Spyware.TrickBot

Short bio

Spyware.TrickBot is Malwarebytes’ detection name for the spyware components of Trojan.TrickBot.

Symptoms

The endpoint user will not notice any symptoms of a Trickbot infection. However, a network admin will likely see changes in traffic or attempts to reach out to blacklisted IPs and domains, as the malware will communicate with Trickbot’s command and control infrastructure to exfiltrate data and receive tasks.

Type and source of infection

Spyware.TrickBot focuses on stealing banking information.

TrickBot typically spreads via malicious spam campaigns. It can also spread laterally using the EternalBlue exploit (MS17-010).

Example malspam distributing Trickbot

Other methods of propagation include infected attachments and embedded URLs. TrickBot is also seen as a secondary infection dropped by Trojan.Emotet.

Malicious document with macro

Aftermath

Due to the way Trickbot uses the EternalBlue vulnerability to spread through a company’s network, any infected machine on the network will re-infect machines that have been previously cleaned when they rejoin the network. Therefore, IT teams need to isolate, patch, and remediate each infected system one-by-one. This can be a long and painstaking process.

Protection

Malwarebytes protects business and home users from Spyware.Trickbot with our signature-less anti-exploit technology.

 

Business remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove Trojan.TrickBot on business endpoints without further user interaction. But to be effective on networked machines, you must first follow these steps:

  1. Identify the infected machine(s).
  2. Disconnect the infected machines from the network.
  3. Patch for EternalBlue.
  4. Disable Administrative Shares.
  5. Remove the Trickbot Trojan.
  6. Change account credentials.

Identifying the infected machines

If you have unprotected endpoints/machines, you can run Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) to look for possible Indicators of Compromise (IOC). Besides verifying an infection, FRST can also be used to verify removal before bringing an endpoint/machine back into the network.

Disabling Administrative Shares

Windows server shares by default install hidden share folders specifically for administrative access to other machines. The Admin$ shares are used by Trickbot once it has brute forced the local administrator password. A file share sever has an IPC$ share that Trickbot queries to get a list of all endpoints that connect to it. These AdminIP shares are normally protected via UAC, however, Windows will allow the local administrator through with no prompt.

The most recent Trickbot variants use C$ with the Admin credentials to move around and re-infect all the other endpoints.

Repeated re-infections are an indication the worm was able to guess or brute force the administrator password successfully. Please change all local and domain administrator passwords.

It is recommended to disable these Admin$ shares via the registry, as discussed here. If you do not see this registry key, it can be added manually and set up to be disabled.

To remove the Trickbot Trojan using Malwarebytes business products, follow the instructions below.

How to remove Trojan.TrickBot with Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection

  1. Go to the Malwarebytes Cloud console.
  2. To allow you to invoke a scan while the machine is off the network, go to Settings > Policies > your policy > General.
  3. Under Endpoint Interface Options, turn ON:
    1. Show Malwarebytes icon in notification area
    2. Allow users to run a Threat Scan (all threats will be quarantined automatically)
  4. Temporarily enable Anti-Rootkit scanning for all invoked threat scans.
    Go to Settings > Policies > your policy > Endpoint Protection > Scan Options
  5. Set Scan Rootkits to ON.
    MBEP prepare scan
  6. Once the endpoint has been updated with the latest policy changes:
    1. Take the client off the network
    2. From the system tray icon, run an Anti-Rootkit threat scan.
      MBEP start scan

If you have infected machines that are not registered endpoints in Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection, you can remove Trickbot with our Breach Remediation tool (Malwarebytes Incident Response).

Home remediation

Malwarebytes can detect and remove Trojan.Trickbot without further user interaction.

  1. Please download Malwarebytes to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mb3-setup-consumer-{version}.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. Then click Finish.
  4. Once the program has fully updated, select Scan Now on the Dashboard. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  5. If another update of the definitions is available, it will be implemented before the rest of the scanning procedure.
  6. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  7. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

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