Beware the Smuggler’s Trap: New Malware Campaign Hijacks Google Sites to Steal Your Info with AZORult Payload

Beware the bogus Google Sites pages! Cyber crooks are HTML smuggling – think digital contraband – to push AZORult malware. It’s like a cyber version of “hide and seek,” except losing means your info gets swiped and sold to shadowy figures. Don’t get played; stay alert! #CyberSecurityScams

Hot Take:

Just when you thought your online shenanigans were safe, think again! Cybersecurity researchers have popped the hood on a sneaky new malware campaign that’s using fake Google Sites pages and some digital sleight of hand known as HTML smuggling. It’s like the internet’s version of a street magician – except when they say “Is this your card?” they’re actually swiping your cryptocurrency wallet. And for its grand finale? The malware, AZORult, gets a standing ovation for stealing all your juicy digital secrets. Bravo, hackers. Now get off my lawn.

Key Points:

  • Researchers discovered a new sneaky malware campaign using bogus Google Sites and HTML smuggling to spread AZORult malware.
  • AZORult, the digital pickpocket, is a malware that’s been around since 2016 and is known for stealing credentials and cryptocurrency wallet info.
  • HTML smuggling is the cyber con artistry of hiding malicious payloads in plain sight, tricking browsers into downloading the bad stuff.
  • The phishing campaign features a CAPTCHA challenge to add a fake sense of security and dodge automated URL scanners.
  • The malware uses a combination of legitimate-looking domains and advanced evasion techniques to bypass anti-malware defenses.

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Smuggle-gate: The Art of Hiding in Plain Sight

So, let's break down this digital heist. The bad guys set up a counterfeit Google Docs party and everyone's invited. Only, it's a trap! They use a technique called HTML smuggling, which is like hiding a secret message in a bottle and tossing it into the sea of internet traffic. But instead of a message, it's a nasty malware payload that slips past security guards like a ninja in the night.


The hackers added a CAPTCHA test to their fake-out Google Sites. It's like a bouncer asking for ID at a club, but instead of a club, it's a malware rave and the CAPTCHA is just there to make you feel like it’s all above board. Clever, right? Plus, it keeps those pesky automated scanners from crashing the party.

The Not-So-Great Escape

Once you've been duped into downloading the payload, the malware acts like a nefarious Matryoshka doll. It launches a shortcut file disguised as a harmless PDF, which then kicks off a cascade of scripts that ultimately execute the AZORult stealer. It's like a Russian nesting doll, but instead of cute dolls, it's layers of cyber deceit.

Under the Cybersecurity Radar

The malware is so sneaky it uses reflective code loading to avoid touching the disk and getting caught. Think of it as a burglar walking on tiptoes to avoid creaky floorboards. It also uses an AMSI bypass trick to slip past Windows Defender, much like a kid with a fake ID getting past a not-so-observant bouncer.

Malware Trendsetters

This isn't the only show in town, though. There's a whole malware fashion week going on, with other campaigns using similar techniques to spread different info-stealers like Agent Tesla and LokiBot. And just like fashion week, it's all about who can pull off the most outrageous and attention-grabbing stunt.

Drive-by Download: The Traffic Ticket Scam

Last but not least, let's not forget the cybercriminals who've decided to impersonate Colombian government agencies, sending out PDFs that accuse you of traffic violations. It's a classic "click this totally legit link" scam that ends with a RAT (Remote Access Trojan), not the cute rodent kind, taking up residence on your computer. It’s like getting a ticket to a show you never wanted to attend in the first place.

Tags: AMSI bypass techniques, Credential-Harvesting, cryptocurrency wallets, HTML smuggling, information theft, malware distribution, phishing campaigns