Author: Joshua Paul Ignacio   

 

N/A

 PLATFORM:

Windows

 OVER ALL RISK RATING:
 DAMAGE POTENTIAL:
 DISTRIBUTION POTENTIAL:
 REPORTED INFECTION:
 INFORMATION EXPOSURE
Low
Medium
High
Critical

  • Threat Type:
    Trojan

  • Destructiveness:
    No

  • Encrypted:
    No

  • In the wild:
    Yes

  OVERVIEW

INFECTION CHANNEL: Dropped by other malware, Downloaded from the Internet

This POWLOAD variant is seen distributed via spam. The spam campaign is in Italian and lures users to click by using COVID-19 in its subject.

This Trojan arrives on a system as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting malicious sites.

  TECHNICAL DETAILS

File size: 10,638 bytes
File type: PS1
Memory resident: No
INITIAL SAMPLES RECEIVED DATE: 10 March 2020
PAYLOAD: Connects to URLs/IPs, Steals information

Arrival Details

This Trojan arrives on a system as a file dropped by other malware or as a file downloaded unknowingly by users when visiting malicious sites.

Installation

This Trojan drops the following files:

  • %User Temp%\{String1}\{String2}

(Note: %User Temp% is the current user's Temp folder, which is usually C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Local Settings\Temp on Windows 2000(32-bit), XP, and Server 2003(32-bit), or C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Local\Temp on Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 2008(64-bit), 2012(64-bit) and 10(64-bit).)

Information Theft

This Trojan gathers the following data:

  • Machine GUID

Other Details

This Trojan does the following:

  • where:
    • String1
      • any of the following directories found on %User Temp%
    • String2
      • any of the following filename of the files found on %User Temp%
  • It attempts to connect to an unknown malicious site.
  • However, URL is not specified.

(Note: %User Temp% is the current user's Temp folder, which is usually C:\Documents and Settings\{user name}\Local Settings\Temp on Windows 2000(32-bit), XP, and Server 2003(32-bit), or C:\Users\{user name}\AppData\Local\Temp on Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 2008(64-bit), 2012(64-bit) and 10(64-bit).)

  SOLUTION

Minimum scan engine: 9.850
First VSAPI Pattern File: 15.736.04
First VSAPI Pattern Release Date: 11 March 2020
VSAPI OPR PATTERN-VERSION: 15.737.00
VSAPI OPR PATTERN DATE: 12 March 2020

Step 1

Before doing any scans, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 users must disable System Restore to allow full scanning of their computers.

Step 2

Note that not all files, folders, and registry keys and entries are installed on your computer during this malware's/spyware's/grayware's execution. This may be due to incomplete installation or other operating system conditions. If you do not find the same files/folders/registry information, please proceed to the next step.

Step 3

Search and delete this file

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  • %User Temp%\{String1}\{String2}

Step 4

Scan your computer with your Trend Micro product to delete files detected as Trojan.PS1.POWLOAD.JKP. If the detected files have already been cleaned, deleted, or quarantined by your Trend Micro product, no further step is required. You may opt to simply delete the quarantined files. Please check the following Trend Micro Support pages for more information:


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