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Pirate matryoshka

Abstract-pirate-bay

The use of torrent trackers to spread malware is a well-known practice; cybercriminals disguise it as popular software, computer games, media files, and other sought-after content. We detected one such campaign early this year, when The Pirate Bay (TPB) tracker filled up with harmful files used to distribute malware under the guise of cracked copies of paid programs.

We noticed that the tracker contained malicious torrents created from dozens of different accounts, including ones registered on TBP for quite some time.

Torrent content

Instead of the expected software, the file downloaded to the user’s computer was a Trojan, whose basic logic was implemented by SetupFactory installers. Our security solutions detect the malware as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.PirateMatryoshka.

At the initial stage, the installer decrypts another SetupFactory installer for displaying a phishing web page.

The page opens directly in the installation window and requests the user’s TBP account...(continued)

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