This analytic story contains detections that allow security analysts to detect and investigate unusual activities that might related to warzone (Ave maria) RAT. This analytic story looks for suspicious process execution, command-line activity, downloads, persistence, defense evasion and more.
- Product: Splunk Enterprise, Splunk Enterprise Security, Splunk Cloud
- Datamodel: Endpoint
- Last Updated: 2023-07-26
- Author: Teoderick Contreras, Splunk
- ID: 8dc84752-f4da-4285-931c-bddd5c4d440b
Warzone RAT, also known as Ave Maria, is a sophisticated remote access trojan (RAT) that surfaced in January 2019. Originally offered as malware-as-a-service (MaaS), it rapidly gained notoriety and became one of the most prominent malware strains by 2020. Its exceptional capabilities in stealth and anti-analysis techniques make it a formidable threat in various campaigns, including those targeting sensitive geopolitical entities. The malware’s impact is particularly concerning as it has been associated with attacks aimed at compromising government employees and military personnel, notably within India’s National Informatics Centre (NIC). Its deployment by several advanced persistent threat (APT) groups further underlines its potency and adaptability in the hands of skilled threat actors. Warzone RAT’s capabilities enable attackers to gain unauthorized access to targeted systems, facilitating data theft, surveillance, and the potential to wreak havoc on critical infrastructures. As the threat landscape continues to evolve, vigilance and robust cybersecurity measures are crucial in defending against such malicious tools.” This version provides more context and elaborates on the malware’s capabilities and potential impact. Additionally, it emphasizes the importance of cybersecurity measures to combat such threats effectively.
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