Research: Part 1 – Misadventures in GUIDology by Raveed Laeb, Product Manager
This is the first post in a series of posts reviewing the supply chain of the Genesis Store market – a likely-Russian threat actor operating a successful, borderline innovative, pay-per-bot store since 2018. The following post features a quick-and-easy methodology breaking down over 335,000 unique Genesis infections into four malware groups, allowing us to attribute over 300,000 AZORult infections to the Genesis actors currently involved in campaigns resulting is tens of thousands of new AZORult infections per month. Furthermore, it seems Genesis isn’t necessarily leading these campaigns, but rather working with various Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) providers and cybercrime services.
This discovery, linking Genesis with widely known commodity malware, highlights the ongoing threat to organizations and the proliferation of illegal data obtained from infections. It also sheds light on the supply chain relationships between actors operating within the cybercrime financial ecosystem (read: Dark Net); we’ll explore this theme, including specific actors and trends, in the next posts.