Google ads push BumbleBee malware used by ransomware gangs


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The enterprise-targeting Bumblebee malware is distributed through Google Ads and SEO poisoning that promote popular software like Zoom, Cisco AnyConnect, ChatGPT, and Citrix Workspace.

Bumblebee is a malware loader discovered in April 2022, thought to have been developed by the Conti team as a replacement for the BazarLoader backdoor, used for gaining initial access to networks and conducting ransomware attacks.

In September 2022, a new version of the malware loader was observed in the wild, featuring a stealthier attack chain that used the PowerSploit framework for reflective DLL injection into memory.

Researchers at Secureworks have recently discovered a new campaign using Google advertisements that promote trojanized versions of popular apps to deliver the malware loader to unsuspecting victims.

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