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
11 January, 2021
Global rank
21
Week rank
23
Month rank
28
IOCs
3928

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
199.59.242.153
185.22.155.46
185.22.155.46
141.8.192.151
192.99.1.185
185.178.208.142
141.8.193.236
141.8.194.74
103.224.212.222
185.26.122.20
81.177.135.41
81.177.141.231
92.119.113.140
5.79.66.145
185.178.208.184
185.212.130.9
185.178.208.182
81.177.141.223
141.8.197.42
185.22.155.42
Hashes
3279e4790191b9c9306b8c6870d6e6d4d1990f33b6b1b1e44876f32d9fad83fa
453005576c7edbfdfbd0e0b96d3acaba53fcdab6b0dda0f18375ea898bdbbfd4
2f1af29df7e0104b363d1d5f905fd978eca948151d55334753e1540f6217ac95
824d880a5331a14827c549b6277e57dbdf55cbbcf63ea6f9ee47c788258cd313
b6c563486ade09fbe672d8acb34736fee2b36d217df5ea1d4e3c6bf07dc375c4
ddb32192db103ecf44fdbe3e0cf4da8d61853bd90b46ec3721b6760edec8fbeb
3f9a83afb95b22057fe64588af8cc3a4f463615dedfb56f4077fa8bbd7607a9f
ffb99bb263054241d6d3c9330ea911a3b596b3f0d1146cd5c09df2652a3a8da8
35296aa729a0a7ffb94e8141ef9de20315f88412d1c68dbb81fbae5fa871f914
515fedd3b73d5e818bf55cb918c9788e1f89b4e8c185a90dcb5b66b38c87c17f
860388a45eed8c7baeb4cf3b3af742222e060da5723a7e6724d5b6b22f43c697
c063d617f9dbbb3a9951bdcd24876dc72d912cf3e15bc7c6c7f24bb72ea42d62
ee36ed5f99897a9a56fea264b68f89a3b08973717096a0476412a319caef1f80
bed98e332bbf3ff7d12b69a046b58858cfd74f921e1ce745735f99dbcced564a
10bac68c574a31c82189c809fd25f9fdd16e8c5e05a3d380da057412133e348f
4aaf32a9593e3fff90d2fc26e766549d044d89d8a473534c94c94925b1678dad
84f6fd5103bfa97b8479af5a6db82100149167690502bb0231e6832fc463af13
ebbf1f05b4ebc687893c9989688b139424d0fe6242ab490c7282b7bd6299c187
efdf1d319d87cb0504d0ffa401d67f74f28dda9dd7356fc5b7c33fea3c7afb43
633970833d46041f7d2765343f08dc7037860d26f60f3291988823fd7f342948
Domains
onzcda.com
u3162920n7.ha003.t.justns.ru
u4642627gu.ha003.t.justns.ru
u4594226ci.ha003.t.justns.ru
u4461223c9.ha003.t.justns.ru
u4349620jx.ha003.t.justns.ru
u4515824k4.ha003.t.justns.ru
majul.com
isns.net
spotitfy.com
virustotal.co
lysyfyj.com
stealled.rf.gd
ww1.creditseame.com
www.thegrayshadow.com
ww1.virginmedcia.com
ww25.deceptiveengineering.com
iassist.tech
ww1.allsaversconnect.com
ww7.senzav.us

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