Saturday, December 2, 2023

Hackers Distributing Malware Via Weaponized PDF & MS Word Version of New Zealand Terror Suspect’s Manifesto

Cyber Criminals launching a new malware via weaponized PDF & MS Word Version of New Zealand terror suspect’s manifesto.

Researchers noticed 8chan, an imageboard website composed of user-created boards contains several posts that link to a manifesto, allegedly authored by the terror suspect of New Zealand terror attack.

These Manifesto contain several version of PDF and Word Documents and these documents were circulated in the underground forums since the document has gone viral on the internet.

In this case, attackers taking advantage of this manifesto propaganda to distribute a trojanized version of the manifesto Titled ‘The Great Replacement’,

Pages from the Weaponized Manifesto.

The Weaponized version of the manifesto resembles content from the original manifesto with several other future.

According to Blue Hexagon Research, “The metadata from the original manifesto states the author as the name of the alleged suspect who has been arrested in connection with the terror attack, whereas the author info in the weaponized trojan says it was created by the author ‘Maori’ (a name for the indigenous people of New Zealand). “

Weaponised PDF & MS Word Version

Once users click the malformed PDF & MS word version, an obfuscated VBA script gets executed and download the next stage of payload.-‘Haka.exe’.

The second stage of the payload is a PE file that is limited to overwriting the Master Boot Record (MBR) with a message displayed to force restart the system.

After the successful execution, the system gets restarted and displays the following massage.

Based on the attack scenario, there is no motivation behind this malware other than being disruptive. but this incident can be abused by other sophisticated malware by leveraging these weaponized documents.

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