Rig EK delivers Chthonic


Following a common malvertising chain I came across a website that redirected to a fake ad domain. Such gates have been detailed by other researchers such as Malware Breakdown. They contain a pre-landing page which further filters out unwanted visitors before the Rig EK landing page.

This example is a full chain and dropped Chthonic which is a ZeuS variant. I requested the help of @Antelox who quickly identified it as Chthonic. I thought the “.bit” traffic was familiar but it has been a while since I saw this malware.

Background Information:

  • A few articles on Rig exploit kit and it’s evolution:


  • Oldish article regarding Chthonic banking trojan:



(in password protected zip: (infected))

Details of infection chain:

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Rig EK on a porn website via a fake ad domain drops ZeuS Chthonic.

Full Details:

  • A malvertising chain leads to a porn site called “likexhamster“. This is similar to the real xhamster website except with more Rig. The website contains a script called “popunder.php” which loads the fake ad domain “retalise.info“.
  • The domain contains a pre-landing page and an iframe to Rig EK.PreLanding
  • one.dailynewshunt.co.in-> Landing Page -> Flash  -> Payload
  • Dropped payload “4s64tsmt.exe”.
    SHA256: 6ef6dd38e0b763ff9877bd657ddbefc76ae72de7d49b0a5b82690c039036e1ee
    File name: 4s64tsmt.exe
    Detection ratio: 27 / 61
  • This was identified as Chthonic which is a ZeuS variant by @Antelox.
  • Chthonic lay idle for some time in processes. It eventually created an executable called “WindowsMailB” and a UAC prompt appeared which when accepted rebooted the system.
  • After reboot the malware had added a start up entry and copied itself .It also downloaded a further binary which was likely a module.
  • POST traffic to  “multifest.bit” was observed.  It is likely sending data to a CnC and getting a configuration back.comcnc
  • There may be other interesting connections in the PCAP. I have not found any recent detailed write ups about Chthonic yet. According to the 2014 article by securelist, Chthonic has the following capabilities: Capabilities

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