The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a new security advisory warning federal agencies and the private sector of a surge in the attacks employing the LokiBot malware since July 2020.
The Agency’s EINSTEIN Intrusion Detection System has detected persistent malicious activity associated with the LokiBot malware.
“CISA has observed a notable increase in the use of LokiBot malware by malicious cyber actors since July 2020. Throughout this period, CISA’s EINSTEIN Intrusion Detection System, which protects federal, civilian executive branch networks, has detected persistent malicious LokiBot activity.” reads the CISA’s advisory.
The Lokibot malware has been active since 2015, it is an infostealer that was involved in many malspam campaigns aimed at harvest credentials from web browsers, email clients, admin tools and that was also used to target cryptocoin-wallet owners.
The malware is able to steal sensitive information (a variety of credentials, including FTP credentials, stored email passwords, passwords stored in the browser, as well as a whole host of other credentials)
The original LokiBot malware was developed and sold by online by a hacker who goes online by the alias “lokistov,” (aka Carter).
The malicious code was initially advertised on many hacking forums for up to $300, later other threat actors started offering it for less than $80 in the cybercrime underground.
Across time, the author of the threat implemented new features such as real-time key-logging to capture keystrokes, desktop screenshot and functionalities.
The CISA LokiBot advisory includes detection signatures and mitigation recommendations for LokiBot attacks.
Below the list of mitigations:
(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Norway)