We recently discovered malicious Microsoft Software Installation (MSI) files that download and execute other files, and could bypass traditional security solutions. Malicious actors can abuse custom actions in these files to execute malicious scripts and drop malware that are either capable of initiating a system shutdown or targeting financial systems located in certain locations.Read More
We analyzed a malicious Monero miner using multiple methods for propagation and infection to systems and vulnerable databases. While initially found infecting systems in China beginning of the year, the malware is expanding to other countries with more infiltration techniques like EternalBlue and PowerShell abuse.Read More
We explored possible strategies attackers can employ when abusing PowerShell Core. These proofs of concept (PoCs) would help in better understanding — and in turn, detecting and preventing — the common routines and behaviors of possible and future threats that attackers might use. The PoCs we developed using PowerShell Core were conducted on Windows, Linux, and mac OSs. Most of the techniques we applied can be seen from previous threats involving PowerShell-based functionalities, such as the fileless KOVTER and POWMET. The scenarios in our PoCs are also based on the PowerShell function they use.Read More
Trend Micro recently saw increased abuse of the internet query file IQY, similar to the activity detected in June from a Necurs-distributed spam wave that delivered the FlawedAmmyy RAT. It appears cybercriminals are taking advantage of the simple structure of IQY files because they can be used to evade structure-based detection methods.
Our latest observation found the Cutwail botnet distributing spam mails abusing IQY files. The spam campaign specifically targets users in Japan, delivering either the BEBLOH (detected by Trend Micro as TSPY_BEBLOH.YMNPV) or URSNIF (TSPY_URSNIF.TIBAIDO) malware. The spam mails attempt to trick users into clicking the attachment using conventional social engineering baits such as “payment,” “photos sent,” “photos attached,” and “please confirm,” among others. The campaign’s activity was detected on August 6, 2018, and has managed to distribute approximately 500,000 spam mails. The spam distribution has since died down on August 9.Read More