04 January 2022
Our current theme is ransomware, focusing on scenarios where threats use live off the land (LotL) binaries and custom payloads to accomplish their objectives. The ransomware theme will contain the following kill-chains:
Linux Ransomware using Custom Tools (Current Release)
Linux Ransomware using Custom Tools - C(S)wipe
We were originally shooting to release a Windows variant of S(C)wipe but ran into compiling restraints right up to the release of this chain, so we opted to compile for Linux. We’ll release a Windows variant of this chain later on.
This week’s kill chain focuses on a different approach to ransomware for Linux machines. Instead of relying on a typical “discover and encrypt” attack path, our custom chain, written in C, delivers a (safe) attack that:
Takes a directory and reads (1-level) of files
Once the important directories are located, a custom payload drops on those directories and connects to a unique server (Spiderweb).
That connection exfiltrates each file found within those directories to the web server (Spiderweb).
Once exfiltrated, the contents of each of the files are replaced with a ransom note.
The purpose of this chain is to deliver a ransomware attack without using a traditional encryption method, therefore becoming harder to detect and presenting an alternative method to a current potential “blind spot” in defenses.
Note: we have designed this chain with two paths, one safe and one destructive. The safe path (the default) will copy each file before wiping and apply the wipe to the copy only. Removing the safe flag will allow this attack to run in the wild, and will be destructive.
You can read more about this attack on the Prelude Chains website.
You can watch a demonstration of the chain here:
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