2023W13 Weekly report => 27/03 2K23 - 02/04 2K23 MalSpam campaigns  targeting Italy

Malware spread through the campaigns: AgentTesla, FormBook, LokiBot, Mekotio, QakBot, Ursnif

Weekly report by TG Soft's C.R.A.M concerning Italian malspam campaigns.

Below  the details of the campaigns massively spread during the week from March 27 to April 02, 2023.

In the week monitored, global campaigns dropped sharply from the previous week, with a sharp drop in those targeting Italian users.

The week was characterized by Password Stealers of the Families: AgentTesla, FormBook, LokiBot, Mekotio, QakBot and Ursnif.

The week did not see the massive distribution of Malspam to spread the Emotet malware.

The blue bar indicates the total number of campaigns monitored in Italy in each week, while the red bar concerns campaigns written in Italian (targeting Italy).

We monitored 48 campaigns this week, 7 of which used Italian as their language.

In order to understand how the various weeks are divided, below is a small table showing the breakdown of the periods considered:

from to
Week_10 06/03 12/03
Week_11 13/03 19/03
Week_12 20/03 26/03
Week_13 27/03 02/04

During the week, the peak in campaigns was found on Thursday, March 30 with 13 different campaigns. Wednesday, March 29 was found to be the peak for the Italy target with 3 campaigns, as is highlighted by the chart below:

In the following chart we see the malware families that were spread globally for each day in the week:

Instead, in this graph we see the distribution based on malware family. In the past week, 11 different families were detected:

The majority of the executable samples featured this week are MSILs (C#) covering 43.75% of the malware sent via e-mail. In second place are Win32s with 27.09%.
16.67% of the samples are Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, etc.).

In the picture below we can see the various types of languages used in malware development:

In the following graph we see the distribution of the various types of languages divided by day:


In this graph we can see the malware families that were spread with target Italy (written in Italian) in the week:

The Italian campaigns analyzed by TG Soft's C.R.A.M. were grouped according to macro categories, obtained from the subject of the email message exploited for malware distribution (malspam). Below we see the subjects used in the various campaigns divided by day and type of malware.
FormBook spread through a campaign themed "Payments".
Mekotio spread through a campaign themed"Invoices".

AgentTesla spread through a campaign themed "Quotation".

FormBook spread through a campaign themed "Shipping".
LokiBot spread through a campaign themed "Deliveries".
Ursnif spread through a campaign themed "Revenue Agency".

spread through a campaign themed "Various/Reply-Chain".

In the past week, the massive sending of MalSpam emails for the spread of the Emotet malware, was not detected.
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Check out the campaigns for the month of February/March

We invite you to check out the February and March 2023 reports to stay up-to-date on the malspam campaigns circulating in Italy:

27/03/2023 => Weekly report of Italian MalSpam campaigns from March 20, 2023 to March 26, 2023
13/03/2023 => Weekly report of Italian MalSpam campaigns from March 13, 2023 to March 19, 2023
06/02/2023 => Weekly report of Italian MalSpam campaigns from March 06, 2023 to March 12, 2023
27/02/2023 => Weekly report of Italian Malspam campaigns from February 27, 2023 to March 05, 2023


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