Molerats APT Makes a Comeback Now Leveraging NimbleMamba Malware
Using an Intelligence-gathering Trojan, Threat Actors Are Deploying a Malicious Campaign.
Molerats APT group also dubbed TA402 returns by leading a new reportedly cyberespionage campaign that employs NimbleMamba malware.
NimbleMamba Malware Leveraged in New Malicious Campaign
A report has been recently published by the Proofpoint researchers on a new email phishing campaign. According to them, various foreign-policy think tanks, Middle Eastern governments, and a state-affiliated airline are targeted.
The threat actors are using this time a malware called NimbleMamba described as a trojan that collects intelligence and is distributed by means of phishing lures. Besides, the experts also noticed the usage of a secondary payload dubbed BrittleBush.
Three types of emails were employed in this malicious campaign, posing as emails from Dropbox, UGG boots, and Quora. The timeframe these were delivered indicates November 2021 and January 2022. In one of the malicious emails, hackers made use of a Gmail account, however, a shift happened as they further used Dropbox URLs to spread compromised .rar files encompassing NimbleMamba malware.
NimbleMamba’s configuration is retrieved from a paste on the website JustPasteIt. NimbleMamba takes the current timestamp from an online real-time service to ensure that the timestamp matches the current time. Some computers may have modified time settings and this method ensures that the time is standardized across infections. (..) NimbleMamba has the traditional capabilities of an intelligence-gathering trojan and is likely designed to be the initial access. Functionalities include capturing screenshots and obtaining process information from the computer. Additionally, it can detect user interaction, such as looking for mouse movement.
The researchers also shared a diagram displaying the attack chain in the timeframe mentioned above.
NimbleMamba Similar to LastConn
What’s also interesting to mention is the reportedly noticeable similarity of NimbleMamba with LastConn, another threat initially reported during the month of June last year, according to Cyware.
Similarities between the two types of malware include that they are both written in C#, base64 encoding within the C2 framework. Besides, for the C2 communication, a Dropbox API is made use of. However, the researchers also noticed a code overlap between them.
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