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New StrelaStealer Phishing Attacks Hit Over 100 Organizations in E.U. and U.S.

New StrelaStealer Phishing Attacks Hit Over 100 Organizations in E.U. and U.S.
Mar 22, 2024 Email Security / Threat Intelligence
Cybersecurity researchers have detected a new wave of phishing attacks that aim to deliver an ever-evolving information stealer referred to as  StrelaStealer . The campaigns impact more than 100 organizations in the E.U. and the U.S., Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 researchers said in a new report published today. "These campaigns come in the form of spam emails with attachments that eventually launch the StrelaStealer's DLL payload," researchers Benjamin Chang, Goutam Tripathy, Pranay Kumar Chhaparwal, Anmol Maurya, and Vishwa Thothathri said . "In an attempt to evade detection, attackers change the initial email attachment file format from one campaign to the next, to prevent detection from the previously generated signature or patterns." First disclosed in November 2022, StrelaStealer is  equipped  to siphon email login data from well-known email clients and exfiltrate them to an attacker-controlled server. Since then, two large-scale campaigns involving the ma

Hackers Using Sneaky HTML Smuggling to Deliver Malware via Fake Google Sites

Hackers Using Sneaky HTML Smuggling to Deliver Malware via Fake Google Sites
Mar 18, 2024 Cryptocurrency / Malspam
Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a new malware campaign that leverages bogus Google Sites pages and HTML smuggling to distribute a commercial malware called  AZORult  in order to facilitate information theft. "It uses an unorthodox HTML smuggling technique where the malicious payload is embedded in a separate JSON file hosted on an external website," Netskope Threat Labs researcher Jan Michael Alcantara  said  in a report published last week. The phishing campaign has not been attributed to a specific threat actor or group. The cybersecurity company described it as widespread in nature, carried out with an intent to collect sensitive data for selling them in underground forums. AZORult, also called PuffStealer and Ruzalto, is an  information stealer  first detected around 2016. It's typically distributed via phishing and malspam campaigns, trojanized installers for pirated software or media, and malvertising. Once installed, it's capable of gathering cr

Hands-on Review: Cynomi AI-powered vCISO Platform

Hands-on Review: Cynomi AI-powered vCISO Platform
Apr 10, 2024vCISO / Risk Assessment
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Hackers Using Cracked Software on GitHub to Spread RisePro Info Stealer

Hackers Using Cracked Software on GitHub to Spread RisePro Info Stealer
Mar 16, 2024 Malware / Cybercrime
Cybersecurity researchers have found a number of GitHub repositories offering cracked software that are used to deliver an information stealer called RisePro. The campaign, codenamed  gitgub , includes 17 repositories associated with 11 different accounts, according to G DATA. The repositories in question have since been taken down by the Microsoft-owned subsidiary. "The repositories look similar, featuring a README.md file with the promise of free cracked software," the German cybersecurity company  said . "Green and red circles are commonly used on Github to display the status of automatic builds. Gitgub threat actors added four green Unicode circles to their README.md that pretend to display a status alongside a current date and provide a sense of legitimacy and recency." The list of repositories is as follows, with each of them pointing to a download link ("digitalxnetwork[.]com") containing a RAR archive file - andreastanaj/AVAST andreastanaj

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New Python-Based Snake Info Stealer Spreading Through Facebook Messages

New Python-Based Snake Info Stealer Spreading Through Facebook Messages
Mar 07, 2024 Vulnerability / Information Stealer
Facebook messages are being used by threat actors to distribute a Python-based information stealer dubbed Snake that's designed to capture credentials and other sensitive data. "The credentials harvested from unsuspecting users are transmitted to different platforms such as Discord, GitHub, and Telegram," Cybereason researcher Kotaro Ogino  said  in a technical report. Details about the campaign  first emerged  on the social media platform X in August 2023. The attacks entail sending prospective users seemingly innocuous RAR or ZIP archive files that, upon opening, activate the infection sequence. The intermediate stages involve two downloaders – a batch script and a cmd script – with the latter responsible for downloading and executing the information stealer from an actor-controlled GitLab repository. Cybereason said it detected three different variants of the stealer, the third one being an executable assembled by PyInstaller. The malware, for its part, is designed to gather d

TimbreStealer Malware Spreading via Tax-themed Phishing Scam Targets IT Users

TimbreStealer Malware Spreading via Tax-themed Phishing Scam Targets IT Users
Feb 28, 2024 Phishing Attack / Malware
Mexican users have been targeted with tax-themed phishing lures at least since November 2023 to distribute a previously undocumented Windows malware called  TimbreStealer . Cisco Talos, which  discovered  the activity, described the authors as skilled and that the "threat actor has previously used similar tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) to distribute a banking trojan known as  Mispadu  in September 2023. Besides employing sophisticated obfuscation techniques to sidestep detection and ensure persistence, the phishing campaign makes use of geofencing to single out users in Mexico, returning an innocuous blank PDF file instead of the malicious one if the payload sites are contacted from other locations. Some of the notable evasive maneuvers include leveraging custom loaders and direct system calls to bypass conventional API monitoring, in addition to utilizing Heaven's Gate to execute 64-bit code within a 32-bit process, an approach that was also recently adopted by

New MrAnon Stealer Malware Targeting German Users via Booking-Themed Scam

New MrAnon Stealer Malware Targeting German Users via Booking-Themed Scam
Dec 12, 2023 Cryptocurrency / Cyber Attack
A phishing campaign has been observed delivering an information stealer malware called  MrAnon Stealer  to unsuspecting victims via seemingly benign booking-themed PDF lures. "This malware is a Python-based information stealer compressed with cx-Freeze to evade detection," Fortinet FortiGuard Labs researcher Cara Lin  said . "MrAnon Stealer steals its victims' credentials, system information, browser sessions, and cryptocurrency extensions." There is evidence to suggest that Germany is the primary target of the attack as of November 2023, owing to the number of times the downloader URL hosting the payload has been queried. Masquerading as a company looking to book hotel rooms, the phishing email bears a PDF file that, upon opening, activates the infection by prompting the recipient to download an updated version of Adobe Flash. Doing so results in the execution of .NET executables and PowerShell scripts to ultimately run a pernicious Python script, which i

New Jupyter Infostealer Version Emerges with Sophisticated Stealth Tactics

New Jupyter Infostealer Version Emerges with Sophisticated Stealth Tactics
Nov 06, 2023 Data Security / Malvertising
An updated version of an information stealer malware known as  Jupyter  has resurfaced with "simple yet impactful changes" that aim to stealthily establish a persistent foothold on compromised systems. "The team has discovered new waves of Jupyter Infostealer attacks which leverage PowerShell command modifications and signatures of private keys in attempts to pass off the malware as a legitimately signed file," VMware Carbon Black researchers  said  in a report shared with The Hacker News. Jupyter Infostealer , also known as Polazert , SolarMarker, and Yellow Cockatoo, has a  track record  of leveraging manipulated search engine optimization (SEO) tactics and malvertising as an initial access vector to trick users searching for popular software into downloading it from dubious websites. It comes with capabilities to harvest credentials as well as establish encrypted command-and-control (C2) communication to exfiltrate data and execute arbitrary commands. The la

Beware: MetaStealer Malware Targets Apple macOS in Recent Attacks

Beware: MetaStealer Malware Targets Apple macOS in Recent Attacks
Sep 12, 2023 Endpoint Security / Data Security
A new information stealer malware called MetaStealer has set its sights on Apple macOS, making the latest in a growing list of stealer families focused on the operating system after MacStealer , Pureland , Atomic Stealer , and  Realst . "Threat actors are proactively targeting macOS businesses by posing as fake clients in order to socially engineer victims into launching malicious payloads," SentinelOne security researcher Phil Stokes  said  in a Monday analysis. In these attacks, MetaStealer is distributed in the form of rogue application bundles in the disk image format (DMG), with targets approached through threat actors posing as prospective design clients in order to share a password-protected ZIP archive containing the DMG file. Other instances have involved the malware masquerading as Adobe files or installers for Adobe Photoshop. Evidence gathered so far shows that MetaStealer artifacts began appearing in the wild in March 2023. The most recent sample was uploade

Alert: Brazilian Hackers Targeting Users of Over 30 Portuguese Banks

Alert: Brazilian Hackers Targeting Users of Over 30 Portuguese Banks
May 25, 2023 Financial Security / Cyber Threat
A Brazilian threat actor is targeting more than 30 Portuguese financial institutions with information-stealing malware as part of a long-running campaign that commenced in 2021. "The attackers can steal credentials and exfiltrate users' data and personal information, which can be leveraged for malicious activities beyond financial gain," SentinelOne researchers Aleksandar Milenkoski and Tom Hegel  said  in a new report shared with The Hacker News. The cybersecurity firm, which began tracking "Operation Magalenha" earlier this year, said the intrusions culminate in the deployment of two variants of a backdoor called  PeepingTitle  so as to "maximize attack potency." The links to Brazil stem from the use of the Brazilian-Portuguese language within the detected artifacts as well as source code overlaps with another banking trojan known as  Maxtrilha , which was first disclosed in September 2021. PeepingTitle, like Maxtrilha, is written in the Delphi

YouTube Videos Distributing Aurora Stealer Malware via Highly Evasive Loader

YouTube Videos Distributing Aurora Stealer Malware via Highly Evasive Loader
Apr 18, 2023 Threat Intelligence / Cyber Risk
Cybersecurity researchers have detailed the inner workings of a highly evasive loader named " in2al5d p3in4er " (read: invalid printer) that's used to deliver the Aurora information stealer malware. "The in2al5d p3in4er loader is compiled with  Embarcadero RAD Studio  and targets endpoint workstations using advanced anti-VM (virtual machine) technique," cybersecurity firm Morphisec  said  in a report shared with The Hacker News. Aurora  is a Go-based information stealer that emerged on the threat landscape in late 2022. Offered as a commodity malware to other actors, it's distributed through  YouTube videos  and SEO-poised fake cracked software download websites. Clicking the links present in YouTube video descriptions redirects the victim to decoy websites where they are enticed into downloading the malware under the garb of a seemingly-legitimate utility. The loader analyzed by Morphisec is designed to query the vendor ID of the graphics card install

New MacStealer macOS Malware Steals iCloud Keychain Data and Passwords

New MacStealer macOS Malware Steals iCloud Keychain Data and Passwords
Mar 27, 2023 Data Safety / Endpoint Security
A new information-stealing malware has set its sights on Apple's macOS operating system to siphon sensitive information from compromised devices. Dubbed  MacStealer , it's the latest example of a threat that uses Telegram as a command-and-control (C2) platform to exfiltrate data. It primarily affects devices running macOS versions Catalina and later running on M1 and M2 CPUs. "MacStealer has the ability to steal documents, cookies from the victim's browser, and login information," Uptycs researchers Shilpesh Trivedi and Pratik Jeware  said  in a new report. First advertised on online hacking forums for $100 at the start of the month, it is still a work in progress, with the malware authors planning to add features to capture data from Apple's Safari browser and the Notes app. In its current form, MacStealer is designed to extract iCloud Keychain data, passwords and credit card information from browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Brave. It al

SYS01stealer: New Threat Using Facebook Ads to Target Critical Infrastructure Firms

SYS01stealer: New Threat Using Facebook Ads to Target Critical Infrastructure Firms
Mar 07, 2023 Data Safety / Cyber Threat
Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a new information stealer dubbed SYS01stealer targeting critical government infrastructure employees, manufacturing companies, and other sectors since November 2022. "The threat actors behind the campaign are targeting Facebook business accounts by using Google ads and fake Facebook profiles that promote things like games, adult content, and cracked software, etc. to lure victims into downloading a malicious file," Morphisec said in a report shared with The Hacker News. "The attack is designed to steal sensitive information, including login data, cookies, and Facebook ad and business account information." The Israeli cybersecurity company said the campaign was initially tied to a financially motivated cybercriminal operation  dubbed Ducktail  by Zscaler. However, WithSecure, which  first documented  the Ducktail activity cluster in July 2022, said the  two intrusion sets  are different from one another, indicating ho

Researchers Discover Numerous Samples of Information Stealer 'Stealc' in the Wild

Researchers Discover Numerous Samples of Information Stealer 'Stealc' in the Wild
Feb 21, 2023 Cyber Threat Intelligence
A new information stealer called  Stealc  that's being advertised on the dark web could emerge as a worthy competitor to other malware of its ilk. "The threat actor presents Stealc as a fully featured and ready-to-use stealer, whose development relied on  Vidar ,  Raccoon ,  Mars , and  RedLine  stealers," SEKOIA  said  in a Monday report. The French cybersecurity company said it  discovered   more than   40 Stealc samples  distributed in the wild and 35 active command-and-control (C2) servers, suggesting that the malware is already gaining traction among criminal groups. Stealc, first marketed by an actor named Plymouth on the XSS and BHF Russian-speaking underground forums on January 9, 2023, is written in C and comes with capabilities to steal data from web browsers, crypto wallets, email clients, and messaging apps. The malware-as-a-service (MaaS) also boasts of a "customizable" file grabber that allows its buyers to tailor the module to siphon files o

Italian Users Warned of Malware Attack Targeting Sensitive Information

Italian Users Warned of Malware Attack Targeting Sensitive Information
Jan 10, 2023 Cyber Threat / Data Security
A new malware campaign has been observed targeting Italy with phishing emails designed to deploy an information stealer on compromised Windows systems. "The info-stealer malware steals sensitive information like system info, crypto wallet and browser histories, cookies, and credentials of crypto wallets from victim machines," Uptycs security researcher Karthickkumar Kathiresan  said  in a report. Details of the campaign were first  disclosed  by Milan-based IT services firm SI.net last month. The multi-stage infection sequence commences with an invoice-themed phishing email containing a link that, when clicked, downloads a password-protected ZIP archive file, which harbors two files: A shortcut (.LNK) file and a batch (.BAT) file. Irrespective of which file is launched, the attack chain remains the same, as opening the shortcut file fetches the same batch script designed to install the information stealer payload from a GitHub repository. This is achieved by leveraging

Prynt Stealer Contains a Backdoor to Steal Victims' Data Stolen by Other Cybercriminals

Prynt Stealer Contains a Backdoor to Steal Victims' Data Stolen by Other Cybercriminals
Sep 02, 2022
Researchers discovered a private Telegram channel-based backdoor in the information stealing malware, dubbed Prynt Stealer , which its developer added with the intention of secretly stealing a copy of victims' exfiltrated data when used by other cybercriminals. "While this untrustworthy behavior is nothing new in the world of cybercrime, the victims' data end up in the hands of multiple threat actors, increasing the risks of one or more large scale attacks to follow," Zscaler ThreatLabz researchers Atinderpal Singh and Brett Stone-Gross  said  in a new report. Prynt Stealer, which  came to light  earlier this April, comes with capabilities to log keystrokes, steal credentials from web browsers, and siphon data from Discord and Telegram. It's sold for $100 for a one-month license and $900 for a lifetime subscription. The cybersecurity firm analysis of Prynt Stealer shows that its codebase is derived from two other open source malware families,  AsyncRAT  and 

SmokeLoader Infecting Targeted Systems with Amadey Info-Stealing Malware

SmokeLoader Infecting Targeted Systems with Amadey Info-Stealing Malware
Jul 26, 2022
An information-stealing malware called Amadey is being distributed by means of another backdoor called SmokeLoader. The attacks hinge on tricking users into downloading SmokeLoader that masquerades as software cracks, paving the way for the deployment of Amadey, researchers from the AhnLab Security Emergency Response Center (ASEC)  said  in a report published last week. Amadey , a botnet that  first appeared  around October 2018 on Russian underground forums for $600, is equipped to siphon credentials, capture screenshots, system metadata, and even information about antivirus engines and additional malware installed on an infected machine. While a feature improvement spotted last July by Walmart Global Tech  incorporated  functionality for harvesting data from Mikrotik routers and Microsoft Outlook, the toolset has since been upgraded to capture information from FileZilla, Pidgin, Total Commander FTP Client, RealVNC, TightVNC, TigerVNC, and WinSCP. Its main goal, however, is to

New YTStealer Malware Aims to Hijack Accounts of YouTube Content Creators

New YTStealer Malware Aims to Hijack Accounts of YouTube Content Creators
Jun 29, 2022
Cybersecurity researchers have documented a new information-stealing malware that targets YouTube content creators by plundering their authentication cookies. Dubbed "YTStealer" by Intezer, the malicious tool is likely believed to be sold as a service on the dark web, with it distributed using fake installers that also drop RedLine Stealer and Vidar. "What sets YTStealer aside from other stealers sold on the dark web market is that it is solely focused on harvesting credentials for one single service instead of grabbing everything it can get ahold of," security researcher Joakim Kennedy said in a report shared with The Hacker News. The malware's modus operandi, however, mirrors its counterparts in that it extracts the cookie information from the web browser's database files in the user's profile folder. The reasoning given behind targeting content creators is that it uses one of the installed browsers on the infected machine to gather YouTube channe

Researchers warn of FFDroider and Lightning info-stealers targeting users in the wild

Researchers warn of FFDroider and Lightning info-stealers targeting users in the wild
Apr 11, 2022
Cybersecurity researchers are warning of two different information-stealing malware, named  FFDroider  and  Lightning Stealer , that are capable of siphoning data and launching further attacks. "Designed to send stolen credentials and cookies to a Command & Control server, FFDroider disguises itself on victim's machines to look like the instant messaging application 'Telegram,'" Zscaler ThreatLabz researchers Avinash Kumar and Niraj Shivtarkar  said  in a report published last week. Information stealers, as the name implies, are equipped to harvest sensitive information from compromised machines, such as keystrokes, screenshots, files, saved passwords and cookies from web browsers, that are then transmitted to a remote attacker-controlled domain.  FFDroider is distributed through cracked versions of installers and freeware with the primary objective of stealing cookies and credentials associated with popular social media and e-commerce platforms and using
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