Abaddon POS malware targets PoS terminals


The Dell Sonicwall Threats Research team observed reports of a new POS family named GAV: Abaddon.POS actively spreading in the wild. Abaddon POS malware typically has the capability such as scraping memory to retrieve Credit Card Data during its scan.

Infection Cycle:


  • 5bf979f90307bac11d13be3031e4c6f9 Detected as GAV: Abaddon.POS (Trojan)

The Trojan adds the following keys to the Windows registry to ensure persistence upon reboot:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun

    • Chrome”=”%Userprofile%Malware.exe

Abaddon POS retrieves a list of running processes; the malware is responsible for scraping the memory of current processes on the infected machine for credit card information periodically.

The malware tries to Enumerate Credit Card Data from POS Software. The hackers use the following API functions such as:

  • CreateToolhelp32Snapshot

  • Process32First

  • Process32Next

  • OpenProcess

Here is an example of scraping the memory by malware:

The malware tries to verify Credit Cards and then sends this information in encrypted format to one of the given C&C Servers such as following domains:






Command and Control (C&C) Traffic

Abaddon POS performs C&C communication over port 20970.

The malware sends your Credit Card information to its own C&C server via following format, here are some examples:

SonicWALL Gateway AntiVirus provides protection against this threat via the following signatures:

  • GAV: Abaddon.POS

  • GAV: Abaddon.POS_2

Here is a list of samples we identified:

  • 0c77886a3ea42b75fcd860d4d97e72c5

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