Dark Utilities “C2aaS” Platform: Provides Adversaries With a Vast Array of C2 Capabilities

Dark Utilities Platform

A C2 platform called “Dark Utilities” was released in early 2022 and is currently getting traction among adversaries. Dark Utilities, a C2-as-a-Service (C2aaS), provides an affordable (at a starting price of just EUR 9,99) way of setting up an anonymous C&C infrastructure.

The service allows for remote access, DDoS attacks, command execution, and cryptojacking. Security researchers report about 3,000 users of the service.

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Who Is Behind Dark Utilities?

Available evidence suggests that the mastermind behind this service is a threat actor known under the nickname Inplex-sys and most probably is located in Europe. Researchers from Cisco Talos also revealed traces of adversaries’ collaboration with the Smart Bot project.

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The Dark Utilities platform operators decided to make customer service their calling card. The platform users are offered an intuitive dashboard and an admin panel to execute commands on affected devices. Additionally, the service provides a variety of ways to further leverage acquired access. Upon the platform’s release in 2022, adversaries also launched Discord and Telegram communities for customer support. 

The C2aaS platform runners offer malicious payloads designed to target multiple architectures. The payloads are stored in the Interplanetary File System (IPFS) – a network for storing and sharing data in a distributed file system.

The Dark Utilities runners offer one of the best Value for Money offers for adversaries, with the rich platform’s functionality at relatively low costs. The users can target various systems, establish a C2 communications channel, and achieve persistence with little to no development skills.

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