US News Hacker targeting German users with banking malware Gootkit

15:05  01 december  2020
15:05  01 december  2020 Source:   zdnet.de

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Hacker (Bild: CNET.com) © DEFAULT_CREDIT Hacker (Image: CNET.com) The attackers find their victims using compromised websites. There, false forum posts are supposed to induce them to download malware. What is new is that the hackers are also delivering the ransomware REvil as an alternative to Gootkit.

Malwarebytes warns of a return of the banking Trojan Gootkit . Hackers are currently apparently increasingly using the malware against users in Germany. What is new is that they combine Gootkit with the ransomware REvil (Sodinokibi) in their attacks.

In the current campaign, cyber criminals use compromised websites to use social engineering to induce users to download the malware. “When analyzing the complex malware loader, we made a surprising discovery. Victims get Gootkit themselves or, in some cases, the REvil ransomware. The decision to deliver one or the other payload is made after a check by the criminal infrastructure. ”

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TheAnalyst reported on the attacks on German users in November. The CERT Bund later confirmed the return of Gootkit to . Malwarebytes finally discovered nationwide activities of the banking Trojan while evaluating telemetry data. In a few days, Malwarebytes cleaned more than 600 infected systems.

According to the researchers' analysis, the hackers used SEO techniques to present potential victims with websites tailored to them, intended to trick them into downloading a file. The websites are disguised as an Internet forum - the download is intended to solve a problem for the user or to provide the answer to a question. “This fake forum post is created dynamically when the right victim surfs the compromised website. A script removes the legitimate content of the website and adds its own content. ”

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The downloaded file in turn contains a script, the execution of which will initiate the infection of the system. It runs in several steps, whereby in addition to JavaScript, a PowerShell script and a loader based on

Microsoft .NET are used.

The researchers compare the loader to a matryoshka doll. It takes several steps to avoid detection by security software. Among other things, the actual malicious code is stored in the registry under a randomly generated key.

The researchers were unable to determine the criteria according to which the ransomware was delivered instead of Gootkit. Only one infection with REvil could be reproduced in the laboratory. Since the ransom note refers to the domain "Decryptor.top", the researchers also assume that it is an older version of REvil.

"Banking Trojans are a completely different business model than ransom Trojans," commented Malwarebytes. “The latter have really blossomed in recent years, bringing in millions of dollars for criminals, thanks in part to heavy ransom payments from high-ranking victims. We've seen banking malware turn into ransomware loaders so that the various threat actors can specialize in what they do best. Time will tell what this return of Gootkit really means and how it could develop. ”


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