Gootkit RAT Using SEO to Distribute Malware Through Compromised Sites

A framework notorious for delivering a banking Trojan has received a facelift to deploy a wider range of malware, including ransomware payloads.

“The Gootkit malware family has been around more than half a decade – a mature Trojan with functionality centered around banking credential theft,” Sophos researchers Gabor Szappanos and Andrew Brandt said in a write-up published today.

“In recent years, almost as much effort has gone into improvement of its delivery method as has gone into the NodeJS-based malware itself.”

Dubbed “Gootloader,” the expanded malware delivery system comes amid a surge in the number of infections targeting users in France, Germany, South Korea, and the U.S.

First documented in 2014, Gootkit is a Javascript-based malware platform capable of carrying out an array of covert activities, including web injection, capturing keystrokes, taking screenshots, recording videos, as well as email and password theft.

Over the years, the cybercrime tool has evolved to gain new information-stealing features, with the Gootkit loader repurposed in combination with REvil/Sodinokibi ransomware infections reported last year.

While campaigns using social engineering tricks…

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