The Israeli cybersecurity firm Cybereason has recently announced that it has uncovered an active effort to control the computers and steal data belonging to Facebook, Google Docs, Dropbox, and Simplenote users.
Cybereason has attributed the campaign to the Arab group ‘Molerats’, who also go by the name ‘The Gaza Cybergang,’ who have been operating in the Middle East since 2012. According to the cybersecurity firm, “this latest campaign leverages two previously unidentified backdoors dubbed SharpStage and DropBook, as well as a downloader dubbed MoleNet. The campaign leverages phishing documents that include various themes related to current Middle Eastern events.” One of the group’s campaigns which affected a number of people referred to a meeting held between .S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.