New Koobface variant saves researchers time from analysis

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Researchers at McAfee labs monitor Koobface activities 24/7 via custom honeypots and while reviewing one such update we noticed a variant that had debug/log features. Unlike the traditional captcha breaking technique to create new accounts, this variant of the worm converts the infected machine to a bot.

When we analysed the malware trapped in our botnet, we found that this variant of Koobface has a special feature for logging all activities carried out during the infection process in a log file . Log file is created under system root with date and time stamp for eg, C:\fb_reg20090612.log.

Activities logged by the worm:

Before every entry in the log file, it queries the thread id and process id and adds it as prefix. The worm also logs the for iexplore.exe version. It then sends a query to to ensure that there is active internet connection in the system , this process is also logged as “check inet” in the log file. Once the acknowledgement for the query is received it confirms that the internet connection is available and logs this in the log file as “inet ok”.

This particular variant of Koobface worm contains an encrypted list of compromised websites. It selects a random URL on every execution and sends a query to check if it is a valid domain. Upon getting response from the site, it posts a request to that site again to download its latest variant.

Response received:



UPDATE http://[Removed]/.sys/?getexe=fb.79.exe


Koobface worm then requests for some more information from the compromised site like Login Name, Passwords, Birthday-Year, Birthday-Month, Birthday-day etc., which is used to login into Facebook account.

The screenshot clearly shows the request sent and response:

The worm saves the response received in another log file as below. It then tries to log on to the Facebook account using the logs. On successfull login it tries sending friend requests or scan friend lists. In case the credentials are not accepted, it terminates itself.

ThreadID:1664 ProcID: 1916 #BLACKLABEL

ThreadID:1664 ProcID: 1916 SOFT ADD
ThreadID:1664 ProcID: 1916 LOGIN as9:76Aipeim0fsm
ThreadID:1664 ProcID: 1916 PASS zjnez363
ThreadID:1664 ProcID: 1916 ID 20589
ThreadID:1664 ProcID: 1916 BIRTHDAY-YEAR 1975
ThreadID:1664 ProcID: 1916 BIRTHDAY-MONTH 10
ThreadID:1664 ProcID: 1916 BIRTHDAY-DAY 15
ThreadID:1664 ProcID: 1916 LOGS 1

I have observed the same behavior in Twitter as well. I suggest not to click on links and other requests from unknown users and be careful with unusual messages from friends.

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