Qualys discovered evidence of a database dump containing 418,777 records obtained by exploiting SQL injection flaws with a new malware campaign.
The new campaign used sensitive information stolen from a bank as a lure in phishing emails to drop a remote access trojan known as BitRAT.
BitRAT is a well-known remote access trojan (RAT) that is sold on underground cybercrime web markets and forums. Its $20 price tag for lifetime access makes it irresistible to cybercriminals and aids in the spread of the malicious payload.
Furthermore, because BitRAT can be used in a variety of operations, such as trojanized software, phishing, and watering hole attacks, each buyer’s modus operandi makes it even more difficult to stop.
Over 400,000 data points, including identification numbers, names, phone numbers, and payment records, are used to persuade people to click on a malicious link. This installs BitRAT, a powerful malware that spies on users, installs cryptomining software, and can steal credentials.
The hacking gang behind the campaign is currently unknown, but they are thought to have breached the IT infrastructure of a Colombian cooperative bank using SQL injection flaws. This is a common technique in which hackers manipulate a database to generate an error message that allows them to learn about the database’s structure.
According to Qualys, the data does not appear to have been used or shared elsewhere, implying that it was stolen specifically for the scam.
The sources for this piece include an article in TheHackerNews.