AridViper Windows Malware Threat Intel Advisory

CloudSEK threat intelligence advisory on AridViper that drops Python-based Windows malware PyMicropsia, info-stealer with other capabilities.
Updated on
April 19, 2023
Published on
December 24, 2020
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Adversarial Intelligence
Threat Actor
AridViper [APT-C-23]
Windows System
  AridViper (APT-C-23) drops a new Python based malware called PyMicropsia to target victims in the Middle Eastern region.This malware is an info-stealer and has other capabilities such as:
  • Keylogging, 
  • Downloading and executing payloads, 
  • Stealing browser credentials, 
  • Clearing browsing history and profiles, 
  • Rebooting machines, 
  • Collecting Outlook processes, etc. 
[caption id="attachment_9160" align="aligncenter" width="519"]PyMicropsia An overview of PyMicropsia[/caption] PyMicropsia Trojan contains built-in Python libraries as well as specific packages including:
  1. Pyaudio - Audio stealing capabilities
  2. Mss - Screenshot capabilities
The malware is still being developed which is clear from several of its unused code sections. Although PyMicropsia was designed to target Windows OS, it was found that its code snippets also search for other operating systems such as Posix or Darwin.

MITRE Tactics and Techniques 

Initial Access Masquerade as Legitimate Application (T1444), Deliver Malicious App via Other Means (T1476)
Execution Native Code (T1575)
Persistence Broadcast Receivers (T1402)
Defense Evasion Suppress Application Icon (T1508), Application Discovery (T1418)
Discovery File and Directory Discovery (T1420), System Information Discovery (T1426), Access Call Log (T1433), Access Contact List (T1432), Access Notification (T1517), Capture Audio (T1429)
Collection Capture Camera (T1512), Capture SMS Messages (T1412), Data from Local System (T1533), Screen Capture (T1513), Alternative Network Mediums (T1438)
Command and Control Standard Application Layer Protocol (T1437), Remote File Copy (T1544)
Exfiltration Data Encrypted (T1532)
Impact Delete Device Data (T1447)

Recent Activity

In September 2020, AridViper threat group was found using an Android spyware variant called Android/SpyC32.A to snoop on WhatsApp and Telegram users.


Technical Impact
  • Malicious attachments used in phishing campaigns allow attackers to gain initial foothold on the target system.
  • Payload delivery and execution will result in the compromise of user data and privacy.
  • The target network that the compromised system is a part of becomes vulnerable to further attacks.
  • Custom tools designed by the attacker allow them to execute lateral movement, avoiding detection. 
Business Impact
  • Cyber attack affects an organization’s goodwill and branding.
  • Customers lose trust in the company.
  • Companies will be liable to pay compensation/ penalty.
  • Compromised company/ customer data will be sold on the Dark Web.

Indicators of Compromise

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  1. Download applications only from trusted sources/ official app stores.
  2. Keep a check on the permissions granted to applications.
  3. Keep your antivirus updated and ensure you are using the latest version. 
  4. Implement robust web filtering which can inspect malicious contents and restrict its download or block it quickly. 
  5. Keep your browser up-to-date.

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