Hackers abuse Windows error service in fileless malware attack

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An unknown hacking group injected malicious code within the legitimate Windows Error Reporting (WER) service to evade detection as part of a fileless malware attack as discovered by Malwarebytes researchers last month.

Exploiting the WER service in attacks for defense evasion is not a new tactic but, as Malwarebytes Threat Intelligence Team researchers Hossein Jazi and Jérôme Segura said, this campaign is most likely the work of a yet unknown cyber espionage group.

"The threat actors compromised a website to host its payload and used the CactusTorch framework to perform a fileless attack followed by several anti-analysis techniques," the report, shared in advance with BleepingComputer, explains.

The attack was first observed on September 17 after the researchers spotted phishing emails containing a malicious document encased in a ZIP archive.
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Full report by researchers: Release the Kraken: Fileless APT attack abuses Windows Error Reporting service - Malwarebytes Labs
 
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