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Qbot Likes to Move It, Move It!

Qbot injected into many processes but one favorite in this intrusion, was Microsoft Remote Assistance (msra.exe). Within minutes of landing on the beachhead, a series of discovery commands were executed using Microsoft utilities. Around the same time, LSASS was access by Qbot to collect credentials from memory.

Thirty minutes after initial access, Qbot was observed collecting data from the beachhead host including browser data and emails from Outlook. At around 50 minutes into the infection, the beachhead host copied a Qbot dll to an adjacent workstation, which was then executed by remotely creating a service. Minutes later, the beachhead host did the same thing to another adjacent workstation and then another, and before we knew it, all workstations in the environment were compromised.

Qbot followed it’s normal process on each machine. Servers were not accessed in this intrusion. After this activity, normal beaconing occurred but no further actions on objectives were seen.


QBot infection was delivered to the system via a malspam campaign through a hidden 4.0 Macro’s in Excel.

Researchers believe this is the xls file that lead to the Qbot infection, due to the overlap in time period, download url, and file name.






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