Attackers set up rogue GitHub repos with malware posing as zero-day exploits

In an unusual attack campaign, a hacker has been setting up rogue GitHub repositories that claim to host zero-day exploits for popular applications but which instead deliver malware. The attacker also created fake GitHub and Twitter accounts posing as security researchers and even used real photos of researchers from well-known cybersecurity firms.

“The attacker has made a lot of effort to create all these fake personas, only to deliver very obvious malware,” researchers from security firm VulnCheck, who found the rogue repositories, said in a report. “It’s unclear if they have been successful but given that they’ve continued to pursue this avenue of attacks, it seems they believe they will be successful.”

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