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ISC Stormcast For Wednesday, November 13th 2019

An example of malspam pushing Lokibot malware, November 2019

Published: 2019-11-13
Last Updated: 2019-11-13 01:11:37 UTC
by Brad Duncan (Version: 1)
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I posted two diaries last year (2018) about Lokibot malware (sometimes spelled "Loki-bot").  One was in June 2018 and one was in December 2018.  It's been a while, so I wanted to share a recent example that came to my blog's admin email on Tuesday 2019-11-12.

The email

You can get a copy of the sanitized email from this Any.Run link.

Shown above:  A copy of the email opened in Thunderbird.

The attachment was a RAR archive (link) and the RAR archive contained a Windows executable file disguised as a PDF document (link).

Shown above:  The attached RAR archive and the extracted Windows executable file.

The infection traffic

Infection traffic is easily detectable by signatures from the EmergingThreats Open ruleset.

Shown above:  Traffic from an infection filtered in Wireshark.

Shown above:  TCP stream from one of the HTTP requests caused by my sample of Lokibot malware.

Shown above:  EmergingThreats alerts from an Any.Run sandbox analysis of the Windows executable file.

Post-infection forensics on an infected Windows host

I was able to infect a Windows 10 host in my lab environment, and Lokibot made itself persistent through the Windows registry.

Shown above:  Lokibot on an infected Windows host.

Shown above:  Windows registry update caused by Lokibot to stay persistent.

Final words

SHA256 hash of the email:

SHA256 hash of the attached RAR archive:

SHA256 hash of the extracted Windows executable file (Lokibot malware):

Brad Duncan
brad [at]

Keywords: exe lokibot malspam
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