Rascals are always sociable, and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others company. Arthur Schopenhauer

Raspberry Robin gets the worm early

“Raspberry Robin” is Red Canary’s name for a cluster of activity we first observed in September 2021 involving a worm that is often installed via USB drive. This activity cluster relies on msiexec.exe to call out to its infrastructure, often compromised QNAP devices, using HTTP requests that contain a victim’s user and device names. We also observed Raspberry Robin use TOR exit nodes as additional command and control (C2) infrastructure.

Like most activity clusters we track, Raspberry Robin began as a handful of detections with similar characteristics that we saw in multiple customers’ environments, first noticed by Jason Killam from Red Canary’s Detection Engineering team. We saw Raspberry Robin activity as far back as September 2021, though most related activity occurred during or after January 2022. As we observed additional activity, we couldn’t find public reporting to corroborate our analysis, aside from some findings on VirusTotal that we suspected were related based on overlap in C2 domains. Raspberry Robin gets the worm early