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BlackBerry Prevents Agent Tesla Malware Attacks

Agent Tesla is an extremely popular information-stealing Trojan that is being sold and distributed across a number of underground hacking forums and platforms. It is highly customizable, which allows threat actors to tailor it to their particular needs.

First seen in-the-wild in 2014, Agent Tesla has gone through many iterations over the years, developing new capabilities for causing mayhem and escaping detection. It has used these features to maintain itself as one of the most prevalent Remote Access Trojans (RAT) across the cyber threat-landscape.

Prevention First

At BlackBerry, we take a prevention-first and AI-driven approach to cybersecurity. Putting prevention first neutralizes malware before the exploitation stage of the kill-chain.

By stopping malware at this stage, BlackBerry solutions help organizations increase their resilience. It also helps reduce infrastructure complexity and streamline security management to ensure business, people, and endpoints are secure.

BlackBerry’s Threat Research Team has analyzed the attack methods used by this threat, and in addition to recommending basic cyber hygiene steps, strongly urges BlackBerry customers to ensure their systems have BlackBerry® Protect enabled with a blocking policy, and BlackBerry® Optics enabled to detect threats that trigger the rules noted below. 

BlackBerry Protect, BlackBerry Optics and BlackBerry Guard stop Agent Tesla malware attacks.

Our customers can feel confident that our AI-driven security products, as well as our Managed Detection & Response (MDR) solution, are all well-equipped to mitigate the risks posed by threat actors leveraging patch vulnerabilities:

  • BlackBerry® Protect, our endpoint protection solution, can help shield customers from the Agent Tesla attack. BlackBerry Protect stops the attack during the reported first stage of malware execution, protecting customers from further impact.
  • BlackBerry® Guard customers are also proactively protected, and our 24/7 MDR solution customers receive:
    o    Alerts monitored in real-time
    o    Corrective policies applied while discovering gaps in policy implementation
    o    Prioritized threat hunting
    o    The latest threat intelligence for fast moving threats

 BlackBerry Assistance

The BlackBerry Incident Response team can work with organizations of any size and across any vertical, to evaluate and enhance their endpoint security posture and proactively maintain the security, integrity, and resilience of their network infrastructure.

For emergency assistance, please email us at DLIR@blackberry.com, or use our handraiser form.

Learn more about the latest cybersecurity threats and threat actors in the BlackBerry 2021 Annual Threat Report.

The BlackBerry Research & Intelligence Team

About The BlackBerry Research & Intelligence Team

The BlackBerry Research & Intelligence team examines emerging and persistent threats, providing intelligence analysis for the benefit of defenders and the organizations they serve.