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
28 February, 2020
Global rank
18
Week rank
12
Month rank
14
IOCs
1845

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
92.63.192.216
5.79.66.145
178.208.83.7
81.177.141.71
185.222.202.76
5.101.152.246
185.212.130.9
141.8.192.151
185.212.130.7
81.177.141.51
81.177.141.73
141.8.194.74
192.99.1.185
81.177.140.54
141.8.195.60
217.107.219.142
194.15.36.14
81.177.135.112
81.177.140.211
104.28.5.21
Hashes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5341e8cd.ngrok.io
66da64b1.ngrok.io
66d5a675.ngrok.io
smtp.siqanalytical.com
thuocnam.tk
majul.com
m-onetrading-jp.com
krupskaya.com
isns.net
www.hackme.wtf
bestwalletapiandroid.world
homeporno228.com
1471d7ee.ngrok.io
8947de0b.ngrok.io
mikeservers.eu
omabradley.ru
batlxt.org
qxq.ddns.net
elx01.knas.systems
f0232447.xsph.ru

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