This stealthy malware delivers a 'silent threat' that wants to steal your passwords

Cyber criminals are using a new JavaScript downloader to distribute eight different kinds of remote access Trojan (RAT) malware and information-stealing malware in order to gain backdoor control of infected Windows systems, as well as steal usernames, passwords and other sensitive data. 

The downloader has been detailed by cybersecurity researchers at HP Wolf Security, who’ve called it RATDispenser.  

The initial entry point for attacks is a phishing email that claims to contain a text file about a product order. Clicking the malicious file will run the process for installing RATDispenser malware. In order to avoid detection, the initial JavaScript download is obfuscated with the aid of long strings of code to help hide the malicious intent.

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Once installed, RATDispenser is used to distribute a range of different malware, including trojans, keyloggers and information stealers, all designed to steal sensitive data from the user. 

The most frequently distributed malware downloads are STRRAT and WSHRAT, which account for four in five of the analysed samples. But other forms of malware RATDispenser have been distributed, including invasive information stealers such as AdwindFormbookRemcosPanda Stealer, GuLoader and Ratty.

Some of these trojans, like Panda Stealer, are relatively new, having only been discovered this year, while others, such as WSHRAT, have been

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