Cybersecurity Specialists Warn of Lightning and FFDroider Malware

  • By Patrick Ryan
  • Apr 11, 2022

Digital security professionals are going out of their way to warn businesses and everyday computer users about two forms of malware that steal information. The two types of malware are FFDroider and Lightning Stealer.

Why are Lightning Stealer and FFDroider Feared?

Cybersecurity experts fear the types of malware referenced above as they can steal data and use it to launch attacks. Both forms of malware were developed to transmit stolen user credentials as well as cookies to a server used for command and control.  

The evil geniuses behind FFDroider have gone to great lengths to make the malware look as though it is the Telegram instant messaging application. The details of the FFDroider attack were released by Niraj Shivtarkar and Avinash Kumar in a Zscaler ThreatLabz report issued last week.

FFDroider and Lightning Stealer are also considered serious threats as they have arisen amidst a litany of stealer malware attacks in previous months. These two threats emerged after Jester Stealer, and Raccoon Stealer wreaked havoc by stealing login credentials, credit card information, cookies, crypto wallets, and even information stored within password managers.

What are Information Stealers?

The information stealers involved in the malware attacks noted above are designed to obtain highly sensitive data from machines that have been compromised. Information stealers collect everything from web browser cookies to saved passwords, files, screenshots, and keystrokes that are sent to a domain that is controlled by remote attackers.

The stealer is advanced to the point that it signs directly into targets’ social media platform accounts with cookies that were stolen. The stealer then obtains account information to operate harmful ads through stored payment methods to gain access to valuable personal information. 

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How is FFDroider Distributed?

FFDroider is sent through a cracked form of freeware and installers with the overarching aim of stealing credentials and cookies tied to e-commerce and social media platforms. The stolen data is used to enter accounts and obtain information related to targets’ personal accounts.

Which Web Browsers are in the Crosshairs?

The malware targets a wide variety of web browsers, including Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. The malware also zeroes in on websites ranging from Etsy to eBay, Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, and Facebook.

What is the Role of the FFDroider Downloader Functionality?

FFDroider has a downloader functionality that allows it to upgrade with modules obtained through an update server that permits the expansion of features as time progresses, setting the stage for harmful actors to take advantage of the stolen information, using it as a bridge to obtain access to the target.  

Lightning Stealer functions similarly, taking targets’ Discord tokens and information from crypto wallets and that relating to credit cards, passwords, cookies, and even users’ search history from web browsers.

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