Alert: New Phishing Attack Delivers Keylogger Disguised as Bank Payment Notice


A new phishing campaign has been observed leveraging a novel loader malware to deliver an information stealer and keylogger called Agent Tesla.

Trustwave SpiderLabs said it identified a phishing email bearing this attack chain on March 8, 2024. The message masquerades as a bank payment notification, urging the user to open an archive file attachment.

The archive (“Bank Handlowy w Warszawie – dowód wpłaty_pdf.tar.gz”) conceals a malicious loader that activates the procedure to deploy Agent Tesla on the compromised host.

“This loader then used obfuscation to evade detection and leveraged polymorphic behavior with complex decryption methods,” security researcher Bernard Bautista said in a Tuesday analysis.

“The loader also exhibited the capability to bypass antivirus defenses and retrieved its payload using specific URLs and user agents leveraging proxies to further obfuscate traffic.”

The tactic of embedding malware within seemingly benign files is a tactic that has been repeatedly employed by threat actors to trick unsuspecting victims into triggering the infection sequence.

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