Monthly Archives:: December 2012


Fake ‘Flight Reservation Confirmations’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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In the midst of the holidays season, cybercriminals are currently spamvertising tens of thousands of malicious “Flight Reservation Confirmations“, in an attempt to trick users into clicking on the link found in the fake emails. Once they click on the link, users are exposed to the client-side exploits served by the latest version of the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:

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A peek inside a boutique cybercrime-friendly E-shop – part five

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Seeking financial liquidity for their fraudulently obtained assets, novice cybercriminals continue launching new DIY cybercrime-friendly e-shops offering access to compromised accounts, harvested email databases, and accounts that have been purchased using stolen credit card data,  in an attempt to diversify their portfolio and, consequently, increase the probability of a successful purchase from their shops. In this post, I’ll profile one of the most recently launched cybercrime-friendly e-shops, continuing the “A peek inside a boutique cybercrime-friendly E-shop” series. More details:

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Malicious ‘Security Update for Banking Accounts’ emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Cybercriminals have recently launched yet another massive spam campaign attempting to trick e-banking users into thinking that their ability to process ACH transactions has been temporarily disabled. Upon clicking on the link found in the malicious email, users are exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details

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Phishing For Bank Account Information

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When you’re a threat researcher, you are always on the look out for anything that looks ‘phishy’, even if it’s on your own personal time. Today, I opened my personal email to find this: Although the email looked very convincing, I don’t bank with Smile Bank so I knew something was up. Smile Bank is an actual bank based in the UK. The bad guys used a spoofed email address to make it look like it came from the legit Smile Bank domain smile.co.uk. If someone did bank with Smile Bank, I can see how they could easily be tricked. It’s […]

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Bogus ‘Facebook Account Cancellation Request’ themed emails serve client-side exploits and malware

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Facebook users, watch what you click on! Cybercriminals are currently mass mailing bogus “Facebook Account Cancellation Requests“, in an attempt to trick Facebook’s users into clicking on the malicious link found in the email. Upon clicking on the link, users are exposed to client-side exploits which ultimately drop malware on the affected host. More details:

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Fake ‘FedEx Tracking Number’ themed emails lead to malware

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At the end of October, a cybercriminal or group of cybercriminals launched three massive spam campaigns in an attempt to trick users into clicking on a deceptive link and downloading a malicious attachment. Upon execution, the malware phones back to the command and control servers operated by the party that launched it, allowing complete access to the infected PC. This time they didn’t try impersonating USPS, UPS or DHL, but FedEx. More details:

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DIY malicious domain name registering service spotted in the wild

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Security researchers and security vendors are constantly profiling and blocking the malicious operations launched by organized crime groups on the Internet. In an attempt to increase the life cycle of their malicious campaigns, cybercriminals rely on a set of domains hosted on bulletproof servers. In addition to this tactic, they also rely on fast-fluxing, a technique where a domain’s IP automatically rotates on a specific time interval, with IPs from the botnet’s infected population — state of the art bulletproof hosting in a combination with cybercrime-friendly domain registrar. In order to make it even harder for the security community to disrupt their campaigns, cybercriminals also implement the […]

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