Stealth CrossRAT malware targets Windows, MacOS, and Linux systems[source: securityaffairs]
The popular former NSA hacker Patrick Wardle published a detailed analysis of the CrossRAT malware used by Dark Caracal for surveillance.
Last week a joint report published by security firm Lookout and digital civil rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation detailed the activity of a long-running hacking group linked to the Beirut Government and tracked as Dark Caracal. The hacking campaigns conducted by Dark Caracal leverage a custom Android malware included in fake versions of secure messaging apps like Signal and WhatsApp.
The report detailed a new strain of cross-platform malware tracked as CrossRAT (version 0.1), it is remote access Trojan that can infect systems based on Windows, Solaris, Linux, and macOS.
The malware implements classic RAT features, such as taking screenshots and running arbitrary commands on the infected systems.
At the time of its discovery, the malware was not detected by almost all the anti-virus software (only two out of 58).
The Dark Caracal attack chain implemented relies primarily on social engineering, the hackers used messages sent to the victims via Facebook group and WhatsApp messages. At a high-level, the hackers have designed three different kinds of phishing messages to trick victims into visiting a compromised website, a typical watering hole attack.
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