Sport: Trickbot celebrates comeback – PressFrom – US

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The Trickbot malware is back with a new campaign – just months after its operations were halted by an coalition of cybersecurity and technology companies led by Microsoft .

Originally started as a banking Trojan, Trickbot became a very popular form of malware among cyber criminals, especially because its modular nature allowed many different types of attacks. These include credential theft and the ability to spread across the network and further spread the infection.

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Trickbot even became a loader for other forms of malware. Cyber ​​criminals have already used computers compromised by Trickbot to transmit other malicious user data, including ransomware.

In October last year, the infrastructure behind the Trickbot malware botnet was stopped by an action taken by Microsoft. Now, however, the botnet seems to have come back to life, as Menlo Security researchers have identified an ongoing malware campaign that has the characteristics of previous Trickbot activity.

These attacks appear to be targeted exclusively at legal and insurance companies in North America at the moment. Phishing emails ask potential victims to click a link that redirects them to a server that is downloading a malicious payload.

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Many of these emails claim the user was involved in a traffic violation and alert them to downloading the “evidence” of the offense – a social engineering trick that can take people off guard and panic, so that they perform the download. In this case, the download is a zip archive that contains a malicious Javascript file – a typical technique used by Trickbot campaigns – that connects to a server to download the final malware payload.

Analysis of this payload shows that it is connecting to domains known for the proliferation of Trickbot malware, suggesting that it is active again and could pose a threat to corporate networks.

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way. That saying certainly applies to the evil actors behind Trickbot’s operations, ”said Vinay Pidathala, director of security research at Menlo Security. “While the actions taken by Microsoft and its partners are commendable and trickbot activity has been reduced to a trickle, threat actors seem motivated enough to resume operations and take advantage of the current threat landscape,” he added.

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A recommendation from the UK’s National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) on Trickbot advises companies to use the latest supported versions of operating systems and software and to apply security patches to prevent Trickbot and other malware from exploiting known vulnerabilities for distribution.

It is also recommended that companies use two-factor authentication throughout the network so that malware cannot spread further in the event that a computer is compromised.

The Trickbot example shows how difficult it is to permanently switch off malware networks. Unfortunately, Emotet is also expected to make a comeback soon. The Kelihos botnet even survived three takedown attempts, was rebuilt from the ground up and is still working.

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