Malware News Kasseika Ransomware Using BYOVD Trick to Disarms Security Pre-Encryption

silversurfer

Level 85
Thread author
Verified
Honorary Member
Top Poster
Content Creator
Malware Hunter
Well-known
Aug 17, 2014
10,156
The ransomware group known as Kasseika has become the latest to leverage the Bring Your Own Vulnerable Driver (BYOVD) attack to disarm security-related processes on compromised Windows hosts, joining the likes of other groups like Akira, AvosLocker, BlackByte, and RobbinHood.

The tactic allows "threat actors to terminate antivirus processes and services for the deployment of ransomware," Trend Micro said in a Tuesday analysis.
 

Gandalf_The_Grey

Level 76
Verified
Honorary Member
Top Poster
Content Creator
Well-known
Apr 24, 2016
6,583
The threat actors have been observed utilizing Microsoft's Sysinternals PsExec command-line utility to execute a malicious batch script, which checks for the existence of a process named "Martini.exe," and if found, terminates it ensure there is only one instance of the process running the machine.

The executable's main responsibility is to download and run the "Martini.sys" driver from a remote server in order to disable 991 security tools. It's worth noting that "Martini.sys" is a legitimate signed driver named "viragt64.sys" that has been added to Microsoft's vulnerable driver blocklist.

"If Martini.sys does not exist, the malware will terminate itself and not proceed with its intended routine," the researchers said, indicating the crucial role played by the driver in defense evasion.
 

About us

  • MalwareTips is a community-driven platform providing the latest information and resources on malware and cyber threats. Our team of experienced professionals and passionate volunteers work to keep the internet safe and secure. We provide accurate, up-to-date information and strive to build a strong and supportive community dedicated to cybersecurity.

User Menu

Follow us

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to know first about the latest cybersecurity incidents and malware threats.

Top