Email Campaign Spreads StrRAT Fake-Ransomware RAT


Microsoft Security discovered malicious PDFs that download Java-based StrRAT, which can steal credentials and change file names but doesn't actually encrypt.

Qakbot operations continue to evolve to avoid detection

Security Affairs

“Most recently, threat actors have transformed their techniques to evade detection by using ZIP file extensions, enticing file names with common formats, and Excel (XLM) 4.0


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Malicious file analysis – Example 01

Security Affairs

Cyber Security Specialist Zoziel Pinto Freire shows an example of malicious file analysis presented during his lecture on BSides-Vitória 2022. My objective with this series of articles is to show examples of malicious file analysis that I presented during my lecture on BSides-Vitória 2022.

Experts warn of attacks on sites using flawed Kaswara Modern WPBakery Page Builder Addons

Security Affairs

Threat actors are attempting to exploit an arbitrary file upload vulnerability tracked as CVE-2021-24284. An attacker can trigger the issue to upload malicious PHP files to a website using the vulnerable component, leading to code execution and potentially take over the site.

New DeadBolt Ransomware Targets NAT Devices

Schneier on Security

There’s a new ransomware that targets NAT devices made by QNAP: The attacks started today, January 25th, with QNAP devices suddenly finding their files encrypted and file names appended with a.deadbolt file extension.

Apple Mail Now Blocks Email Trackers

Schneier on Security

Most email newsletters you get include an invisible “image,” typically a single white pixel, with a unique file name. Apple Mail now blocks email trackers by default.

Hack of DNA website exposes data from 92M accounts

Information Management Resources

MyHeritage received a message from a researcher who unearthed a file named 'myheritage' containing email addresses and encrypted passwords of nearly all of its users on a private server outside the company. Hacking Data security Cyber security Cyber attacks

Details of the REvil Ransomware Attack

Schneier on Security

After writing a base-64-encoded payload to a file named agent.crt the dropper executed it. […]. The ransomware dropper Agent.exe is signed with a Windows-trusted certificate that uses the registrant name “PB03 TRANSPORT LTD.”

RedAlert, LILITH, and 0mega, 3 new ransomware in the wild 

Security Affairs

Cyble researchers warn of three new ransomware operations named Lilith, RedAlert and 0mega targeting organizations worldwide. Researchers from threat intelligence firm Cyble warn of new ransomware gangs that surfaced recently, named Lilith, RedAlert, and 0mega. log), swap files(.vswp),

0Patch released unofficial security patch for new DogWalk Windows zero-day

Security Affairs

The flaw is a path traversal flaw that can be exploited to save any files to any locations on the file system (in line with the permissions of the current user) before the integrity of the package is checked. diagcab files at all, so users of these services could be potential targets.

FBI published a flash alert on Mamba Ransomware attacks

Security Affairs

Mamba ransomware is one of the first malware that encrypted hard drives rather than files that was detected in public attacks. Mamba leverages a disk-level encryption strategy instead of the conventional file-based one. Payment does not guarantee files will be recovered.

Emsisoft releases free decryptor for the victims of the Diavol ransomware

Security Affairs

Cybersecurity firm Emsisoft released a free decryptor that allows the victims of the Diavol ransomware to recover their files without paying a ransom. Cybersecurity firm Emsisoft has released a free decryption tool to help Diavol ransomware victims recover their files without paying a ransom.

B1txor20 Linux botnet use DNS Tunnel and Log4J exploit

Security Affairs

The malware was first spotted on February 9, 2022, when 360Netlab’s honeypot system captured an unknown ELF file that was spreading by exploiting the Log4J vulnerability. Researchers uncovered a new Linux botnet, tracked as B1txor20, that exploits the Log4J vulnerability and DNS tunnel.

Russia-linked Armageddon APT targets Ukrainian state organizations, CERT-UA warns

Security Affairs

The messages use the HTML-file “War criminals of the Russian Federation.htm” as attachment. Upon opening the file, a RAR-archive named “Viyskovi_zlochinci_RU.rar” is created. .

Nemty ransomware “LOVE_YOU” malspam campaign

Security Affairs

“Attached to each email is a ZIP archive with a name formatted as with only the #s changing,” reads the advisory published by IBM X-Force IRIS. The ransomware deletes shadow copies of encrypted files to make in impossible any recovery procedure.

New Sophisticated Malware

Schneier on Security

Customized versions of the backdoor that use file names and creation dates that are similar to legitimate files used on a specific infected device. Mandiant is reporting on a new botnet.

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New COVID19 wiper overwrites MBR making computers unusable

Security Affairs

Upon execution, the wiper drops a series of helper files into a temporary folder, including a BAT file named “coronovirus Installer,” which is responsible for most of the setup work. The BAT file creates a hidden folder named COVID-19, then move the dropped files to it.

Korean cybersecurity agency released a free decryptor for Hive ransomware

Security Affairs

In February a team of researchers from Kookmin University (South Korea) discovered a flaw in the encryption algorithm used by Hive ransomware that allowed them to decrypt data without knowing the private key used by the gang to encrypt files.

Highly Sophisticated Malware Attacks Home and Small Office Routers

eSecurity Planet

The name “ZuoRAT” is based on the Chinese word for “left” (after the actor’s file name, “asdf.a”, which suggests a keyboard progression of the left hand).

Threat actors leverages DLL-SideLoading to spread Qakbot malware

Security Affairs

Dynamic-link library (DLL) side-loading is an attack method that takes advantage of how Microsoft Windows applications handle DLL files. In this campaign, the spam message contains an HTML file that has base64 encoded images and a password-protected ZIP file.

Night Sky, a new ransomware operation in the threat landscape

Security Affairs

Once encrypted a file, the ransomware appends the ‘ nightsky ‘ extension to encrypted file names. The gang has also set up a leak site on the Tor network where it will publish files stolen to the victims that will not pay the ransom.

Sony Bravia Smart TVs affected by a critical vulnerability

Security Affairs

“This application handles file names incorrectly when the user uploads a media file. ” The third flaw directory-traversal vulnerability tracked as CVE-2018-16594 that relates to the way the Photo Sharing Plus app handles file names. The application handles file names incorrectly when receiving a user’s input file via uploading a URL. A attacker can upload an arbitrary file with a crafted file name (e.g.: /./)

All the Things That I Learned: Imaging Project

The Texas Record

The following information is based on my experience per my assigned roles on an internship project that consisted of following a Record Management Officer’s (RMO) procedures to convert physical records to electronic, implement consistent and clear file naming systems, and properly dispose of confidential records. To follow the process, here is an example of what this could look like: Year: Name: Box: 2022 John Doe Felony 1 2014 Jane Smith Felony 1.

New Checkmate ransomware target QNAP NAS devices

Security Affairs

“Once the attacker successfully logs in to a device, they encrypt data in shared folders and leave a ransom note with the file name “!CHECKMATE_DECRYPTION_README” We have encrypted 267183 office files. Files should be no more than 15mb each.

Proactively Protecting Your Sensitive Information for Remote Workers


This strategy can help keep project files organized among team members and aid in the disposition of documents once a project has been completed. Discovering content on an employee’s workstation by examining meta-data criteria such as file name, type, or age.

Evil Corp rebrands their ransomware, this time is the Macaw Locker

Security Affairs

The Macaw Locker ransomware encrypts victims’ files and append the .macaw macaw extension to the file name of the encrypted files.

Monero Cryptocurrency campaign exploits ProxyLogon flaws

Security Affairs

“The attack begins with a PowerShell command to retrieve a file named from another compromised server’s Outlook Web Access logon path (/owa/auth).”

Avast released a free decryptor for TargetCompany ransomware

Security Affairs

Cybersecurity firm Avast has released a decryption tool to allow victims of TargetCompany ransomware to recover their files for free. ” The password cracking process is only needed once per PC, there is no need to repeat it for each file.

Threat actors leverage Microsoft Teams to spread malware

Security Affairs

In the attacks observed by the experts, threat actors inserted a.exe file called “User Centric” into a chat in an attempt to trick participants into opening it. Upon opening the executable, the malicious code will install DLL files and create shortcut links to self-administer.

GhostWriter APT targets state entities of Ukraine with Cobalt Strike Beacon 

Security Affairs

The phishing messages use a RAR-archive named “Saboteurs.rar”, which contains RAR-archive “Saboteurs 21.03.rar.” Ukraine CERT-UA warns that the Belarus-linked GhostWriter APT group is targeting state entities of Ukraine with Cobalt Strike Beacon.

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Russia-linked APT29 relies on Google Drive, Dropbox to evade detection

Security Affairs

The phishing messages included a link to a malicious HTML file ( EnvyScout ) that acted as a dropper for additional malicious payloads, including a Cobalt Strike beacon. Threat actors used it to deobfuscate the contents of a second state malware, which is in the form of a malicious ISO file.

Borat RAT, a new RAT that performs ransomware and DDoS attacks

Security Affairs

Cyble researchers discovered a new remote access trojan (RAT) named Borat capable of conducting DDoS and ransomware attacks. Researchers from threat intelligence firm Cyble discovered a new RAT, named Borat, that enables operators to gain full access and remote control of an infected system.

Avast released a free decryptor for Babuk ransomware

Security Affairs

Researchers from cybersecurity firm Avast released a decryption tool for Babuk ransomware that allows victims to recover their files for free. Cybersecurity firm Avast has released a decryption tool for Babuk ransomware that allows victims to recover their files for free.

Introducing the PhishingKitTracker

Security Affairs

Almost every file into the raw folder is malicious so I strongly recommend you to neither open these files, nor misuse the code to prank your friends. NB: Large File System Hahead. This folder is tracked by using Git Large File System since many files are bigger than 100MB.

BlackCocaine Ransomware, a new malware in the threat landscape

Security Affairs

“The WHOIS information for the domain reveals that the domain of the BlackCocaine ransomware was registered on May 28, 2021” The researchers reported that a file named a.BlackCocaine was recently submitted to different public sandboxes.

New ransomware group Hive leaks Altus group sample files

Security Affairs

On June 14th, Altus Group, a commercial real estate software solutions firm, disclosed a security breach, now Hive ransomware gang leaked its files. Files leaked online. The sample archive is password protected – but the file names and types are clearly visible.

Microsoft warns of Dexphot miner, an interesting polymorphic threat

Security Affairs

Layers of obfuscation, encryption, and the use of randomized file names hid the installation process. Polymorphic techniques involve frequently changing identifiable characteristics like file names and types, encryption keys and other artifacts.

BlackWater, a malware that uses Cloudflare Workers for C2 Communication

Security Affairs

Researchers from MalwareHunterTeam discovered a suspicious RAR file named “COVID-19-” that was being distributed online, likely through phishing emails. "Important The RAR archive contains a file named “Important – COVID-19” that displays a Word icon.

Lilith: The Latest Threat in Ransomware

eSecurity Planet

lilith” extension to rename encrypted files. Cyble adds that “upon execution, Lilith ransomware initially searches for a list of hardcoded processes in the file and terminates its execution if any of them are running on the target’s machine.”.

Iran-linked Seedworm APT targets Telecoms organizations across the Middle East and Asia

Security Affairs

A suspected ScreenConnect setup MSI appeared to have been delivered in a zipped file named “Special discount”, suggesting that it arrived in a spear-phishing email.”