DarkGate reloaded via malvertising and SEO poisoning campaigns

In July 2023, Malwarebytes researchers observed a malvertising campaign that lured potential victims to a fraudulent site for a Windows IT management tool. Unlike previous similar attacks, the final payload was packaged differently and not immediately recognizable.

The decoy file came as an MSI installer containing an AutoIT script where the payload was obfuscated to avoid detection. Upon analysis and comparison, we determined that this sample was an updated version of DarkGate, a multi purpose malware toolkit first identified in 2018.

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Source: Malwarebytes Labs