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Cybercrime: here it comes LOTHFULMEDIA, a new dropper

CISA-CNMF cyber security experts: LOTHFULMEDIA is a new dropper, used by a sophisticated cyber actor, to deploy a RAT. Once the malware has persistance, a second file delete the dropper

LOTHFULMEDIA is a new malware used by a sophisticated cyber actor. It has been discovered by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF). The sample is a dropper, which deploys two files when executed. The first is a remote access tool (RAT) named ‘mediaplayer.exe’’, which is designed for command and control (C2) of victim computer systems. Analysis has determined the RAT has the ability to terminate processes, run arbitrary commands, take screen shots, modify the registry, and modify files on victim machines. It appears to communicate with its C2 controller via Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) over Transmission Control Protocol (TCP). The second file has a random five-character name and deletes the dropper once the RAT has persistence. Persistence is achieved through the creation of a service named “Task Frame”, which ensures the RAT is loaded after a reboot.

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