Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Threat Intelligence

4/29/2020
02:20 PM
50%
50%

Microsoft Warns of Malware Hidden in Pirated Film Files

An active campaign inserts malicious VBScript into ZIP files posing as downloads for "John Wick 3," "Contagion," and other popular movies.

Microsoft researchers have detected an active malware campaign in which attackers embed a malicious payload into files bundled with pirated movies including "John Wick 3," "Contagion," and other popular films. The threat has reached at least tens of thousands of people in Spain, Mexico, and South America.

Attackers hide a malicious VBScript in the same ZIP folder as a movie download, Microsoft Security Intelligence wrote in a Twitter thread. These ZIP files have names including "contagio-1080p," "John_Wick_3_Parabellum," "Punales_por_la_espalda_BluRay_1080p," as well as Spanish titles like "La_hija_de_un_ladron" and "Lo-dejo-cuando-quiera." When someone clicks on one of these ZIP files, a VBScript is launched that runs a command to download more components, including an AutoIT script. This decodes a second-stage DLL, which aims to inject coin-mining code directly into memory. 

It's unclear who is behind the campaign, which began to appear in bootleg film files on April 11, CyberScoop reports. Microsoft says the use of torrent downloads is consistent with observations that indicate attackers are reusing old techniques to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. With more people staying at home to stop the spread of COVID-19, attackers are using popular movies as bait. It seems the focus here is distribution in Spain and Spanish-speaking countries such as Mexico and Chile; attackers don't seem to be hitting US film pirates with this campaign.

Read more details here.

A listing of free products and services compiled for Dark Reading by Omdia analysts to help meet the challenges of COVID-19. 

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio
 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/6/2020
Another COVID-19 Side Effect: Rising Nation-State Cyber Activity
Stephen Ward, VP, ThreatConnect,  7/1/2020
Lessons from COVID-19 Cyberattacks: Where Do We Go Next?
Derek Manky, Chief of Security Insights and Global Threat Alliances, FortiGuard Labs,  7/2/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-15600
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
An issue was discovered in CMSUno before 1.6.1. uno.php allows CSRF to change the admin password.
CVE-2020-15599
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
Victor CMS through 2019-02-28 allows XSS via the register.php user_firstname or user_lastname field.
CVE-2020-8916
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
A memory leak in Openthread's wpantund versions up to commit 0e5d1601febb869f583e944785e5685c6c747be7, when used in an environment where wpanctl is directly interfacing with the control driver (eg: debug environments) can allow an attacker to crash the service (DoS). We recommend updating, or to res...
CVE-2020-12821
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
Gossipsub 1.0 does not properly resist invalid message spam, such as an eclipse attack or a sybil attack.
CVE-2020-15008
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-07
A SQLi exists in the probe code of all Connectwise Automate versions before 2020.7 or 2019.12. A SQL Injection in the probe implementation to save data to a custom table exists due to inadequate server side validation. As the code creates dynamic SQL for the insert statement and utilizes the user su...