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Beware FakeBat Malware Spread by Hackers in MSIX Installer Files

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TLDR:

  • Cybercriminals are distributing a new strain of malware called FakeBat through MSIX installer files.
  • They are impersonating popular software brands to trick users into downloading the malicious installers.

Cybercriminals have been distributing a new strain of malware, dubbed FakeBat, by exploiting the trust in MSIX installer files. This alarming trend has raised concerns as it involves masquerading as legitimate software applications, including popular productivity tools like Notion, Trello, Brevos, and OneNote. The attackers have cleverly designed their campaign to impersonate well-known software brands, thereby increasing the likelihood of users downloading and executing the malicious installers. By leveraging the reputation of these trusted names, the cybercriminals aim to bypass the natural skepticism that users might have towards unknown sources.

To further evade detection, the malvertisements have utilized URL shorteners, a common tactic for hiding the true destination of the links and making them appear less suspicious to potential victims. Once clicked, these links lead to downloading MSIX files containing obfuscated PowerShell scripts. These scripts are designed to be complex and challenging to analyze, allowing malware to bypass basic security measures and initiate the infection process.

To protect yourself from such threats, it is crucial to maintain a robust security posture: always download software from official sources or directly from the vendor’s website, be wary of advertisements offering free downloads of paid software, keep your antivirus software current to benefit from the latest protection mechanisms, and educate yourself and others about the latest tactics used by cybercriminals.

Source: Cyber Security News

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