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
8 August, 2020
Global rank
21
Week rank
24
Month rank
31
IOCs
3777

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
141.8.192.151
185.26.122.20
141.8.192.58
199.59.242.153
141.8.193.236
81.177.139.242
141.8.197.42
178.208.83.9
103.224.212.222
31.220.41.16
81.177.141.73
45.95.168.70
141.8.192.31
104.31.69.253
104.24.126.234
87.236.19.57
81.177.141.81
185.212.130.9
192.64.119.216
185.178.208.189
Hashes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f0450625.xsph.ru
f0451135.xsph.ru
f0448893.xsph.ru
f0446782.xsph.ru
f0447317.xsph.ru
f0436878.xsph.ru
f0395855.xsph.ru
f0444307.xsph.ru
f0442574.xsph.ru
f0443644.xsph.ru
f0442649.xsph.ru
f0441886.xsph.ru
f0398143.xsph.ru
f0411205.xsph.ru
nebedno.ru
f0409482.xsph.ru
f0409474.xsph.ru
f0407174.xsph.ru
f0409221.xsph.ru
f0408473.xsph.ru

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