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DiamondFox Botnet Steals Financial Information

botnet-operations-stforumA dangerous botnet that aims to steal financial information from important computers such as cashier POS machines has been reported to be spread on dark web forums and markets. This type of malware is particularly dangerous because it comes with a kit and practically anyone with moderate knowledge on how to operate malware can simply download it and begin infecting computers. Not only this but the bot is also able to spread quite quickly and has many other functions, like DDoS (Denial of Service) for example.

Threat Summary

Name

DiamondFox

TypeBotNet
Short DescriptionAims to steal passwords, personal and financial information. Attacks POS machines as well.
SymptomsCannot open the Windows Registry Editor and Windows Task Manager.
Distribution MethodVia an Exploit kit, Dll file attack, malicious JavaScript or from a USB Drive or Dropbox that have been infected from a compromised computer that has DiamondFox on it.
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DiamondFox Botnet Malware – How Does It Infect

Malware researchers at Cylance blog have reported that this extremely dangerous malware uses several different methods to spread. It may infect your computer via a USB thumb drive or even via Dropbox, and this may happen unknowingly. To best illustrate how a USB infection can occur, imagine that someone inserts a USB flash drive into an infected computer, and the malware replicates itself on the drive, very similar to how a worm acts – directly without any permission. Besides this, the DiamondFox botnet malware can also spread via e-mails if the ones who are using it decide to spread massive spam message to a pre-programmed list via an advanced spam bot.

What Is DiamondFox BotNet Capable Of?n

As soon as this virus attacks a computer, it can perform a wide range of malicious deeds to it, from the most basic ones to very complicated ones.

One very simple “feature” of the DiamondFox botnet is to collect information from the keystrokes of the user PC and saves a log in a .txt file or another type of file. An example of a keylogging may be the following interface:

log/pass file
{Shift}{Esc}{Tab}{P}{@}{S}{S}{W}{0}{R}{D}{Enter}

Such information, if properly understood by cyber-criminals can result in the theft of your e-mail account and other accounts you may enter your credentials in.

Furthermore, just like any other malware out there, DiamondFox may prevent the user from entering his Task Manager or the Windows Registry Editor. This is a defensive measure and prevents you from deleting DiamondFox from your computer.

Another feature of this virus is that it is pre-programmed to automatically detect Virtual OSs. As soon as it detects that It has run on a virtual machine, the virus immediately shuts down, making it significantly more difficult to research it.

In addition to this detection, the DiamondFox botnet is also configured to detect detonation services, debuggers and even someone who tries to reverse-engineer it.

The DiamonFox virus also can function as a plugin and even take screenshots of the computer, similar to most Trojan Horse infections out there.

Not only this, but DiamonFox is also capable of remotely self-deleting as well.

Unlike a typical trojan horse, that is controlled via software installed on the computer, the DiamonFox botnet malware is controlled via a C&C(Command and Control) online panel that has a custom account for the hacker to access.

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In this account, you can find other numerous features of the DiamondFox botnet, such as:

  • Activating and deactivating active connection to infected computers.
  • DDoS capability via flooding the machine on UDP or HTTP.
  • Activating and deactivating POS terminals.
  • Spam sender to the infected machine.
  • A homepage changing features for Mozilla Firefox.
  • An information stealer for BitCoin wallets.
  • A spam bot that spreads messages from infected computer’s Twitter and Facebook accounts to further infect people with the DiamondFox or other malware.
  • Password stealer that grabs saved passwords(Grabber).
  • FTB, RDP and e-mail grabber.
  • “Updating from a distance” feature.

The virus can be detected, by using Wireshark, however. This can happen if you analyze the HTTP traffic that is going to the command and control server since it uses HTTP POST traffic to communicate with it. The bad news of that is that the traffic is XOR encrypted with a key that only the C&C server can read and detect.

DiamondFox Botnet – Conclusion, Removal, and Protection

DiamondFox is a threat that has a lot of functions and acts as if it is a remote-access-trojan. In case you cannot access you Task Manager or Registry Editor, we strongly advise scanning your computer in safe mode with an advanced anti-malware program because it will protect you in the future and detect other malware that may have been installed as well. You can also follow the removal instructions below in case you are a tech savvy user and know where the files and registry entries of DiamondFox are located.

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Ventsislav Krastev

Ventsislav is a cybersecurity expert at SensorsTechForum since 2015. He has been researching, covering, helping victims with the latest malware infections plus testing and reviewing software and the newest tech developments. Having graduated Marketing as well, Ventsislav also has passion for learning new shifts and innovations in cybersecurity that become game changers. After studying Value Chain Management, Network Administration and Computer Administration of System Applications, he found his true calling within the cybersecrurity industry and is a strong believer in the education of every user towards online safety and security.

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How to Remove DiamondFox from Windows.


Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove DiamondFox

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your PC with SpyHunter

Keep in mind, that SpyHunter’s scanner is only for malware detection. If SpyHunter detects malware on your PC, you will need to purchase SpyHunter's malware removal tool to remove the malware threats. Read our SpyHunter 5 review. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria

1. Hold Windows key() + R


2. The "Run" Window will appear. In it, type "msconfig" and click OK.


3. Go to the "Boot" tab. There select "Safe Boot" and then click "Apply" and "OK".
Tip: Make sure to reverse those changes by unticking Safe Boot after that, because your system will always boot in Safe Boot from now on.


4. When prompted, click on "Restart" to go into Safe Mode.


5. You can recognise Safe Mode by the words written on the corners of your screen.


Step 2: Uninstall DiamondFox and related software from Windows

Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it. To do that:


1. Hold the Windows Logo Button and "R" on your keyboard. A Pop-up window will appear.


2. In the field type in "appwiz.cpl" and press ENTER.


3. This will open a window with all the programs installed on the PC. Select the program that you want to remove, and press "Uninstall"
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall most programs.


Step 3: Clean any registries, created by DiamondFox on your computer.

The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by DiamondFox there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:

1. Open the Run Window again, type "regedit" and click OK.


2. When you open it, you can freely navigate to the Run and RunOnce keys, whose locations are shown above.


3. You can remove the value of the virus by right-clicking on it and removing it.
Tip: To find a virus-created value, you can right-click on it and click "Modify" to see which file it is set to run. If this is the virus file location, remove the value.

IMPORTANT!
Before starting "Step 4", please boot back into Normal mode, in case you are currently in Safe Mode.
This will enable you to install and use SpyHunter 5 successfully.

Step 4: Scan for DiamondFox with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool

1. Click on the "Download" button to proceed to SpyHunter's download page.


It is recommended to run a scan before purchasing the full version of the software to make sure that the current version of the malware can be detected by SpyHunter. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter's EULA, Privacy Policy and Threat Assessment Criteria.


2. After you have installed SpyHunter, wait for it to update automatically.

SpyHunter5-update-2018


3. After the update process has finished, click on the 'Malware/PC Scan' tab. A new window will appear. Click on 'Start Scan'.

SpyHunter5-Free-Scan-2018


4. After SpyHunter has finished scanning your PC for any files of the associated threat and found them, you can try to get them removed automatically and permanently by clicking on the 'Next' button.

SpyHunter-5-Free-Scan-Next-2018

If any threats have been removed, it is highly recommended to restart your PC.


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Get rid of DiamondFox from Mac OS X.


Step 1: Uninstall DiamondFox and remove related files and objects

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Manual Removal Usually Takes Time and You Risk Damaging Your Files If Not Careful!
We Recommend To Scan Your Mac with SpyHunter for Mac
Keep in mind, that SpyHunter for Mac needs to purchased to remove the malware threats. Click on the corresponding links to check SpyHunter’s EULA and Privacy Policy


1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:


2. Find Activity Monitor and double-click it:


3. In the Activity Monitor look for any suspicious processes, belonging or related to DiamondFox:

Tip: To quit a process completely, choose the “Force Quit” option.


4. Click on the "Go" button again, but this time select Applications. Another way is with the ⇧+⌘+A buttons.


5. In the Applications menu, look for any suspicious app or an app with a name, similar or identical to DiamondFox. If you find it, right-click on the app and select “Move to Trash”.


6: Select Accounts, after which click on the Login Items preference. Your Mac will then show you a list of items that start automatically when you log in. Look for any suspicious apps identical or similar to DiamondFox. Check the app you want to stop from running automatically and then select on the Minus (“-“) icon to hide it.


7: Remove any left-over files that might be related to this threat manually by following the sub-steps below:

  • Go to Finder.
  • In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
  • Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
  • If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.

In case you cannot remove DiamondFox via Step 1 above:

In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:

Disclaimer! If you are about to tamper with Library files on Mac, be sure to know the name of the virus file, because if you delete the wrong file, it may cause irreversible damage to your MacOS. Continue on your own responsibility!

1: Click on "Go" and Then "Go to Folder" as shown underneath:

2: Type in "/Library/LauchAgents/" and click Ok:

3: Delete all of the virus files that have similar or the same name as DiamondFox. If you believe there is no such file, do not delete anything.

You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:

→ ~/Library/LaunchAgents
/Library/LaunchDaemons

Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.


Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac

When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.



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Remove DiamondFox from Google Chrome.


Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu


Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"


Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.


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Erase DiamondFox from Mozilla Firefox.

Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window


Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.


Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"


Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.



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Uninstall DiamondFox from Microsoft Edge.


Step 1: Start Edge browser.


Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.


Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".


Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.


Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.



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Remove DiamondFox from Safari.


Step 1: Start the Safari app.


Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.


Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".

stf-safari preferences


Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.

stf-safari-extensions


Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.


Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.

stf-safari uninstall

A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the DiamondFox will be removed.


How to Reset Safari
IMPORTANT: Before resetting Safari make sure you back up all your saved passwords within the browser in case you forget them.

Start Safari and then click on the gear leaver icon.

Click the Reset Safari button and you will reset the browser.


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Eliminate DiamondFox from Internet Explorer.


Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'


Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.


Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.


Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.


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