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New Phishing Attack Uses Clever Microsoft Office Trick to Deploy NetSupport RAT

March 19, 2024

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A new phishing campaign is targeting U.S. organizations with the intent to deploy a remote access trojan called NetSupport RAT.

Israeli cybersecurity company Perception Point is tracking the activity under the moniker Operation PhantomBlu.

“The PhantomBlu operation introduces a nuanced exploitation method, diverging from NetSupport RAT’s typical delivery mechanism by leveraging OLE (Object Linking and Embedding) template manipulation, exploiting Microsoft Office document templates to execute malicious code while evading detection,” security researcher Ariel Davidpur said.

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