RIG exploit kit distributes Princess ransomware [source: malwarebytes]
by CIRT Team
We have identified a new drive-by download campaign that distributes the Princess ransomware (AKA PrincessLocker), leveraging compromised websites and the RIG exploit kit. This is somewhat of a change for those tracking malvertising campaigns and their payloads.
We had analyzed the PrincessLocker ransomware last November and pointed out that despite similarities with Cerber’s onion page, the actual code was much different. A new payment page seemed to have been seen in underground forums and is now being used with attacks in the wild.
From hacked site to RIG EK
We are not so accustomed to witnessing compromised websites pushing exploit kits these days. Indeed, some campaigns have been replaced with tech support scams instead and overall most drive-by activity comes from legitimate publishers and malvertising.
Yet, here we observed an iframe injection which redirected from the hacked site to a temporary gate distinct from the well-known “Seamless gate” which has been dropping copious amounts of the Ramnit Trojan
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