GravityRAT malware also targets Android and macOSSecurity Affairs

GravityRAT malware also targets Android and macOSSecurity Affairs


Researchers noticed new variants of the Home windows GravityRAT spyware and adware that now may infect Android and macOS units.

Researchers from Kaspersky Lab have noticed new variants of the GravityRAT malware that now will be additionally used to contaminate Android and macOS units.

GravityRAT is a malware pressure recognized for checking the CPU temperature of Home windows computer systems to keep away from being executed in sandboxes and digital machines.

The GravityRAT malware Entry Trojan (RAT) is believed to be the work of Pakistani hacker teams, it’s beneath growth at the very least since 2015.

“As we speak, Cisco Talos is uncovering a brand new piece of malware, which has remained beneath the radar for the previous two years [since 2015] whereas it continues to be developed.” reads an evaluation revealed by Cisco Talos that noticed the malware again in 2017 when it was utilized by an APT group focusing on India.

The pattern analyzed by Kaspersky final 12 months is ready to infect macOS and Android units, in contrast to previous variants that had been centered on Home windows.

Crooks additionally began utilizing digital signatures to make the apps look extra professional.

The malware researchers discovered the brand new Android GravityRAT pattern in 2019, on VirusTotal. The hackers had added a spy module to Journey Mate, an Android app for vacationers to India, the supply code of which is accessible on Github.

GravityRAT malware also targets Android and macOSSecurity Affairs

The contaminated app is ready to steal contacts, emails, and paperwork from the contaminated gadget, then ship them again to the command-and-control server (nortonupdates[.]on-line). The C&C server was additionally related to different two malicious apps (Enigma and Titanium) focusing on the Home windows and macOS platforms.

The spyware and adware is ready to get details about the system and help a number of options, together with:

  • seek for information on the pc and detachable disks with the extensions .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .odt, .odp, and .ods, and add them to the server
  • get a listing of operating processes
  • intercept keystrokes
  • take screenshots
  • execute arbitrary shell instructions
  • document audio (not carried out on this model)
  • scan ports

The malware was distributed by way of purposes that clone professional apps that act as downloader for the GravityRAT payloads.

The purposes analyzed by Kaspersky had been developed in .NET, Python and Electron framework, they obtain persistence by including a scheduled process.

The researchers reported that the malware was employed in roughly 100 profitable assaults between 2015 and 2018. The listing of targets consists of workers at protection, police, and different departments and organizations.

Menace actors tricked the victims into putting in a malicious app disguised as a safe messenger as a way to proceed the dialog, the attackers contacted the victims by a pretend Fb account. The attackers seemingly despatched to the victims obtain hyperlinks.

“It’s secure to imagine that the present GravityRAT marketing campaign makes use of comparable an infection strategies — focused people are despatched hyperlinks pointing to malicious apps.” concludes Kaspersky.

“The principle modification seen within the new GravityRAT marketing campaign is multiplatformity: in addition to Home windows, there at the moment are variations for Android and macOS. The cybercriminals additionally began utilizing digital signatures to make the apps look extra professional.”

Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, GravityRAT)



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