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Category: Malware

Type: Backdoor

Platform: W32, W64

Aliases: Backdoor:W32/BlackEnergy.A, Backdoor:W64/BlackEnergy.A


Backdoor:W32/BlackEnergy is a crimeware toolkit that has been modified for use in information gathering in advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks.


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Technical Details

BlackEnergy is a toolkit that has been used for years by various criminal outfits. In the summer of 2014, certain samples of BlackEnergy malware were observed targeting Ukrainian government organizations for information harvesting. These samples were identified as being the work of one group (identified as "Quedagh") which has a history of targeting political organizations.

For more details of Backdoor:W32/BlackEnergy's use in APT attacks, see Whitepapers: BlackEnergy & Quedagh: The convergence of crimeware and APT attacks