Russian Threat Actor Impersonates Aerospace and Defense Companies

Threat Actor ImpersonatesA Russia-linked threat actor tracked as TAG-53 is running phishing campaigns impersonating various defense, aerospace, and logistic companies, according to The Record by Recorded Future. Recorded Future’s Insikt Group identified overlaps with a threat actor tracked by other companies as Callisto Group, COLDRIVER, and SEABORGIUM.

“TAG-53 infrastructure was uncovered by analyzing specific combinations of domain registrars, autonomous systems, domain name structures, and related TLS certificates,” the researchers write. “Based on this information, it is highly likely that this threat group is continuing its phishing and credential-harvesting operations. While monitoring TAG-53 infrastructure, Insikt Group observed a spoofed Microsoft login page masquerading as a legitimate military weapons and hardware supplier in the US, suggesting that some TAG-53 infrastructure has likely already been operationalized.”

Recorded Future isn’t sure if the impersonated entities are the specific targets of the operation, but the researchers note that most of these organizations “share a focus around industry verticals that would likely be of interest to Russia-nexus threat groups, especially in light of the war in Ukraine.”

“The TAG-53 domain “drive-globalordnance[.]com” includes a spoofed sign-in page for the legitimate company Global Ordnance, a military weapons and hardware supplier in the US,” the researchers write. “The spoofed sign-in page…uses Global Ordnance branding and is suspected to be used for follow-on credential harvesting after a target has been phished. It is unclear whether Global Ordnance is the intended target of this attempted credential harvesting operation or whether TAG-53 is using a Global Ordnance-styled domain and spoofed sign-in page to masquerade as a legitimate entity to target victims.”

Other impersonated entities included Polish defense company UMO Poland, the nonprofit Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), US-based satellite communications company Blue Sky Network, logistics company DTGruelle, and Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs.

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