There is no honor among thieves. Even after some ransomware gangs claimed to seize targeting the healthcare sector, attacks continue to happen. But ransomware isn't alone. Last week, the FBI updated an advisory regarding the Kwampirs malware, pointing out the healthcare sector as one of its targets. Kwampirs isn't picky in its targeting. It has been observed going after various sectors (financial, energy, software supply chain, and healthcare, among others). One differentiator of Kwampirs is its modular structure. After penetrating a particular target network, the malware will load appropriate modules based on the targets it encounters. In general terms, Kwampirs is a "Remote Admin Tool" (RAT). It provides access to the target and can be used to execute additional payloads at the attacker's choosing.
The modular nature makes it difficult to enumerate the capabilities of the tool. Likely, addons are developed continuously as new capabilities are required to penetrate a particular network.
Kwampirs exhibits several behaviors that put it in the "Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)" category:
Kwampirs will likely enter your network undetected as part of a software update from a trusted vendor. Anti-malware solutions will detect past versions. But do not put too much trust in anti-malware to detect the next version that is likely tailored to your organization.
There are a few indicators that have been observed in the past, and it is certainly important to verify your network that you are not already infected. See the prior FBI bulletins for more details and Yara signatures.
But of course, this behavior is going to change. For future versions of this (and other threats), it is useful to abstract these signatures:
Check for new services popping up in your network. Do not look just for specific names like "WmiApSrvEx", but investigate any service that you haven't see before
If you find anything interesting, please let us know. Refer to the FBI advisories I uploaded here for more detailed IOCs.
Mar 31st 2020
Mar 31st 2020
6 months ago