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
17 January, 2020
Global rank
18
Week rank
8
Month rank
8
IOCs
1639

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
49.51.136.157
141.8.194.149
141.8.195.60
178.208.83.9
188.40.73.26
81.177.6.114
5.79.66.145
37.48.72.4
92.63.197.238
95.211.16.66
95.216.43.177
185.178.208.189
81.177.140.34
81.177.135.112
185.50.25.37
5.182.210.246
141.8.192.151
5.101.152.246
81.177.135.111
81.177.135.111
Hashes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isfjiaaodwsoi.com
a0359074.xsph.ru
majul.com
needmine.mcdir.ru
paulmcnagets.ru
jordan9908.ru
ucfcstealler.ml
dead.o-test.ru
help.o-test.ru
delphi2010.ru
std.miss-bdsm.mcdir.ru
skype.miss-bdsm.mcdir.ru
xn----7sbgabghd2ayi0aefcbyqeje.xn--p1ai
xn--80a2aca.xn--p1ai
xn----8sbbr8a2br.xn--p1ai
hammm.mcdir.ru
isns.net
054-235-2465.com
3053-325-43-253.com
324-23-32432.com

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