Right after the Venezuelan presidential elections cybercriminals
launched a new credential stealing malware joined by a social
engineering campaign saying that supposedly the last election was a
fraud. The name of the malicious file is “listas-fraude-electoral.pdf.exe
” which is translates
to “Fraud elections lists” and it spread via a fake Globovision
Venezuelan news TV station.
The mentioned malware is quite simple and it sets out to disable the
system, which allows
the criminals to run administrative commands under restricted users
/v EnableLUA /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
Another action it takes is to redirect DNS requests from the
infected machines to 5 different Venezuelan banks to a malicious
host that allows it to steal online banking credentials.
One of the interesting aspects of this malware is that it also
steals credentials from a Venezuelan Government employees Web site
called “Comision de Administracion de Divisas” (The Commission of
Currency Administration). www.cadivi.gob.ve
This is an interesting “feature” because it’s strictly related to
Venezuelan history. In 2003 the Government of Venezuela decided to
create a special
called CADIVI in order to prevent currency leaks
from the country. Nowadays a Venezuelan citizen when travelling
abroad has to ask for an authorized amount of currency he/she can
spend out of the country. This number is limited to a series of
regulations and specific rules such as the number of days that will
be spent in a foreign country, the destination and so on. The
the final amount in each particular case.
Being that this malware is quite simple and also targeting only
Venezuelan banks and CADIVI, we can strongly assume that the
cybercriminals who produced it are from Venezuela too. Kaspersky
Antivirus detects this threat as Trojan.Win32.Agent.uael and the
current infections map looks like this:
The current VirusTotal detection is 17 from 44 anti-virus engines.
Thanks to my mate Kurt
providing the sample.