Malicious actors frequently take advantage of tragic news to coerce their targets into engaging with their malware lures.

There has been an unsettling uptick in the utilization of COVID-19 themed malware campaigns and distance learning lures targeting students and families.

Join the Hunt and check out the COVID-19 documents we’re currently researching over at InQuest Labs!

Latest InQuest™ Blog Posts

Getting Sneakier: Hidden Sheets, Data Connections, and XLM Macros

Posted on 2020-03-18 by Amirreza Niakanlahiji and Pedram Amini

In this post, we provide a detailed analysis of an interesting Excel 4.0 XLM macrosheet maldoc distribution campaign that is tied to a variety of executable payloads, a subject matter we'll be covering in a future blog. As of the time of writing, detection rates for this class of attack are relatively low.

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COVID-19 Scare Tactics: Want to buy some masks?

Posted on 2020-03-20 by William MacArthur

In this quick, end of the week post, we wanted to touch on the ubiquitous COVID-19 (aka Corona Virus). Sharing an interesting lure, related malware, and some IOCs for colleagues to dig into while society on the whole is relegated to solitude in our homes.

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InQuest™ Labs Research Spotlight


This playbook installs and configures most of the software I use on my Mac for web and software development. Some things in macOS are slightly difficult to automate, so I still have some manual installation steps, but at least it's all documented here.

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A curated list of awesome resources for design and implement RESTful APIs.REST allows us to create services and applications that can be used by any device or client who understands HTTP.

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SpaceVim is a community-driven modular Vim distribution. It manages collections of plugins in layers, which help to collect related packages together to provide IDE-like features

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Global Security Events

US Health Department Hacked Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Cyber-attackers have hacked the US Health and Human Services Department as America works hard to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 virus. The intrusion occurred on 15-March-2020 and is thought to have been motivated by a desire to slow the agency down and spread misinformation among the public.

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New RedLine Stealer Distributed Using Coronavirus-themed Email Campaign

In early March 2020, Proofpoint researchers observed an email campaign attempting to deliver a previously unknown malware which the malware author calls RedLine Stealer. This name can be seen in the forum advertisements, code comments, and command and control (C&C) panel.

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APT36 jumps on the coronavirus bandwagon, delivers Crimson RAT

Since the coronavirus became a worldwide health issue, the desire for more information and guidance from government and health authorities has reached a fever pitch. This is a golden opportunity for threat actors to capitalize on fear, spread misinformation, and generate mass hysteria—all while compromising victims with scams or malware campaigns

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