The initial infection vector used by the threat actor is a phishing email containing a malicious link. When pressed, the link downloads a supposedly legitimate zip file that is actually malicious. Sodinokibi zip files have a very low detection rate on VirusTotal, which signals that the majority of antivirus vendors do not flag the initial payload as malicious. Since the initial Sodinokibi payload is able to pass undetected, the first layer of defense for many organizations is immediately bypassed.
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