A newly discovered remote access trojan nicknamed tRAT has apparently attracted the interest of TA505, a cybercriminal group known for launching prolific banking malware and ransomware attacks.

In a company blog post yesterday, researchers at Proofpoint reported observing  several phishing campaigns in September and October that attempted to infect victims with the malware. One of these attacks was linked to TA505, which is most frequently affiliated with Dridex and Locky malware operations.

The TA505 campaign, which Proofpoint uncovered on Oct. 11, largely targeted customers of commercial banks, attempting to infect them via emails with attached Microsoft Word and Publisher files. Some emailed claimed to be from an invoicing department, while others reported to be from an individual named Vanessa Brito. The attachments were typically disguised as invoices or reports.

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