Monthly Archives:: October 2012


‘Vodafone Europe: Your Account Balance’ themed emails serve malware

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails, impersonating Vodafone Europe, in an attempt to trick their customers into executing the malicious file attachment found in the email. More details:

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Recently launched E-shop sells access to hundreds of hacked PayPal accounts

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Largely relying on sophisticated and legitimate-looking phishing campaigns, next to active data mining of a botnet’s infected population, today’s cybercriminals are in a perfect position to monetize these fraudulently obtained assets in the form of compromised accounts. From compromised social networking accounts, to direct access to compromised servers and desktop PCs, the market segment has been steadily growing over the past couple of months. In this post I’ll profile a newly launched cybercrime-friendly E-shop selling access to compromised accounts belonging primarily to PayPal users, but also, compromised accounts belonging to Apple, Walmart, Ebay and Skype users. More details:

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Russian cybercriminals release new DIY SMS flooder

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Just like in every market, in the underground ecosystem demand too, meets supply on a regular basis. Thanks to the systematically released DIY SMS flooding applications, cybercriminals have successfully transformed this market segment into a growing and professionally oriented niche market. From the active abuse of the features offered by legitimate infrastructure providers such as ICQ and Skype, to the abuse of Web-based SMS sending gateways, cybercriminals continue developing and releasing point’n’click DIY SMS flooding tools. In this post, I’ll profile one of the most recently released DIY SMS flooders, this time relying on 23 publicly available SMS-sending Web services, […]

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