Friday, April 12, 2024

Hackers Signed Malware With Stolen Code Signing Certificate From Tech- Companies

A code signing certificate allows an application developer to sign their software before publishing to the web and the end-users can verify the author’s identity and ensure the software has not been altered.

Security researchers from ESET spotted a new malware campaign that uses stolen code Signing certificate from D-Link Corporation to make it appear like a like legitimate application.

It appears the hackers have stolen the code-signing certificate as the non-malicious D-Link software also signed with same code signing certificate. ESET notified D-Link about the signed malicious binary and the Code Signing certificate revoked on July 3, 2018.

Stolen Code Signing Certificate

Malware Signed With stolen Code Signing Certificate

According to ESET two malware using the stolen certificate, the Plead malware, a remotely controlled backdoor, and a related password stealer component.

Along with D-Link certificate, a Taiwanese security company(Changing Information Technology Inc) certificate also used in signing the malicious binaries. Changing Information Technology Inc certificate was revoked on July ‎4, ‎2017.

The signed binaries are highly obfuscated, it downloads binary blob from the remote server, which downloads the final Plead backdoor. The password stealer component stealer component is capable of collecting saved passwords from applications like Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Firefox.

According to recent investigation reports, there is a number of Underground market vendor’s selling the standard as well as the highly trusted EV codesigning certificates.

Also Read

macOS Signature Validation Flaw Allows a Malicious Code Appeared to be Signed by Apple

Bypassing and Disabling SSL Pinning on Android to Perform Man-in-the-Middle Attack

Cybercrime-as-a-Service – DDoS Attack Services Available in Dark Web Markets for $10 per Hour

Website

Latest articles

6-year-old Lighttpd Flaw Impacts Intel And Lenovo Servers

The software supply chain is filled with various challenges, such as untracked security vulnerabilities...

Hackers Employ Deepfake Technology To Impersonate as LastPass CEO

A LastPass employee recently became the target of an attempted fraud involving sophisticated audio...

Sisence Data Breach, CISA Urges To Reset Login Credentials

In response to a recent data breach at Sisense, a provider of data analytics...

DuckDuckGo Launches Privacy Pro: 3-in-1 service With VPN

DuckDuckGo has launched Privacy Pro, a new subscription service that promises to enhance user...

Cyber Attack Surge by 28%:Education Sector at High Risk

In Q1 2024, Check Point Research (CPR) witnessed a notable increase in the average...

Midnight Blizzard’s Microsoft Corporate Email Hack Threatens Federal Agencies: CISA Warns

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued an emergency directive concerning a...

Taxi App Vendor Data Leak: 300K Passengers Data Exposed

Around 300,000 taxi passengers' personal information was left exposed on the internet, causing concern...
Guru baran
Guru baranhttps://gbhackers.com
Gurubaran is a co-founder of Cyber Security News and GBHackers On Security. He has 10+ years of experience as a Security Consultant, Editor, and Analyst in cybersecurity, technology, and communications.

Top 3 SME Attack Vectors

Securing the Top 3 SME Attack Vectors

Cybercriminals are laying siege to small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) across sectors. 73% of SMEs know they were breached in 2023. The real rate could be closer to 100%.

  • Stolen credentials
  • Phishing
  • Exploitation of vulnerabilities

Related Articles