It seems as though every few weeks we see a new encrypting ransomware variant. It’s not surprising either since the business model of ransoming files for money is tried and true. Whether it’s important work documents, treasured wedding pictures, or complete discographies of your favorite artists, everyone has valuable data they don’t want taken. This is the last thing anyone wants to see. This variant does bring some new features to the scene, but also fails at other lessons learnt by previous variants. Starting with the new features this variant will now just “delete” the files after encrypting them (it just […]
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Recently in the news we saw FireEye and Fox-IT provide the ability to decrypt files encrypted by older crpytolocker variants. They used the command and control servers seized by the FBI during operation Tovar. Since they have access to those RSA keys they essentially have the password required for every single file encrypted by a Cryptolocker variant that used Evgeniy Bogachev’s botnet. That is a major portion of the traditional red GUI cryptolocker that became famous. Any previous victims from these variants that still have encrypted files left on their machine should be able to decrypt them with ease. All they have to do is […]
Yesterday, the New York Times published an exclusive story on what many are stating to be the largest series of hacks ever, all revealed by Hold Security in their latest report. With a report of over 1.2 billion unique username-password combinations and over 500 million e-mail addressed amassed by a Russian hacker group dubbed CyberVol (vol is Russian for thief). While the reactions among the security industry are mixed, with some researchers raising a few questions of the masterwork behind the hack, the story does bring to the public’s attention the necessity of strong, personal, online security policies for all […]
In my last blog post about a week ago, I talked about how Cryptolocker and the like are not dead and we will continue to see more of them in action. It’s a successful “business model” and I don’t see it going away anytime soon. Not even a few days after my post a new encrypting ransomware emerged. This one even targets Russians! Presenting Critroni (aka. Onion) This newest edition of encrypting ransomware uses the same tactics of contemporary variants including: paying through anonymous tor, using Bitcoin as the currency, changing the background, dropping instructions in common directories on how to pay the scam. […]
Recently in the news the FBI filed a status report updating on the court-authorized measures to neutralize GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker. While the report states that “all or nearly all” of the active computers infected with GameOver Zeus have been liberated from the criminals’ control, they also stated that Cryptolocker is “effectively non-functional and unable to encrypt newly infected computers.” Their reasoning for this is that Cryptolocker has been neutralized by the disruption and cannot communicate with the command and control servers to receive instructions or send RSA keys after encryption. Read more here While seizing the majority of the […]
Recently we’ve seen a big change in the encrypting ransomware family and we’re going to shed light on some of the newest variants and the stages of evolution that have led the high profile malware to where it is today. For those that aren’t aware of what encrypting ransomware is, its a cryptovirus that encrypts all your data from local hard drives, network shared drives, removable hard drives and USB. The encryption is done using an RSA -2048 asymmetric public key which makes decryption without the key impossible. Paying the ransom will net you the key which in turn leads to getting […]
Top Predictions for 2014 FBI/ICE MoneyPak Cryptolocker Rogues As this year comes to a close we’ve seen some measurable progress on the infiltration techniques for malware. We’re going to give you some insight into some of the top threats of 2013 and what it could mean for 2014. FBI/ICE MoneyPak We saw some frightening improvements with Ransomware this year. FBI/ICE MoneyPak or Win32.Reveton was a huge hit to the PC community. Although first seen in 2012 it wasn’t until 2013 that it was tweaked to be one of the most annoying and difficult Ransomware to remove. Once dropped on your […]
Recently we heard of a rogue fake antivirus that takes screenshots and webcam images in an attempt to further scare you into succumbing to it’s scam. We gathered a sample and sure enough, given some time it will indeed use the webcam and take a picture of what’s in front of the camera at that time. This variant is called “Antivirus Security Pro” and it’s as nasty as you can get. The rogue locks down any of the Advanced Boot Options: Safe Mode, Safe mode with Networking, Safe mode with Command prompt, directory services restore mode, ect. As soon as […]
Microsoft recently came out with an update to its Windows 8 that seems to be causing many users some issues, especially users of the new Surface and Surface Pro. Tyler also covers a new scheme to get access to your Pinterest account through a spoofed e-mail.
In this episode of ThreatVlog, Tyler Moffitt talks about the 2 million user hack that Vodafone experienced last week, which investigators are saying is an inside job. He also goes into the arrest of Superhacker out of Argentina, who turned computers into zombies and was able to steal $50,000 a month from users. And in big news, Grand Theft Auto V was released today, and already torrents are being discovered packed full of malware and phishing schemes.