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Smishing campaign in NL spreading Cabassous and Anatsa

05 May 2021


In early December 2020 ThreatFabric discovered Cabassous, which was later renamed by PRODAFT to FluBot. This is a classic Android bot, equipped with credential stealing capabilities such as the use of overlays (fake login screens) for crypto-currency wallet apps and Android banking apps. Besides harvesting credentials, the bot also gathers all contact information (phone numbers) from a victim’s device to spread itself using SMS messages (smishing).

Another banking trojan named Anatsa was discovered by ThreatFabric analysts in January 2021. It should be considered a stronger threat compared to Cabassous, due to its more extensive and advanced set of features. Anatsa’s functionalities include the classic credential-stealing overlay attacks, which are first downloaded and stored on the device, and then launched locally. Other features include keylogging, contact information and device information exfiltration, and accessibility logging. This last feature is very advanced and very dangerous for victims. It grants information to the malicious actors about everything displayed in the device’s screen, allowing the bot to interact with the UI elements and record all the information that is displayed in them. We also covered this threat in our latest blog.

Anatsa has been relatively quiet in the first months of the year, but it has recently increased its activity now including Dutch banks in its target list.

With this threat update we want to inform the users about a new SMS phishing campaign we spotted in the Netherlands masquerading as UPS apps and distributing both Cabassous and Anatsa.

Previous campaigns

On April 18th, Cabassous began to use multiple DGA seeds in every sample allowing it to be more scalable: the Trojan generates corresponding C2 server address to receive the overlay target list specific for the victim’s country. This means that every botnet can have its own overlay specific to country of the targeted banking and wallet apps.

As reported by ThreatFabric, enormous SMS phishing campaigns reported by major telecom operators have been observed in multiple new targeted countries, including the UK, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, and Japan. This also matches with the current smishing campaign reported in the UK masquerading as UPS and DHL apps.


Usually, the SMS contains some link that claims to provide the information about your parcel from DHL or UPS. The link leads to the page with a localized text corresponding to the region defined by the victim’s IP location. The text contains instructions to download and install an application, which is the Cabassous Trojan itself.


Latest developments

On May 5th, ThreatFabric analysts spotted a new smishing campaign in the Netherlands masquerading as UPS apps. That is a common MO for Cabassous that has been described above.

However, besides Cabassous, ThreatFabric analysts were able to obtain the Anatsa Trojan from the same links. That means that at the moment of writing this blog, Anatsa and Cabassous are distributed side-by-side in the Netherlands both masquerading as UPS apps. Nevertheless, there is no solid proof that the actor(s) behind these families are the same.


At the moment of writing Cabassous does not target any application of Netherlands banks, the C2 responsible for the campaign targeting Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands and Poland only serves the target list for banking apps in Poland. Anatsa however does have the banking apps from the Netherlands in its target list. The following images are examples of overlays used for the Dutch banks:

overlay_1          overlay_2

The full lists of targeted applications used by Anatsa and Cabassous can be found in the Appendix.

The danger of Anatsa

When comparing Cabassous with Anatsa, the more dangerous of the two appears to be Anatsa due to its RAT capability. The Trojan can receive a command called “start_client” from the C2 and initiate a connection to a specified IP and port. This connection is used to send and receive data that enables actor(s) to do the following:

  • Observe the screen of the victim’s device on a real-time basis
  • Perform clicks and actions on behalf of the victim
  • Open applications (like banking application or web-browser)
  • Manipulate text input

This capability leads to another type of fraud - so called on-device fraud, when actor(s) perform the actual fraud from the device of the victim. The following code snippet represents the actor(s) ability to manipulate text input:

while (counter < numberOfActions) {
    int leftBound = byteBuffer.getShort();
    int bottomBound = byteBuffer.getShort();
    int length = byteBuffer.getShort();
    byte[] textBytes = new byte[length];
    byteBuffer.get(textBytes, 0, length);
    String setText = new String(textBytes, StandardCharsets.UTF_8);
    AccessibilityNodeInfo rootNodeInfo = MainAccessibilityService.service.getRootInActiveWindow();
    if (rootNodeInfo != null) {
        for (Object editTextNode: Utils.getAllNodes(rootNodeInfo, "EditText")) {
            AccessibilityNodeInfo accNodeInfo = (AccessibilityNodeInfo) editTextNode;
            Rect v9_1 = new Rect();
            if (v9_1.left != leftBound || v9_1.bottom != bottomBound) { // check position                continue;
            }             Bundle bundle = new Bundle();
            bundle.putString("ACTION_ARGUMENT_SET_TEXT_CHARSEQUENCE", setText);
            accNodeInfo.performAction(0x200000, bundle);

Bot commands

The Anatsa bot supports the following commands:

Command Description
activate_screen Enables the screen
app_delete Uninstalls application
ask_syspass Shows the request for device password/PIN/gesture
ask_perms Trigger the bot to request for permissions
stop_pers Stops persistence mechanisms for 40 seconds
get_accounts Triggers stealing the list of accounts on the device
kill_bot Removes the bot from the infected device
mute_phone Mutes the device
swipe_down Performs a swipe down gesture
open_inject Triggers the overlay attack for specified application
open_activity Opens the specified application
change_pass Prompts the user to change the password
reset_pass Clears cached device password (in the bot’s runtime)
start_client Starts RAT client
grab_google_auth Triggers stealing of google authenticator codes

Getting rid of the malware

In general, we recommend doing a factory reset when your device is infected with malware. This will put the device back to the state it was in when it was first turned on. For Anatsa and Cabassous it is also enough to uninstall the malware apps from the device (through the Android Settings menu), assuming you know which app is the malware (in this campaign the app name “UPS” is used).

Because both malware variants prevent removing the app through the Android Settings menu, you will have to boot the phone into safe mode (preventing the malware from running) to be able to uninstall the app. Another option, for tech-savvy users, is to use ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to connect to the device via USB and run the command adb uninstall <malware_package_name>.

Anatsa makes it even more difficult to remove it, because in addition to preventing the app to be uninstalled through the Android Settings, it also prevents rebooting or shutting down the device (required for safe mode). If you can’t use ADB, the easiest option is to simply wait until the device turns off because it runs out of power (optionally in the meantime turning off Wi-Fi and data connections to stop the RAT from communicating with its C2) and then boot into safe mode and perform the actions described above.

Client Side Detection

ThreatFabric CSD can be used to detect customers infected with such threats in real-time, therefore avoiding fraud and keeping the risk under control.



One of the latest Cabassous samples found in the wild:

App name Package name SHA-256 hash
UPS Mobile kit.stem.iron 83ac4c915546ff9c7bda78cf9cbbc23c7f6f5b1d33967d2040ce8f0f22031a2b

The list of targeted applications contains 30 applications:

App name Package name
Pibank es.pibank.customers
Banca Móvil Laboral Kutxa com.tecnocom.cajalaboral
EVO Banco móvil es.evobanco.bancamovil
Ibercaja es.ibercaja.ibercajaapp
BBVA Spain
PeoPay softax.pekao.powerpay
Bankinter Móvil com.bankinter.launcher
Bank Millennium
ruralvía com.rsi
imaginBank - Your mobile bank
Binance - Buy & Sell Bitcoin Securely
Santander es.bancosantander.apps
Blockchain Wallet. Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum
IKO pl.pkobp.iko
Openbank – banca móvil
BNP Paribas GOMobile
Santander mobile pl.bzwbk.bzwbk24
Banca Digital Liberbank es.liberbank.cajasturapp
Moje ING mobile
Grupo Cajamar com.grupocajamar.wefferent
UnicajaMovil es.univia.unicajamovil
Idea Bank PL pl.ideabank.mobilebanking
Coinbase – Buy & Sell Bitcoin. Crypto Wallet
CA24 Mobile
Alior Mobile pl.aliorbank.aib
ING España. Banca Móvil www.ingdirect.nativeframe


One of the latest Anatsa samples found in the wild:

App name Package name SHA-256 hash
UPS brave.crowd.home c8dbba4ff6c71e7cdb6637f59694d96398b5da4aed50b5d650b0b532f1b07682

The list of targeted applications contains 39 applications:

App name Package name
Deutsche Bank Mobile com.db.pwcc.dbmobile
La Mia Banca com.db.pbc.miabanca
Knab Bankieren bvm.bvmapp
VR Banking Classic
ING Bankieren
Ibercaja es.ibercaja.ibercajaapp
ABN AMRO Mobiel Bankieren
BBVA Spain
myAlpha Mobile com.mobileloft.alpha.droid
Commerzbank Banking - The app at your side de.commerzbanking.mobil
Rabo Bankieren nl.rabomobiel
Banco Sabadell App. Your mobile bank
Triodos Bankieren NL com.triodos.bankingnl
ruralvía com.rsi
HVB Mobile Banking eu.unicreditgroup.hvbapptan
Binance - Buy & Sell Bitcoin Securely
Santander es.bancosantander.apps
Blockchain Wallet. Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum
Postbank Finanzassistent de.postbank.finanzassistent
Openbank – banca móvil
Banca Digital Liberbank es.liberbank.cajasturapp
ING Banking to go de.ingdiba.bankingapp
ASN Mobiel Bankieren nl.asnbank.asnbankieren
UnicajaMovil es.univia.unicajamovil
Grupo Cajamar com.grupocajamar.wefferent
Santander Banking de.santander.presentation
comdirect mobile App
WiZink, tu banco senZillo
Coinbase – Buy & Sell Bitcoin. Crypto Wallet
Sparkasse Ihre mobile Filiale
RegioBank - Mobiel Bankieren nl.regiobank.regiobankieren
tractorpool de.traktorpool
Vivid: Investments & Banking & Crypto
ING España. Banca Móvil www.ingdirect.nativeframe

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