Fenix Cybercrime Group Poses as Tax Authorities to Target Latin American Users

A cybercrime group called Fenix [1] [2], based in Mexico, has been targeting individuals in Mexico and Chile who pay taxes [1]. Their goal is to breach the victims’ networks and steal valuable data. Fenix achieves this by creating fake versions of the official tax authority websites in both countries and redirecting victims to these fraudulent sites. Once on these fake websites, victims are tricked into downloading a security tool that actually installs malware [1] [2]. This malware allows Fenix to gain access to sensitive information. Fenix then sells this access to ransomware affiliates [2].


To further their malicious activities, Fenix carries out phishing campaigns that coincide with government activities. They also exploit weak websites that use vulnerable WordPress engines. Additionally, Fenix creates typosquatting domains to launch phishing campaigns [1]. The malware used by Fenix is designed to establish persistence on compromised hosts, steal credentials [2], and execute commands from a remote server [1].


It is important to note that local cybercrime groups like Fenix are becoming increasingly skilled, making it more difficult to track, detect [1], and eliminate them. This highlights the need to anticipate their actions and remain vigilant in protecting against their attacks. The impacts of their activities can be severe, as they target tax-paying individuals and steal valuable data. Mitigating these threats requires constant monitoring and updating of security measures. Looking ahead, it is crucial to stay informed about the evolving tactics of cybercriminals and adapt our defenses accordingly.


[1] https://thehackernews.com/2023/07/fenix-cybercrime-group-poses-as-tax.html
[2] https://patabook.com/technology/2023/07/27/fenix-cybercrime-group-poses-as-tax-authorities-to-target-latin-american-users/


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