Malvertising Campaign Targets IT Pros with RATs Disguised as Popular Utilities

April 11, 2024
Malvertising Campaign Targets IT Pros with RATs Disguised as Popular Utilities
  • Security experts at Malwarebytes have discovered a malvertising campaign targeting IT administrators using ads for popular utilities like PuTTY and FileZilla.

  • The campaign distributes various types of malware, including RATs and infostealers, by tricking users into downloading fake versions of legitimate software.

  • Attackers use copycat websites and misleading ads on search engines to distribute Nitrogen malware, which can lead to data theft and ransomware deployment.

  • Despite efforts to alert Google, malicious ads continue to appear, employing fake domains and deceptive text to lure victims.

  • As a deceptive ploy, the campaign uses a 'Rickroll' video to redirect users when the setup is incomplete or detects undesirable traffic.

  • The malware employs DLL Sideloading within an executable file to load Nitrogen, complicating detection and removal.

  • The article emphasizes the growing concern over malvertising and the distribution of malware on Google's platforms, urging for more effective countermeasures.

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