Analyzing the Windows LNK file attack method

Recently a friend of mine shared an interesting Malicious sample, it was a Microsoft shortcut file (LNK file) which after clicking(execution) lead to infection, although I was not aware of this type of attack vector before doing a basic research on google I was surprised that there is an increase in this type of attacks since 2017. In this post we will Analysis the LNK file malware and uncover how attacker uses multiple layers of obfuscation to evade AV and finally dropping malicious binary, we will also look into how to de-obfuscate each layer and understand what the code is doing.

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