Malware News Bing ad posing as NordVPN aims to spread SecTopRAT malware


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A Bing advertisement designed to look like a link to install NordVPN was found to lead to an installer for the remote access trojan SecTopRAT.

Malwarebytes Labs discovered the malvertising campaign on Thursday, with the domain name used for the malicious ad having been created just a day earlier. The URL (nordivpn[.]xyz) was designed to look like a legitimate NordVPN domain. The ad link redirected to a website with another typosquatted URL (besthord-vpn[.]com) and a replica of the real NordVPN website.

The download button on the fraudulent website led to a Dropbox containing the installer NordVPNSetup.exe. This executable included both a real NordVPN installer and a malware payload that is injected into MSBuild.exe and connects to the attacker’s command-and-control (C2) server.

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Never download unless from official sources, even then, scan the download at VT of hybrid analysis. Just as this ad, could have been right clicked, copy link address and verified before clicking.

Social engineering is the most prevalent route of infection. Users want to stay safer in this digital world, its time to become aware.

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