Thanatos is a new strain of malware tooling that has the ability to scan a network for other malicious code and then kill off competing viruses, hacks and Trojans before unleashing its own 'payload' of destruction.
Reports suggest that Thanatos
is offered at a price of $1,000 per month or $12,000 for a lifetime
SC Magazine UK explains how
Thanatos works and says that this code effectively exhibits the characteristics
of multi-staged malware tooling commonly found in Advanced Persistent Threat
(APT) technology. Where this malicious software has power is in its ability to
obliterate what we typically call 'low-level' attacks.
With the right visibility capabilities, continuous monitoring and review process in place, firms will be a much better position to detect indicators of compromise like this and work to a defined incident response plan to mitigate this kind of threat.