Category: Lab Notes

While working on some wrapper scripts for dumping OLE VBA macros and attempting to deobfuscate them in search of downloader links, I came across an annoying, but not new, edge case – VBA macros using Excel cells to store additional code. In the past I used Philippe Lagadec’s excellent ViperMonkey

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Normally we try to allow our personalities shine through our posts, but we are living in abnormal times. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a pandemic and is affecting everyone and everything.  As if worrying about whether or not you will live or die isn’t enough, criminals began capitalizing on the worry …

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While searching through our data for any samples of our current pandemic and threat actors’ favorite theme, I came across a rather interesting sample. The email and DOC are rather simple but consistent in theme and lacking the usual spelling and grammatical errors.

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An Easy Networking Lab

We tend to go a bit overkill on everything. Building a desktop? Yeah, 64GB of RAM should suffice, you know, just in case Windows 11 comes out next week. Testing a new service in Amazon EC2? Well t3.xlarge has more than enough just enough in case of technical things I …

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All You Need Is Text

Recently I decided to go spelunking through our data in search of any rarities that we have collected. And today I will share some of these interesting specimens. None of these samples are truly unique and most of them are already well known and well documented, but this exercise can …

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Yes… another Emotet post, but they just keep on changing things up! We were having a look around our data from the Emotet botnet and came across an interesting example of the reply-chain tactic that has become the new normal for them.

As can be seen in the example above, …

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Shotgun Wedding

An email caught my eye this morning. Not because of a unique social engineering theme or a new delivery technique, but because of the sheer number of attachments, a shotgun approach to malware delivery. There were 3 RTF files with spoofed .doc and docx.doc extensions, an ARJ archive containing an …

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The Emotet botnet began sending holiday themed emails today. While this isn’t necessarily new to them, it does go to show that they are constantly experimenting with relevant themes along with their reply-chain style emails. Below are a few examples of emails that we saw cross our wires today:

Holiday
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