Recently, a new Windows data-stealing cyber threat developed in Rust (a complex programming language) was discovered. Ficker Stealer is the name of the malware, and it is presently being spread as malware-as-a-service (MaaS) via Russian underground forums. Malware uses different techniques to get entry into a victim’s computer, like malicious email attachments, malicious online advertisements, social engineering etc. and through malicious websites that entice potential victims to download bogus free versions of major premium programmes and services.

The threat was discovered in August of 2020, with the primary objective of stealing sensitive customer information such as credit and debit card numbers, other banking details, login passwords, cryptocurrency wallet information, browser data, and more. Another noteworthy feature of this threat is its capacity to automatically download new malware onto the infected machine without the user’s awareness.

Other potential means for this malware to spread throughout the internet include: spam email campaigns, phishing online messaging, malicious macro-based Excel file attachments, and others. This malware loader, Hancitor, then injects the Ficker Stealer into the victim’s PC. Ficker is typically sent via phishing emails with weaponized Excel documents.

By: Vyom Kaushik

Legal Intern, WCSF

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