Last week we noticed this tweet on twitter from @JohnLaTwc:

We are big fans of John’s tweets, and often use his discoveries to help build simulated malware campaigns for clients in Red-Teaming. This one was particularly interesting so we decided to dive into this one a little deeper.

The macro payload can be found here:



There appears to be different payloads targeted at different Microsoft Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8- 8.1
  • Windows 10

Netscylla decided to take a look at the Windows 10 payload (payloadv10.exe). It looks like it has already been uploaded to virus total and hybrid analysis from @CryptoInsane (twitter).

  • Virustotal Link
  • Link SureRansom.exe appears to be the real binary compiled name, and initial inspection looks like some form of British Ransomware demanding £50GBP to recover your files.

The Desktop Wallpaper is replaced with ‘Hard Drive Encrypted‘ ransom’ Further examination of the hybrid analysis and virus total reports, reveals the following IP addresses:


Whois on IP Address

The IP address belongs to cloud infrastructure provider Digital Ocean, this is likely the Command and Control interface for this piece of malware?

Reverse DNS:

Diving Deeper into the Payloadv10.exe

First we give the executable a once over with PEStudio for some hints to its maker, operation and possible code-base.

There is a big clue in the debug path:

Now we have some hints that the author is Surecloud and that this executable is part of a Red-Team, penetration test or ransomware simulation!

Lets take this a little bit further…

The executable is a .Net compiled executable so we can use JustDecompile to disassemble the application into .Net classes and procedures

This executable has the following operations:

  • ping
  • sendFiles
  • sendUserDetails

Call home IP matches the C2 address from earlier: Call home IP matches the C2 address from earlier

The malware collects information on local and domain users: The malware collects information on local and domain users

The malware sends all collected data unencrypted over the public internet: The malware sends all collected data unencrypted over the public internet.

Did we forget something? Isn’t this meant to be ransomware…

Not really, as the decompiled code clearly indicates this is a simulation.

LinkedIn quick search for Surecloud, confirms a professional Penetration Test Team in United Kingdom:

Ransom? What Ransom?

Looking at the decompiled code, there is no functionality to process or take payments. This ‘malware’ is only a simulated exercise!


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