The researchers have analyzed an attachment, named “CORONAVIRUS_COVID-19.vbs,” used in a new Coronavirus phishing campaign that was designed to deliver the Netwalker Ransomware.
“The new Netwalker phishing campaign is using an attachment named “CORONAVIRUS_COVID-19.vbs” that contains an embedded Netwalker Ransomware executable and obfuscated code to extract and launch it on the computer.” reported Bleeping Computer.
Upon the execution of the script, the executable is saved to %Temp%\qeSw.exe and launched to start the encryption of the files.
The popular malware researcher Vitali Kremez who analyzed the ransomware revealed that this version of the ransomware was designed to avoid terminating the Fortinet endpoint protection client, likely to avoid detection.
The Netwalker ransomware drops a ransom note named [extension]-Readme.txt that provides the victims the instructions on how to pay the ransom via a Tor payment site.
Additional details are reported in the post published by BleepingComputer.
If you are interested in the recently discovered attacks, give a look at the timeline I have prepared:
Coronavirus-themed attacks March 15 – March 21, 2020
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
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