Memes in Twitter can be used to inject Malware

This new malware uses Twitter to deploy Remote Access Tojans (RATs) from a image. The malware can infect vulnerable computers and collect information, take screenshots and jump to other computers to infect them as well.

Trend Micro said in their Blog Post that the malware listens for commands within the the hackers twitter account . The researchers found two tweets that are used to hide a “/print” command in the image which told the malware to take a screenshot of an infected computer. The malware then separately obtains the address where its command and control server is located from a Pastebin post, which directs the malware where to send the screenshots .

Malware’s code showing the Pastebin URL
Malware’s code showing the Pastebin URL

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