“Despicable” Malvertising Campaign Redirects to RIG EK at, Drops Chthonic Banking Trojan.

Read about the Despicable (aka Despicable .ME) malvertising campaign HERE.

This infection chain resulted from me visiting a website that streams sporting events. Below is a partial and edited image of the malvertising chain being filtered in Wireshark:

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The host is redirected to adrunnr.com, which then redirects to done.witchcraftcash.com.

done.witchcraftcash.com then redirects the host to the Despicable .ME domain, comanast.me.

The .ME domain redirects the host to the gate at kikokik.fun via a “302 Moved Temporarily”:

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The GET request for kikokik.fun returns a “302 Found” that points to the RIG exploit kit landing page at

302 Found edited

rigek landing page

Download the landing page: RigEK landing page.zip

RIG exploit kit dropped Chthonic on my system. This has been the payload of choice by a lot of malvertising campaigns lately and even other campaigns like RELST. The payload was dropped in %Temp% and then copied to C:ProgramData under a newly created folder called “Windows Sidebar”:


You can see the post-infection traffic consists of POST requests to the C2 server at amellet.bit ( The Hybrid-Analysis report also shows connections to another C2 at letit2.bit (

Emerging Threats alerts generated by these POST requests include “ET TROJAN Chthonic Checkin”.






Persists itself using auto-execute at a hidden registry location


SHA256: 609ca0061ec890fba0535d66ccf1a11725ff2a29e30b0298ceba86264ec534ff
File name: RigEK landing page 061917.txt

SHA256: 450a1b8b6a1570182a8210391574e096691eda5b2eba7838f6aa767b074fa5a4
File name: o32.tmp

SHA256: 1321558aa4c02abb3d38a51540fa9c5af303e75f93f1bb35747fb703cfe3db6f
File name: BWindowsSidebar.exe
Hybrid-Analysis Report

Until next time!

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