DarkGate Operator Uses Skype, Teams Messages to Distribute Malware

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A threat actor is using compromised Skype and Microsoft Teams accounts to distribute DarkGate, a troublesome loader associated with multiple malicious activities, including information theft, keylogging, cryptocurrency miners, and ransomware such as Black Basta.

Forty-one percent of the targets of the campaign — which appears to have begun in August — are organizations in the Americas, according to researchers at Trend Micro who are tracking the activity.

In a report this week, Trend Micro also said its researchers had observed the developer of DarkGate begin to advertise the malware on underground forums and renting it out on a malware-as-a-service basis to affiliate threat actors. The pivot, after years of going it alone, has resulted in a recent surge in DarkGate activity after a relative lull.
 

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