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FAKEUPDATES

aka: FakeUpdate, SocGholish

FAKEUPDATES is a downloader written in JavaScript that communicates via HTTP. Supported payload types include executables and JavaScript. It writes the payloads to disk prior to launching them. FAKEUPDATES has led to further compromise via additional malware families that include CHTHONIC, DRIDEX, EMPIRE, KOADIC, DOPPELPAYMER, and AZORULT.

FAKEUPDATES has been heavily used by UNC1543,a financially motivated group.

References
2022-11-07SentinelOneAleksandar Milenkoski
@online{milenkoski:20221107:socgholish:63649b2, author = {Aleksandar Milenkoski}, title = {{SocGholish Diversifies and Expands Its Malware Staging Infrastructure to Counter Defenders}}, date = {2022-11-07}, organization = {SentinelOne}, url = {https://www.sentinelone.com/labs/socgholish-diversifies-and-expands-its-malware-staging-infrastructure-to-counter-defenders/}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-12-01} } SocGholish Diversifies and Expands Its Malware Staging Infrastructure to Counter Defenders
FAKEUPDATES
2022-10-27MicrosoftMicrosoft Security Threat Intelligence
@online{intelligence:20221027:raspberry:b6d1ce4, author = {Microsoft Security Threat Intelligence}, title = {{Raspberry Robin worm part of larger ecosystem facilitating pre-ransomware activity}}, date = {2022-10-27}, organization = {Microsoft}, url = {https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security/blog/2022/10/27/raspberry-robin-worm-part-of-larger-ecosystem-facilitating-pre-ransomware-activity/}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-11-11} } Raspberry Robin worm part of larger ecosystem facilitating pre-ransomware activity
FAKEUPDATES Fauppod Raspberry Robin Roshtyak
2022-08-19nccgroupRoss Inman
@online{inman:20220819:back:11abc41, author = {Ross Inman}, title = {{Back in Black: Unlocking a LockBit 3.0 Ransomware Attack}}, date = {2022-08-19}, organization = {nccgroup}, url = {https://research.nccgroup.com/2022/08/19/back-in-black-unlocking-a-lockbit-3-0-ransomware-attack}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-08-22} } Back in Black: Unlocking a LockBit 3.0 Ransomware Attack
FAKEUPDATES Cobalt Strike LockBit
2022-08-16SUCURIDenis Sinegubko
@online{sinegubko:20220816:socgholish:2e4f75e, author = {Denis Sinegubko}, title = {{SocGholish: 5+ Years of Massive Website Infections}}, date = {2022-08-16}, organization = {SUCURI}, url = {https://blog.sucuri.net/2022/08/socgholish-5-years-of-massive-website-infections.html}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-08-19} } SocGholish: 5+ Years of Massive Website Infections
FAKEUPDATES
2022-07-30The Hacker NewsRavie Lakshmanan
@online{lakshmanan:20220730:microsoft:0f1459e, author = {Ravie Lakshmanan}, title = {{Microsoft Links Raspberry Robin USB Worm to Russian Evil Corp Hackers}}, date = {2022-07-30}, organization = {The Hacker News}, url = {https://thehackernews.com/2022/07/microsoft-links-raspberry-robin-usb.html?_m=3n%2e009a%2e2800%2ejp0ao0cjb8%2e1shm}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-08-02} } Microsoft Links Raspberry Robin USB Worm to Russian Evil Corp Hackers
FAKEUPDATES Raspberry Robin
2022-06-13Jorge TestaJorge Testa
@online{testa:20220613:killing:36e9385, author = {Jorge Testa}, title = {{Killing The Bear - Evil Corp}}, date = {2022-06-13}, organization = {Jorge Testa}, url = {https://killingthebear.jorgetesta.tech/actors/evil-corp}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-07-01} } Killing The Bear - Evil Corp
FAKEUPDATES Babuk Blister DoppelPaymer Dridex Entropy FriedEx Hades Macaw Phoenix Locker WastedLoader WastedLocker
2022-06-08Malwarebytes LabsThreat Intelligence Team
@online{team:20220608:makemoney:a8f6163, author = {Threat Intelligence Team}, title = {{MakeMoney malvertising campaign adds fake update template}}, date = {2022-06-08}, organization = {Malwarebytes Labs}, url = {https://blog.malwarebytes.com/threat-intelligence/2022/06/makemoney-malvertising-campaign-adds-fake-update-template/}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-06-15} } MakeMoney malvertising campaign adds fake update template
FAKEUPDATES
2022-06-02MandiantMandiant Intelligence
@online{intelligence:20220602:to:e15831c, author = {Mandiant Intelligence}, title = {{To HADES and Back: UNC2165 Shifts to LOCKBIT to Evade Sanctions}}, date = {2022-06-02}, organization = {Mandiant}, url = {https://www.mandiant.com/resources/unc2165-shifts-to-evade-sanctions}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-06-04} } To HADES and Back: UNC2165 Shifts to LOCKBIT to Evade Sanctions
FAKEUPDATES Blister Cobalt Strike DoppelPaymer Dridex FriedEx Hades LockBit Macaw MimiKatz Phoenix Locker WastedLocker
2022-05-25Medium walmartglobaltechJason Reaves, Joshua Platt
@online{reaves:20220525:socgholish:f876e0e, author = {Jason Reaves and Joshua Platt}, title = {{SocGholish Campaigns and Initial Access Kit}}, date = {2022-05-25}, organization = {Medium walmartglobaltech}, url = {https://medium.com/walmartglobaltech/socgholish-campaigns-and-initial-access-kit-4c4283fea8ee}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-06-02} } SocGholish Campaigns and Initial Access Kit
FAKEUPDATES Blister Cobalt Strike NetSupportManager RAT
2022-05-09MicrosoftMicrosoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence Team, Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC)
@online{team:20220509:ransomwareasaservice:13ec472, author = {Microsoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence Team and Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC)}, title = {{Ransomware-as-a-service: Understanding the cybercrime gig economy and how to protect yourself}}, date = {2022-05-09}, organization = {Microsoft}, url = {https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/2022/05/09/ransomware-as-a-service-understanding-the-cybercrime-gig-economy-and-how-to-protect-yourself}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-05-17} } Ransomware-as-a-service: Understanding the cybercrime gig economy and how to protect yourself
AnchorDNS BlackCat BlackMatter Conti DarkSide HelloKitty Hive LockBit REvil FAKEUPDATES Griffon ATOMSILO BazarBackdoor BlackCat BlackMatter Blister Cobalt Strike Conti DarkSide Emotet FiveHands Gozi HelloKitty Hive IcedID ISFB JSSLoader LockBit LockFile Maze NightSky Pandora Phobos Phoenix Locker PhotoLoader QakBot REvil Rook Ryuk SystemBC TrickBot WastedLocker BRONZE STARLIGHT
2022-05-06Twitter (@MsftSecIntel)Microsoft Security Intelligence
@online{intelligence:20220506:twitter:7a00df8, author = {Microsoft Security Intelligence}, title = {{Twitter Thread on initial infeciton of SocGholish/ FAKEUPDATES campaigns lead to BLISTER Loader, CobaltStrike, Lockbit and followed by Hands On Keyboard activity}}, date = {2022-05-06}, organization = {Twitter (@MsftSecIntel)}, url = {https://twitter.com/MsftSecIntel/status/1522690116979855360}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-05-09} } Twitter Thread on initial infeciton of SocGholish/ FAKEUPDATES campaigns lead to BLISTER Loader, CobaltStrike, Lockbit and followed by Hands On Keyboard activity
FAKEUPDATES Blister Cobalt Strike LockBit
2022-04-25CybereasonAleksandar Milenkoski, Loïc Castel, Yonatan Gidnian
@online{milenkoski:20220425:threat:14aee4f, author = {Aleksandar Milenkoski and Loïc Castel and Yonatan Gidnian}, title = {{THREAT ANALYSIS REPORT: SocGholish and Zloader – From Fake Updates and Installers to Owning Your Systems}}, date = {2022-04-25}, organization = {Cybereason}, url = {https://www.cybereason.com/blog/threat-analysis-report-socgholish-and-zloader-from-fake-updates-and-installers-to-owning-your-systems}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-04-29} } THREAT ANALYSIS REPORT: SocGholish and Zloader – From Fake Updates and Installers to Owning Your Systems
FAKEUPDATES Zloader
2022-04-10Digital Information WorldHura Anwar
@online{anwar:20220410:threatening:784ed0e, author = {Hura Anwar}, title = {{Threatening Redirect Web Service Instills Malicious Campaigns In Over 16,500 Websites}}, date = {2022-04-10}, organization = {Digital Information World}, url = {https://www.digitalinformationworld.com/2022/04/threatening-redirect-web-service.html}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-05-05} } Threatening Redirect Web Service Instills Malicious Campaigns In Over 16,500 Websites
FAKEUPDATES
2022-04-07Avast DecodedPavel Novák, Jan Rubín
@online{novk:20220407:parrot:9c74f9b, author = {Pavel Novák and Jan Rubín}, title = {{Parrot TDS takes over web servers and threatens millions}}, date = {2022-04-07}, organization = {Avast Decoded}, url = {https://decoded.avast.io/janrubin/parrot-tds-takes-over-web-servers-and-threatens-millions/}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-04-08} } Parrot TDS takes over web servers and threatens millions
FAKEUPDATES Parrot TDS Parrot TDS WebShell NetSupportManager RAT
2022-04-05Trend MicroEarle Maui Earnshaw, Mohamed Fahmy, Ian Kenefick, Ryan Maglaque, Abdelrhman Sharshar, Lucas Silva
@online{earnshaw:20220405:thwarting:03a6217, author = {Earle Maui Earnshaw and Mohamed Fahmy and Ian Kenefick and Ryan Maglaque and Abdelrhman Sharshar and Lucas Silva}, title = {{Thwarting Loaders: From SocGholish to BLISTER’s LockBit Payload (IoCs)}}, date = {2022-04-05}, organization = {Trend Micro}, url = {https://www.trendmicro.com/content/dam/trendmicro/global/en/research/22/d/thwarting-loaders-from-socgholish-to-blisters-lockbit-payload/iocs-thwarting-loaders-socgholish-blister.txt}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-05-05} } Thwarting Loaders: From SocGholish to BLISTER’s LockBit Payload (IoCs)
FAKEUPDATES Blister LockBit
2022-04-05Trend MicroEarle Maui Earnshaw, Mohamed Fahmy, Ian Kenefick, Ryan Maglaque, Abdelrhman Sharshar, Lucas Silva
@online{earnshaw:20220405:thwarting:af5a4fd, author = {Earle Maui Earnshaw and Mohamed Fahmy and Ian Kenefick and Ryan Maglaque and Abdelrhman Sharshar and Lucas Silva}, title = {{Thwarting Loaders: From SocGholish to BLISTER’s LockBit Payload}}, date = {2022-04-05}, organization = {Trend Micro}, url = {https://www.trendmicro.com/en_us/research/22/d/Thwarting-Loaders-From-SocGholish-to-BLISTERs-LockBit-Payload.html}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-05-05} } Thwarting Loaders: From SocGholish to BLISTER’s LockBit Payload
FAKEUPDATES Blister LockBit
2022-04-04LAC WATCHTakehiko Takagen
@online{takagen:20220404:confirmation:c2fd43a, author = {Takehiko Takagen}, title = {{Confirmation of damage to domestic e-commerce sites, actual situation of Web skimming attacks and examples of countermeasures that Rack thinks (Water Pamola)}}, date = {2022-04-04}, organization = {LAC WATCH}, url = {https://www.lac.co.jp/lacwatch/report/20220407_002923.html}, language = {Japanese}, urldate = {2022-04-08} } Confirmation of damage to domestic e-commerce sites, actual situation of Web skimming attacks and examples of countermeasures that Rack thinks (Water Pamola)
FAKEUPDATES
2022-03-22Red CanaryRed Canary
@techreport{canary:20220322:2022:67c40ea, author = {Red Canary}, title = {{2022 Threat Detection Report}}, date = {2022-03-22}, institution = {Red Canary}, url = {https://resource.redcanary.com/rs/003-YRU-314/images/2022_ThreatDetectionReport_RedCanary.pdf}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-03-23} } 2022 Threat Detection Report
FAKEUPDATES Silver Sparrow BazarBackdoor Cobalt Strike GootKit Yellow Cockatoo RAT
2022-02-26MandiantMandiant
@online{mandiant:20220226:trending:a445d4a, author = {Mandiant}, title = {{TRENDING EVIL Q1 2022}}, date = {2022-02-26}, organization = {Mandiant}, url = {https://experience.mandiant.com/trending-evil/p/1}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-03-14} } TRENDING EVIL Q1 2022
KEYPLUG FAKEUPDATES GootLoader BazarBackdoor QakBot
2021-07-22ExpelKyle Pellett, Ryan Gott, Tyler Fornes, Evan Reichard
@online{pellett:20210722:incident:f7b26d9, author = {Kyle Pellett and Ryan Gott and Tyler Fornes and Evan Reichard}, title = {{Incident report: Spotting SocGholish WordPress injection}}, date = {2021-07-22}, organization = {Expel}, url = {https://expel.io/blog/incident-report-spotting-socgholish-wordpress-injection/}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-03-08} } Incident report: Spotting SocGholish WordPress injection
FAKEUPDATES
2020-12-17Menlo SecurityKrishnan Subramanian
@online{subramanian:20201217:increase:d602083, author = {Krishnan Subramanian}, title = {{Increase In Attack: SocGholish}}, date = {2020-12-17}, organization = {Menlo Security}, url = {https://www.menlosecurity.com/blog/increase-in-attack-socgholish}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-03-08} } Increase In Attack: SocGholish
FAKEUPDATES
2020-03-16MandiantKelli Vanderlee
@online{vanderlee:20200316:they:41fc7ba, author = {Kelli Vanderlee}, title = {{They Come in the Night: Ransomware Deployment Trends}}, date = {2020-03-16}, organization = {Mandiant}, url = {https://www.mandiant.com/resources/they-come-in-the-night-ransomware-deployment-trends}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-03-08} } They Come in the Night: Ransomware Deployment Trends
FAKEUPDATES
2018-04-10Malwarebytes LabsJérôme Segura
@online{segura:20180410:fakeupdates:1a86e1d, author = {Jérôme Segura}, title = {{‘FakeUpdates’ campaign leverages multiple website platforms}}, date = {2018-04-10}, organization = {Malwarebytes Labs}, url = {https://blog.malwarebytes.com/threat-analysis/2018/04/fakeupdates-campaign-leverages-multiple-website-platforms/}, language = {English}, urldate = {2022-05-04} } ‘FakeUpdates’ campaign leverages multiple website platforms
FAKEUPDATES

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