Researchers at Microsoft uncovered a malicious campaign that delivers the infamous FlawedAmmyy RAT directly in memory.
Experts at Microsoft uncovered a malicious campaign that delivers the FlawedAmmyy RAT directly in memory.
The FlawedAMMYY backdoor borrows the code of the Ammyy Admin remote access Trojan, it allows attackers to get full access to a victim’s machine. FlawedAmmyy RAT allows stealing sensitive data from infected systems and exfiltrating files.
FlawedAmmyy Remote Access Trojan was involved in attacks carried out by the threat actors tracked as TA505.
Microsoft observed weaponized spam messages using .xls attachments with content in Korean. The macro included in the documents executes the legitimate msiexec.exe tool that downloads an MSI archive.
The MSI archive includes a digitally signed executable that decrypts and execute another executable in memory once it is opened.
“This executable then downloads and decrypts another file, wsus.exe, which was also digitally signed on June 19. wsus.exe decrypts and runs the final payload directly in memory. The final payload is the remote access Trojan FlawedAmmyy,” reads a Tweet published by Microsoft Security Intelligence.
One of the samples involved in this campaign, detected on June 22, was digitally signed using a certificate issued by Thawte for Dream Body Limited.
In May, experts at Yoroi-Cybaze Z-Lab observed a spike in the number of attacks against the banking sector and spotted a new email stealer used by the TA505 hacker group.
Earlier June, researchers at Trend Micro observed the TA505 group carrying out attacks, involving the FlawedAmmyy RAT and other RATs, against users in Latin America and Asia.
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.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.