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Hackers Attack Users With Malware Using Underground Call Centres

 

BazarLoader malware actors have started working with underground call centres to fool targets of their spamming campaign by making them open corrupted Office files and corrupting their devices with malware. It's not the first time when underground call centres and the hacking group have come up to work together, however, it's the first time when the likes of the BazarLoader gang, a major Malware distributer, have used this technique on such a massive scale. 

How it took place?

The recent attacks have been very unique from the general malware scenario of today, the attackers have their own identities, normally known as BazaCall or BazarCall, the reason being they depend upon telephone calls to conduct their infiltration. Currently, the attack techniques that these hackers use are simple and yet effective. The group (BazarLoader) initiates the malware campaign by sending spam campaigns to specific targets. To attract the attention of the users, the email baits the victims through offers, subscriptions, free trials, etc. 

The email also consists of details for users to call a specific number that is mentioned in the mail to know more about the offer. If the victim dials the mentioned number, they are redirected to a call centre, here, a supposed operator tells directs the victim into downloading an office file, tells the user to disable the office security features, and run an excel or word file which allows hackers to run macros (automated scripts), that is used to download and install the malware in victims' device. Thanks to cybersecurity expert Brad Duncan, the phone recordings of one of the call centres involved are available. 

Targets include high profile accounts 

A cybersecurity expert that goes by the name Analyst said that these attack campaigns started in January 2021. The analyst is the same person that termed the attack as BazarCall, says that most of the targets use .edu or corporate email address, never target home users that use free emails like Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail. The Record reports, "the security researcher says the classic endgame for these attacks is to infect corporate networks, where the BazarLoader malware can then turn around and rent access to ransomware gangs, such as the Ryuk crew, with which they’ve collaborated before.

Hackers use BazarCall Malware to Infect Victims

 

The most current strategy for tainting your PC is astoundingly antiquated: It utilizes a telephone call. Online researchers are documenting a new malware campaign that they've named "BazarCall." One of its primary malware "payloads" is the BazarLoader remote-access Trojan, which can give a hacker full authority over your PC and be utilized to install more malware. 

In the same way as other malware campaigns, BazarCall begins with a phishing email but from that point goes amiss to a novel distribution method - utilizing phone call centers to circulate pernicious Excel documents that install malware. Rather than bundling attachments with the email, BazarCall emails brief clients to call a telephone number to cancel a subscription before they are naturally charged. These call centres would then direct clients to a specially crafted website to download a "cancellation form" that installs the BazarCall malware. 

All BazarCall assaults begin with a phishing email targeting corporate clients that express the recipient's free trial is about to run out. Be that as it may, these emails don't give any insights about the supposed subscription. The emails at that point brief the client to contact a listed telephone number to cancel the subscription before they are charged $69.99 to $89.99 for a renewal. While the greater part of the emails seen by BleepingComputer has been from a fictitious company named "Medical reminder service, Inc.", the emails have additionally utilized other phony organization names, for example, 'iMed Service, Inc.', 'Blue Cart Service, Inc.', and 'iMers, Inc.' 

All these emails use similar subjects, for example, "Thank you for using your free trial" or "Your free trial period is almost over!" Security researcher ExecuteMalware has put together a more broad list of email subjects utilized by this assault. At the point when a recipient calls the listed telephone number, they will be set on a short hold and afterward be welcomed by a live individual. When asked for more data or how to cancel the subscription, the call center agent asks the victim for a unique customer ID enclosed in the email.

Randy Pargman, Vice President of Threat Hunting and Counterintelligence at Binary Defense, disclosed to BleepingComputer that this unique customer ID is a core component of the assault and is utilized by the call center to decide whether the caller is a targeted victim.