A new remote access trojan whose name reminds one of a fairytale and not the potential nightmare it could bring to its victim has been disclosed by Cylance.

PyXie Python RAT has been flitting about since 2018 helping deliver ransomware and other malware to the healthcare and education industries. The RAT has been tracked being delivered through malicious TETRIS apps to load and execute the pen testing tool Cobalt Strike and a custom shellcode loader.

“The loader is a Trojanized open source Tetris game. It has been modified to load an encrypted shellcode payload named ‘settings.dat’ from an internal network share and inject it into a new process,” Cylance said.

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