Qbot Spread Malware With Malicious MSI Windows Installer Package

Share post:

Qbot has introduced a new strategy for spreading malware payloads.

The trojan is now spreading malware through phishing emails with password-protected ZIP archive attachments that contain malicious MSI Windows installer packages.

The trojan’s previous tactic so far has been to spread malware through phishing emails containing Microsoft Office documents laced with malicious macros.

Researchers believe the new method of spreading malware is due to Microsoft’s new plans that help block the delivery of malware via VBA Office macros. The feature was introduced after Microsoft disabled Excel 4.0 (XLM) macros by default in January.

Since attackers can use malicious VBA macros embedded in Office documents to spread malware, the feature introduced by Microsoft helps to protect Office customers.

Qbot, a Windows banking trojan is used to steal bank details, personal information and financial data. It is also used to drop backdoors on compromised computers while also deploying Cobalt Strike beacons.

The sources for this piece include an article in BleepingComputer.


Related articles

Cyber Security Today, June 21, 2024 – US to ban Kaspersky for businesses, consumers

U.S. to ban the sale of Kaspersky products to consumers and businesses. Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It's Friday...

Biden administration to ban US sales of Kaspersky software over ties to Russia

The Biden administration is set to announce a ban on the sale of Kaspersky Lab's antivirus software in...

Target’s new AI is aimed at employees

Target is introducing a new generative artificial intelligence tool aimed at enhancing the efficiency of its store employees...

Security bug may allow anyone to spoof Microsoft employee emails

A security researcher claims to have discovered a bug that enables anyone to impersonate Microsoft corporate email accounts,...

Become a member

New, Relevant Tech Stories. Our article selection is done by industry professionals. Our writers summarize them to give you the key takeaways