Elastic Security Labs Technology Lead, Elastic
Andrew Pease is the Elastic Security Labs Technology Lead. His team focuses on analyzing strategic, operational, and tactical threats. He was also the CEO and CIO of Perched, a professional services provider focusing on security consulting and training. Perched joined forces with Elastic in August 2019.
Andrew specializes in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) economic espionage, intelligence, and counter-intelligence programs.
Andrew is the creator and maintainer of the Elastic Container Project.
Additionally, Andrew was a member of the Missouri Cyber Team (MOCYBER) within the Missouri National Guard. His team has developed techniques and methodologies for performing cyber hunting operations within Federal, State, and private industries. MOCYBER architected, engineered, and operationalized its own hunting platform known as ROCK (rocknsm.io) as well as its standalone operations technology stack, CAPES (capesstack.io). He retired from the Army National Guard after 20+ years as a Chief Warrant Officer Four, in 2021.
Elastic Security Labs is providing an update to the REF2924 research published in December of 2022. This update includes malware analysis of the implants, additional findings, and associations with other intrusions.
Elastic Security Labs is tracking likely multiple on-net threat actors leveraging Exchange exploits, web shells, and the newly discovered SiestaGraph implant to achieve and maintain access, escalate privilege, and exfiltrate targeted data.
Elastic Security Labs outlines the steps collect and analyze the various stages of the REF4526 intrusion set. This intrusion set uses a creative approach of Unicode icons in Powershell scripts to install a loader, a dropper, and RAT implants.