Ducktail Malware Targets Facebook Business Accounts via LinkedIn Phishing Attack

Ducktail Malware Targets Facebook Business Accounts via LinkedIn Phishing Attack

July 27, 2022

A new phishing attempt with the codename Ducktail is in progress and targets LinkedIn users who work in the field to hijack Facebook business accounts that control the firm’s advertising. 

It has been reported that those working in administrative, digital marketing, digital media, and human resources positions have been targeted. 

About Ducktail Malware 

The Ducktail malware was frequently distributed as an archive file that included the malware executable along with relevant images, documents, and video files. 

The majority of the file names contained keywords that were associated with companies. For example project development plan.jpeg, project information.jpeg, products.pdf[.]exe.

(Source: WithSecure)

Several samples’ file names had country names added to them, showing that the threat actor knew where the victim would be in advance. 

The Ducktail operation’s samples were created in .NET Core and assembled using the framework’s single file capability. With the help of this feature, the main assembly and all required libraries are combined into a single executable. 

The malware is generally capable of: 

  • Mutex Creation and Check 
  • (Stolen) Data Storage 
  • Browser (Cookie) Scanning 
  • Data Exfiltration

Facebook Business Accounts Are The Main Target 

Threat actors use social engineering techniques to make victims download the malicious archive from trusted cloud hosting services such as Dropbox, iCloud, and MediaFire. Additionally to the other files, it includes malware that runs on .NET Core disguised as a PDF file. This malware comes with all its required dependencies, so it can run on computers without prior .NET runtime installation.

When run, the malware searches for browser cookies on different browsers, including Chrome, Edge, and Firefox, and gathers system data and Facebook login tokens. Since the request comes from the victim’s side and uses a valid session cookie, they appear to be legitimate requests to Facebook’s endpoints, thus can bypass security features.

Ducktail malware attack process
Ducktail malware attack process

The following data is gathered: 

  • Cookies, IP addresses 
  • Account information, 2FA codes
  • Location data 
  • Verification status, advertising limit, user and client lists 
  • ID, currency, payment cycles, amount spent 
  • Adtrust DSL 

All the data that is stolen is exfiltrated through Telegram bots. They also hijack the compromised business accounts by adding another email address. This allows threat actors to later have complete access to accounts from their own machine and have privileges to make direct payments, as well as manage ad campaigns on Facebook.

Adding email address
Adding email address

Ducktail TTPs & IOCs & YARA Rules









Gather Victim Org Information

Gather Victim Identity Information

Search Open Websites/Domains: Social Media

Resource Development




Compromise Accounts: Social Media Accounts

Develop Capabilities: Malware

Obtain Capabilities: Code Signing Certificates

Initial Access





User Execution: Malicious File

Credential Access



Credentials from Password Stores: Credentials from Web Browsers

Steal Web Session Cookie

Command and Control


Web Service: Bidirectional Communication



Exfiltration Over Web Service

IoCs and YARA Rules can be found here.

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