Predator the Thief

Predator the Thief is an information stealer, meaning that it is a malware that steals data from infected systems. This virus can access the camera and spy on victims, steal passwords and login information as well as retrieve payment data from cryptocurrency wallets.

Type
Stealer
Origin
ex-USSR
First seen
1 July, 2018
Last seen
15 October, 2020
Global rank
21
Week rank
24
Month rank
31
IOCs
3841

What is Predator the Thief?

Predator the Thief is an information stealer type malware — a virus used by attackers to collect information from infected machines. Predator trojan can steal passwords, information from crypto wallets, access the camera to collect visuals of a machine owner and more.

Like a lot of other malware from this class, Predator the Thief is a somewhat basic program that hasn’t changed much since it’s the first version that was developed by a user named Alexuiop1337 around July of 2018. Bearing this in mind, this malware does not pose a significant threat to most corporations with adequate cybersecurity measures but can devastate careless private users.

General description of Predator the Thief

Researchers believe that Predator the Thief was developed by Russian speaking malware actors as it mostly appears for sale on Russian forums where the malware could be obtained for a ridiculously low price of around $30. At the moment of publication, the price has risen to $150. With every purchase clients obtain a builder and everything they need to host attacks. Malware authors themselves are known to distribute the builder but haven’t been witnessed generating any direct attacks.

The malware was first promoted by an individual with an alias “Alexuiop1337” who is still actively spreading information about the virus. However, at one point he has taken up another name — “Kongress_nlt”. There is also a known telegram user “sett9” who is affiliated with the operation and could be the “Kongress_nlt” himself. It is known that “sett9” is active on Telegram. Furthermore, one can follow the latest news concerning Predator on a dedicated telegram channel “@PredatorSoftwareChannel”, which lists all updates to the malware.

And the authors do in fact frequently update the malware and introduce new functions as well as undetectable samples to avoid discovery. In addition, they are willing to set up backend administration cabinets for clients for an extra fee. Notably one of the updates has reworked the code from the ground up to make Predator what they call “fileless”. This means that when running, the malware doesn’t leave any files on an infected machine, making it that much more difficult to detect it. This allows the stealer to operate stealthily under the hood of a clueless victim and inflict more damage over time as more and more potentially sensitive data is getting stolen.

When it comes to data-stealing, concerning browsers Predator the Thief focuses mainly on Chrome, Opera and Firefox-based programs and uses “industry-standard” techniques to do its job. The malware can also mess with wallets for the following cryptocurrency:

  • Ethereum
  • Multibit
  • Electrum
  • Armory
  • Bytecoin
  • Bitcoin
  • And others…

As well as pull data from Filezilla and WInFTP. Another trick that predator has up its sleeve is an anti-VM check that instantly terminates the execution if the malware detects that it is being launched on a Virtual Machine. This feature is there to complicate the analysis as much as possible and slow down research.

However, despite these functions and although Predator can steal data from a good number of sources, it is still considered a relatively primitive malware compared to some of the other stealers out there. Not surprisingly for its well affordable price. However, while the punch that it packs may not be enough to shatter the defense of most modern large scale corporations, small businesses and individuals can still suffer serious damage from Predator attacks.

Predator the Thief malware analysis

A video recorded in the ANY.RUN malware hunting service displays the execution process of Predator the Thief, allowing to examine it in a convenient and safe environment.

process graph of predator the thief execution

Figure 1: Displays the dynamic graph of processes generated by the ANY.RUN malware analyzing service.

text report of the predator the thief analysis

Figure 2: Even more information about the execution of malware can be found in this customizable text report generated by ANY.RUN.

Predator the Thief execution process

Predator's execution process is quite simple and straightforward. After the stealer starts execution it instantly begins stealing information from the system. Stolen information is then being written into files which are later compressed into a single archive. After that Predator sends the compressed file to its Command And Control server. After the file is sent malware terminates the execution and sometimes deletes itself.

Distribution of Predator the Thief

Predator trojan gets into the machines of its victims disguised as a harmless document. It may enter the machine in a .ZIP file which contains an executable disguised as a document or useful program with a name that tricks the potential victim into interacting with it.

In other cases, the malware utilizes the vulnerability in the UNACEV2.dll library of WinRAR. In this case, the victim is being presented with multiple .PNG the goal of which is to hide the fact that malicious file is placed in the startup folder which will be executed with the next system reboot or launch. Also, a common method of Predator The Thief distribution is through links to legitimate websites such as cdn.discordapp.com, raw.githubusercontent.com, and others.

How to detect Predator the Thief using ANY.RUN?

Some malware creates files in which it named itself. Often you can find such info about Predator the Thief using ANY.RUN's "Static Discovering". Open either "Files" tab in the lower part of the task's window or click on the process and then on the button "More Info" in the appeared window. After that, all you need to do is just click on the "Information.txt" file.

predator the thief static discovering

Figure 3: Static discovering of the file "Information.txt" created by Predator the Thief

Summary

Predator the Thief may not be the most complex information stealer on the planet. It is also one of the cheapest options currently on the market. Despite that, the authors of this malicious program show a strong dedication to their business and spend a lot of time and energy producing meaningful updates, marketing their creation in underground communities and providing set-up services, building admin panels upon request. This above all leads to the fact that Predator is becoming not only more and more popular stealer, but also dangerously accessible.

Bearing in mind that most attack vectors involved documents structured around business topics, this puts small company owners at the biggest risk, since cyber defense is sometimes lacking in smaller companies.

To help the situation and make this threat less dangerous, cybersecurity researchers can use the tools that ANY.RUN malware hunting service provides to professionals and students to crack the code of Predator the Thief. ANY.RUN streamlines the malware analysis process and enables to complete research projects faster and more efficiently without compromising the quality of results. Hopefully, together we will mitigate the threat posed by Predator and other similar information stealers.

IOCs

IP addresses
46.249.62.245
177.55.116.76
199.59.242.153
178.208.83.43
141.8.192.151
68.65.122.52
185.212.130.9
141.8.193.236
95.211.16.66
81.177.135.41
81.177.140.32
81.177.135.12
92.53.96.237
5.101.152.246
5.79.66.145
5.23.50.132
141.8.197.42
185.178.208.182
37.48.72.4
81.177.135.171
Hashes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smtp.siqanalytical.com
ddos.dnsnb8.net
isns.net
avheaven.icu
onzcda.com
majul.com
ww1.gmai.com
66d5a675.ngrok.io
tcp.ngrok.io
www.worldforumdisrupt.com
elx01.knas.systems
bookstower.com
krupskaya.com
m-onetrading-jp.com
thuocnam.tk
qxq.ddns.net
img.rating-widget.com
rating-widget.com
secure.rating-widget.com
www.sharebutton.co

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