Predator the Thief

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

Type
Stealer
Origin
ex-USSR
First seen
1 July, 2018
Last seen
22 July, 2021
Global rank
21
Week rank
23
Month rank
28
IOCs
4233

What is Predator the Thief?

Predator the Thief is an information stealer type malware, which attackers use 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 other malware from this class, Predator the Thief is a somewhat basic program that hasn’t changed much since it’s the first version 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 meager 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.

An individual first promoted the malware 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 and 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. This allows the stealer to operate stealthily under the hood of a clueless victim and inflict more damage over time as more potentially sensitive data is 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 of 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 many sources, it is still considered a relatively primitive malware compared to some other stealers. 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 one 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 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. When the file is sent, the 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, which is to hide the fact that the malicious file is placed in the startup folder, which will be executed with the next system reboot or launch. Also, Predator The Thief distribution is a common method 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 the "Files" tab in the lower part of the task's window or click on the process and then on the "More Info" button in the appeared window. After that, all you need to do is 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, providing set-up services, and building admin panels upon request. This above all leads to the fact that Predator is becoming a more and more popular stealer and dangerously accessible.

Bearing in mind that most attack vectors involved documents structured around business topics, small company owners are 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 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
185.26.122.20
141.8.192.151
199.59.242.153
81.177.139.231
141.8.192.58
92.119.113.140
185.50.25.15
141.8.197.42
103.224.212.222
141.8.193.236
185.50.25.39
192.64.119.216
185.178.208.182
185.27.134.112
68.65.122.52
185.50.25.35
92.53.96.228
185.50.25.55
195.161.62.135
87.236.19.139
Hashes
a62050761c16ef70abf305a79d1f45869e6ea230ed88cf21794b3f68f693b347
74664b7a4dbc5cee13601fa90f4d8de5743ab8797d3d7e78c6cfce300ae1059f
87fd931f80289615df52cc9c51c5c788d34cd7b74f55f90ee447a370c74ea51e
025d8c812eac800fef23a4e5b72d31d0a76a13b64910882d02065b6368ab1ea7
0b9f635e4fdcd604301232cbf99882303bded31ab572e692b688f10cac5677a0
6c5d7642a58d60f603a1931f20977219becef21e957641a250c272c3fab74b2d
b935689b73080cbb9e705e0e598554d1551803e405607ceeabafe763aa6f9977
73cf0383a1dc61d851478d5c12408f19a426dd6da3b347135d0d02a30b4e7545
9ea73cac6a19e97458c24aa41d11d0a259ec9e374f58c5861fca83f2984ec9fa
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7376c43230ce320552c655c6a1cdad03a4a65395f241a763758bf8f13375474b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masecologicos.com
pool.ug
majul.com
smtp.siqanalytical.com
isns.net
www.bluecubecreatives.com
onzcda.com
elx01.knas.systems
tcp.ngrok.io
ddos.dnsnb8.net
ww25.manualsdrive.com
ww25.banksantander.com
ww1.hcahranwsers.com
ww25.kphls.com
ww6.urchintelemetry.com
ww7.discountsriver.com
ww25.intranet.securitas.one
ww1.sstsjv.com
ww6.morning-yoga.com
emway.com

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