IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Hackers hit with malware-ridden tools

Researchers uncover campaign targeting other hackers and the networks they've accessed

Security researchers have discovered a campaign where hackers themselves have become targets with malware-ridden tools offered online.

These tools enable an attacker to take full access of a victim's computer once unwittingly opened, according to Amit Serper from Cybereason

Serper has been investigating a campaign that's been running for years and found that hackers were taking existing tools and injecting them with remote-access trojan malware.

Related Resource

The essential guide to cloud-based backup and disaster recovery

Support business continuity by building a holistic emergency plan

Download now

Some of the tools were designed to harvest data through via product key generators. 

These were being repackaged and placed online, on forums and websites, to 'bait' other hackers in the hope that once in their systems, they would find backdoors into the networks they had hacked themselves. 

The tools have been infected with njRat, a new strain of trojan which gives the attacker full access to the victim's computer, their files, passwords and even their webcam and microphone. 

The njRat trojan is often spread through phishing emails and infected flash drives, but according to Serper, the malware has been embedded on to dormant or insecure websites. According to his research, these hackers have compromised several websites and are building new variations of the tools on a daily basis.

While hackers getting hacked may sound like a comeuppance, it's most likely fueling more criminal activity, according to Jake Moore, cyber security specialist at ESET. He suggests this could easily spread to a wider audience than just those intended. 

"Once campaigns like this are released into the wild, they inevitably end up being used by other threat actors, which increases the number of targets on a wider scale," he said. 

"Whilst the actors behind these campaigns may not be thinking about how moral such activities are, it highlights that even criminal hackers are susceptible to foul play and are vulnerable to impressive attacks."

Featured Resources

Join the 90% of enterprises accelerating to the cloud

Business transformation through digital modernisation

Free Download

Delivering on demand: Momentum builds toward flexible IT

A modern digital workplace strategy

Free download

Modernise the workforce experience

Actionable insights and an optimised experience for both IT and end users

Free Download

The digital workplace roadmap

A leader's guide to strategy and success

Free Download

Recommended

Hackers could use new Wslink malware in highly targeted cyber attacks
malware

Hackers could use new Wslink malware in highly targeted cyber attacks

1 Nov 2021
FBI raids Chinese POS business following cyber attack claims
malware

FBI raids Chinese POS business following cyber attack claims

27 Oct 2021
Malware developers create malformed code signatures to avoid detection
malware

Malware developers create malformed code signatures to avoid detection

24 Sep 2021
New malware uses search engine ads to target pirate gamers
malware

New malware uses search engine ads to target pirate gamers

21 Jul 2021

Most Popular

Universities are fighting a cyber security war on multiple fronts
cyber security

Universities are fighting a cyber security war on multiple fronts

4 Jul 2022
Hackers claim to steal personal data of over a billion people in China
data breaches

Hackers claim to steal personal data of over a billion people in China

4 Jul 2022
Latest LockBit ransomware strain 'strikingly similar' to BlackMatter
ransomware

Latest LockBit ransomware strain 'strikingly similar' to BlackMatter

4 Jul 2022