that Fancy Bear, also known as the art connoisseur of cyber espionage, has a fine taste for outdated vulnerabilities. Since mid-2019, this group, allegedly tied to Russia's GRU, has been exploiting a Windows printer bug like it's the golden age of spy novels. The malware GooseEgg is their tool of choice, because why not name your data-thieving software after something that belongs in a farmyard?

Patch or Perish

Despite the patch being out in the wild longer than some of our leftovers in the fridge, there are still endpoints out there ripe for the hacking. It's as if some people see security updates the way I see gym memberships – nice to have but never used. The hackers targeted a smorgasbord of sectors, proving that when it comes to security, everyone's on the menu.

The Botnet Busters

In an episode that could've been ripped from a cybercrime drama, U.S. law enforcement went full Ghostbusters on a Fancy Bear botnet this February. They dismantled a digital army of routers faster than you can say "I ain't afraid of no ghost (bear)." Turns out, the botnet was piggybacking on Moobot, a malware that preys on routers with the cyber equivalent of leaving your keys in the front door.

Security Tips for the Tech-Timid

For those who've just been reminded they have a router, the message is clear: update your stuff, and for the love of secure networks, make your passwords harder than a first-grade spelling test. With the best firewalls and endpoint security tools just a few clicks away, there's no excuse for being the low-hanging fruit on Fancy Bear's data tree.

From the Journo Who Knows

And who's bringing us this tale of cyber intrigue? None other than Sead Fadilpašić, a journalist who's been in the IT and cybersecurity trenches longer than some hackers have been in school. With his experience, he’s seen more malware than most of us have seen cat videos. So when Sead talks about cyber bears and digital espionage, we'd do well to perk up our ears and maybe even update our printers.

Tags: CVE-2022-38028, Fancy Bear, GooseEgg malware, MooBot botnet, print spooler bug, printer vulnerability, Russian state-sponsored hacking