Malware Information

DAGON LOCKER Ransomware Being Distributed

It was discovered that the DAGON LOCKER ransomware (hereinafter referred to as “DAGON”) is being distributed in Korea. It was first found through AhnLab ASD infrastructure’s suspicious ransomware behavior block history. In October, it was also reported to AhnLab as a suspicious file by a Korean organization. DAGON is commonly distributed through phishing mails or as an attachment to emails, but because it is a ransomware-as-a-service, the distribution route and target can vary according to the threat actor. As the…

A Dropper-Type Malware Bomb Being Distributed Again in the Disguise of Cracks

The dropper malware which camouflaged itself as a crack is being actively distributed again after a period of dormancy. When this malware is executed, the affected system becomes infected with numerous malware programs simultaneously. This is effectively a malware “bomb.” Malware disguised as cracks for commercial software have been prevalent, which were either distributed in a “singular malware” format or “dropper malware” format. The ASEC analysis team is closely monitoring such malware distribution activities and has covered them multiple times…

Magniber Ransomware Attempts to Bypass MOTW (Mark of the Web)

The ASEC analysis team uploaded a post on October 25th to inform the users of the changes that have been made to the Magniber ransomware. Magniber, which is still actively being distributed, has undergone many changes to evade the detection of anti-malware software. Out of these changes, this blog will cover the script format found from September 8th to September 29th, 2022, which bypassed Mark of the Web (MOTW), a feature offered by Microsoft that identifies the source of files….

Emotet Being Distributed Again via Excel Files After 6 Months

Over multiple blog posts, the ASEC analysis team has released information on the distribution of Emotet which had been modified in many different ways. It has recently been identified that the Emotet malware has become active again. Around six months have elapsed since the last active distribution. This post will examine the differences between the current Excel file and the one that had been distributed in the past. The common characteristics include the fact that it is distributed through an…

HackHound IRC Bot Being Distributed via Webhards

Webhards are the main platforms that the attackers targeting Korean users exploit to distribute malware. The ASEC analysis team has been monitoring malware types distributed through webhards and uploaded multiple blog posts about them in the past. Generally, attackers distribute malware through illegal programs such as adult games and crack versions of games. Those who use webhards as a distribution path typically install RAT type malware such as njRAT, UdpRAT, and DDoS IRC Bot. As shown in the cases covered…