Surge in ZLoader Attacks Observed

PhishLabs has observed a spike in malicious emails distributing ZLoader malware. The spike is notably one of the greatest upticks for a single payload observed in a 24-hour period over the past year, and is the first significant sign that another botnet may be stepping up in the aftermath of the Emotet takedown
May 2020 - February 2021 ZLoader Activity
Z Loader is one of the most frequently reported malware strains since June 2020. This particular campaign uses three legitimate file sharing platforms to distribute attacks: WeTransfer, Google Docs, and Emails are delivered through a variety of compromised accounts. The payload is delivered via malicious files and download links. 
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WeTransfer Example

WeTransfer Sender Address: [email protected]
WeTransfer Subject Line: <[email protected]> sent you files via WeTransfer
WeTransfer URL:
WeTransfer Phishing Lure

Additional Lures

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Google Docs Phishing Lure
ZLoader is a popular banking trojan often purchased for distribution by threat actors through Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS). It commonly acts as a dropper to deliver Zeus-based malware in multistage ransomware attacks. 
ZLoader is delivered through email phishing and most often linked with Ryuk and Egregor ransomware strains. Recently, multiple individuals tied to Egregor have been arrested and it remains to be seen whether or not this will have an effect on ZLoader volume.  

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