W4SP Stealer Stings Python Developers in Supply Chain Attack

Dark Reading

Threat actors continue to push malicious Python packages to the popular PyPI service, striking with typosquatting, authentic sounding file names, and hidden imports to fool developers and steal their information

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.


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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.

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

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.

STRRAT RAT spreads masquerading as ransomware

Security Affairs

Microsoft warns of a malware campaign that is spreading a RAT dubbed named STRRAT masquerading as ransomware. This RAT is infamous for its ransomware-like behavior of appending the file name extension.crimson to files without actually encrypting them.

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

Cuba ransomware affiliate targets Ukraine, CERT-UA warns

Security Affairs

Upon clicking the “DOWNLOAD” button, the executable file named “AcroRdrDCx642200120169_uk_UA.exe” will be downloaded to the machine. Running the above executable will decode and run the “rmtpak.dll” DLL file which is the ROMCOM RAT.

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.”

APT29 abused the Windows Credential Roaming in an attack against a diplomatic entity

Security Affairs

” The researchers discovered an Arbitrary File Write vulnerability, an attacker can exploit the issue to control the msPKIAccountCredentials LDAP attribute and add a malicious Roaming Token entry where the identifier string contains directory traversal characters.

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.

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 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.

Another Ransomware For Linux Likely In Development

Security Affairs

The Uptycs Threat Research team recently observed an Executable and Linkable Format ( ELF ) ransomware which encrypts the files inside Linux systems based on the given folder path. Once the folder path is given, it starts encrypting files present inside the folder.

China-linked Budworm APT returns to target a US entity

Security Affairs

The binary, which has the default name vf_host.exe, is usually renamed by the attackers in order to masquerade as a more innocuous file. Masqueraded names included securityhealthservice.exe, secu.exe, vfhost.exe, vxhost.exe, vx.exe, and v.exe.”

China-linked APT41 group targets Hong Kong with Spyder Loader

Security Affairs

To prevent analysis, the malware also cleans up created artifacts, overwriting the content of the dropped wlbsctrl.dll file before deleting it. China-linked threat actors APT41 (a.k.a. Winnti ) targeted organizations in Hong Kong, in some cases remaining undetected for a year.

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.

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.

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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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. .

Atlassian Confluence bug CVE-2022-26134 exploited in cryptocurrency mining campaign

Security Affairs

The script also downloads a binary file named ko, which exploits the PwnKit vulnerability to escalate the privilege to the root user, while the binary file downloads the ap.sh shell script for the next actions.

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),

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.: /./)

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.

Cisco confirms that data leaked by the Yanluowang ransomware gang were stolen from its systems

Security Affairs

“On September 11, 2022, the bad actors who previously published a list of file names from this security incident to the dark web, posted the actual contents of the same files to the same location on the dark web.

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.

Monero Cryptocurrency campaign exploits ProxyLogon flaws

Security Affairs

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

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.

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.

A 15-Year-Old Unpatched Python bug potentially impacts over 350,000 projects

Security Affairs

A user-assisted remote attacker can trigger the issue to overwrite arbitrary files via a. ”The vulnerability is a path traversal attack in the extract and extractall functions in the tarfile module that allow an attacker to overwrite arbitrary files by adding the “.”

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.