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Malware attacks exploiting app installation protocol prompt deactivation

Several threat operations have exploited Microsoft’s “ms-appinstaller protocol” to facilitate malware distribution, leading to its deactivation. The intruders were able to bypass safety measures by spoofing legitimate apps, thus installing loader malware and other harmful payloads. Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence team highlighted the use of the protocol for the delivery of the Carbanak malware and BATLOADER.

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