Monthly Archives:: June 2012


Spamvertised bogus online casino themed emails serving W32/Casonline

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising hundreds of thousands of emails enticing end and corporate users into clicking on links leading to bogus online casinos requiring the installation of an executable file. This is the second bogus casino themed campaign I’ve intercepted in recent months, and the third time when I profile the distribution and infection vectors of W32/Casonline. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘DHL Express Parcel Tracking Notification’ emails serving malware

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Remember the “Spamvertised ‘DHL Package delivery report’ emails serving malware” campaign profiled earlier this month? It seems that another cybercrime gang has started impersonating DHL in an attempt to serve malware to the millions of spamvertised end and corporate users. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘Confirm PayPal account” notifications lead to phishing sites

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PayPay users, beware! Phishers have just started spamvertising hundreds of thousands of legitimately-looking PayPal themed emails, in an attempt to trick users into entering their accounting data on the fraudulent web site linked in the emails. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘Your UPS delivery tracking’ emails serving client-side exploits and malware

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails impersonating United Parcel Service (UPS) in an attempt to trick end and corporate users into clicking on exploits and malware serving links found in the malicious emails. What exploits are they using? How widespread is the campaign? Is it an isolated incident, or is the campaign linked to more malicious activity? More details:

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‘Create a Cartoon of You” ads serving MyWebSearch toolbar

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On their way to attract new users, adware providers and online marketers often come up with new and creative ideas tailored to average Internet users. These often include free screensavers, browser plugins, toolbars, and that’s just for starters. In this post, we’ll profile the market proposition of one of these online advertisers, previously known as a vendor of adware toolbars, and discuss what has changed over the years. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘Your Paypal Ebay.com payment’ emails serving client-side exploits and malware

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Remember the ‘Your Amazon.com order confirmation’ client-side exploits and malware serving campaign which I profiled earlier this week? It appears that the gang behind it is back with another campaign, this time impersonating PayPal. For the time being, another round consisting of millions of malicious emails is circulating in the wild, enticing end and corporate users into clicking on malicious links found in the emails. More details:

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FakeAV for Android! There you are!

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By Nathan Collier Every super hero has an arch nemesis. For a lot of Threat Researchers, including myself, Rogue Security Products, or better known as FakeAV, is theirs. Back in the day when I was primarily a PC malware fighter, FakeAV was a prevalent threat that was always coming up with new ways to infect users nearly every other day. I knew it was only a matter of time that the same malware authors would turn mobile. I am afraid those days are upon us. How could I ever forget such an identifiable logo: “Android Security Suite Premium”… yeah, right!  […]

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Oracle and Apple patch critical Java security vulnerabilities

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In a coordinated effort Oracle and Apple recently issued a critical security update for Java. Next to Adobe Flash, and Acrobat Reader, client-side vulnerabilities found in insecure versions of Java are among the most popular entry points for malicious attackers on the hosts of users with outdated third-party software and browser plugins. More details:

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Cybercriminals populate Scribd with bogus adult content, spread malware using Comodo Backup

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On their way to convert legitimate traffic into malware-infected hosts using web malware exploitation kits, cybercriminals have been actively experimenting with multiple traffic acquisition techniques over the past couple of years. From malvertising (the process of displaying malicious ads), to compromised high-trafficked web sites, to blackhat SEO (search engine optimization), the tools in their arsenal have been systematically maturing to become today’s sophisticated traffic acquisition platforms delivering millions of unique visits from across the world, to the cybercriminals behind the campaigns. What are some of the latest campaigns currently circulating in the wild? How are cybercriminals monetizing the hijacked traffic? Are […]

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Seen Ad Pop-up’s in Your Mobile Browser Lately?

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by Armando Orozco Today, one of our Webroot SecureAnywhere for Android users reported seeing ad redirections while browsing on his Android device. As we began investigating, we noticed that there were a lot of other mobile users seeing the same thing – yes, on their iPhones as well! We were also able to reproduce the behavior on our devices. This appears to be a clever Ad redirection using JavaScript. The pop-ups are survey offers for free electronics like iPads and iPhones. The users are asked to complete a survey, at the end of which their email address and phone number […]

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