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InnfiRAT Trojan steals funds from Bitcoin and Litecoin wallets

Researchers at Zscaler have spotted a new malware dubbed InnfiRAT that infects victims’ systems to steal cryptocurrency wallet data. 

Researchers at Zscaler have discovered a new Trojan dubbed InnfiRAT that implements many standard Trojan capabilities along with the ability to steal cryptocurrency wallet data. 

“As with just about every piece of malware, InnfiRAT is designed to access and steal personal information on a user’s computer.” states a blog post published by Zscaler. “Among other things, InnfiRAT is written to look for cryptocurrency wallet information, such as Bitcoin and Litecoin. InnfiRAT also grabs browser cookies to steal stored usernames and passwords, as well as session data.”

Upon execution, the malware initially checks whether the file is executing from %AppData% directory or not with the name NvidiaDriver.exe. The malware then checks for network connectivity by making a request to “iplogger[.]com/1HEt47,” and records all the running processes in an array to check whether any of them is running with the name NvidiaDriver.exe. If it finds one of the processes running with this name, it kills that process and waits for an exit.

The malicious code will make a copy of itself in the AppData directory before writing a Base64 encoded PE file in memory to execute the main component of the Trojan. 

As the execution of the malware starts, it checks for the presence of virtualized environment that could be used by researchers to analyze the threat. If the malware is not running in a sandbox it will contact the command-and-control (C2) server, transfer the information stolen form the machine, and await further commands.

The InnfiRAT Trojan can also deploy additional payloads to steal files, capture browser cookies to harvest stored credentials for various online services and grab open sessions. The malware is also able to shut down traditional antivirus processes.

InnfiRAT scans the machine for files associated with Bitcoin (BTC) and Litecoin (LTC) wallets (Litecoin: %AppData%\Litecoin\wallet.dat,
Bitcoin%AppData%\Bitcoin\wallet.dat), if they are present, the malicious code siphons existing data in the attempt of stealing the victims’ funds.

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“Because RATs are usually downloaded as a result of a user opening an email attachment or downloading an application that has been infected, the first line of defense is often the users who must, as always, refrain from downloading programs or opening attachments that aren’t from a trusted source.” concludes the researchers.

Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – InnfiRAT, hacking)

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The Guardian view on cybercrime: the law must be enforced | Editorial

Governments and police must take crime on the internet seriously. It is where we all live now

About half of all property crime in the developed world now takes place online. When so much of our lives, and almost all of our money, have been digitised, this is not surprising – but it has some surprising consequences. For one thing, the decline in reported property crimes trumpeted by successive British governments between 2005 and 2015 turns out to have been an illusion. Because banks were not required to report fraud to the police after 2005, they often didn’t. It would have made both banks and police look bad to have all that crime known and nothing done about it. The cost of the resulting ignorance was paid by the rest of government, and by the public, too, deprived of accurate and reliable knowledge. Since then, the total number of property crimes reported has risen from about 6m to 11m a year as the figures have taken computerised crime into account.

The indirect costs to society are very much higher than the hundreds of millions that individuals lose. One example is the proliferation of plagiarism software online, which developed an entire industry in poor, English-speaking countries like Kenya, serving idle or ignorant students in England and North America. The effort required by schools and universities to guard against such fraud has been considerable, and its cost entirely disproportionate to the gains made by the perpetrators.

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