Posts Categorized: Exploits


Malicious ‘RE: Your Wire Transfer’ themed emails serve client-side exploits and malware

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Over the last couple of days, we’ve been monitoring a persistent attempt to infect tens of thousands of users with malware through a systematic rotation of multiple social engineering themes. What all of these campaigns have in common is the fact that they all share the same malicious infrastructure. Let’s profile one of the most recently spamvertised campaigns, and expose the cybercriminals’ complete portfolio of malicious domains, their related name servers, dropped MD5 and its associated run time behavior. More details:

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Spamvertised IRS ‘Income Tax Refund Turned Down’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Its tax season and cybercriminals are mass mailing tens of thousands of IRS (Internal Revenue Service) themed emails in an attempt  to trick users into thinking that their income tax refund has been “turned down”. Once users click on any of the links found in the malicious emails, they’re automatically exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:

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Fake ‘You’ve blocked/disabled your Facebook account’ themed emails serve client-side exploits and malware

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising two separate campaigns, impersonating Facebook Inc., in an attempt to trick its users into thinking that their Facebook account has been disabled. What these two campaigns have in common is the fact that the client-side exploits serving domains are both parked on the same IP. Once users click on any of the links found in the malicious emails, they’re exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:

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‘Your Kindle e-book Amazon receipt’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Kindle owners, watch what you click on! Cybercriminals are currently attempting to trick Kindle owners into thinking that they’ve received a receipt from an E-book purchase from Amazon.com. In reality, when users click on any of the links found in the malicious emails, they’re automatically exposed to the  client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:

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Malicious ‘Facebook Account Cancellation Request” themed emails serve client-side exploits and malware

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In December, 2012, we intercepted a professional-looking email that was impersonating Facebook Inc. in an attempt to trick its users into thinking that they’ve received an “Account Cancellation Request“. In reality, once users clicked on the links, their hosts were automatically exploited through outdated and already patched client-side vulnerabilities, which dropped malware on the affected PCs. Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals have resumed spamvertising tens of thousands of legitimate-looking Facebook themed emails, once again using the same social engineering theme. More details:

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Fake ‘FedEx Online Billing – Invoice Prepared to be Paid’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Users of FedEx’s Online Billing service, watch out! Cybercriminals are currently mass mailing tens of thousands of emails impersonating the company, in an attempt to trick its customers into clicking on exploits and malware dropping links found in the legitimate-looking emails. More details:

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Fake Intuit ‘Direct Deposit Service Informer’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising tens of thousands of fake emails, impersonating Intuit, in an attempt to trick its customers and users into clicking on the malicious links found in the emails. Once users click on any of the links, they’re exposed to the client-side exploits served by the latest version of the Black Hole Exploit Kit, which ultimately drops malware on the affected hosts. More details:

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‘Batch Payment File Declined’ EFTPS themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Cybercriminals are currently mass mailing tens of thousands of emails, impersonating the EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System), in an attempt to trick its users into clicking on exploits and malware serving malicious links found in the emails. More details:

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Fake ‘ADP Speedy Notifications’ lead to client-side exploits and malware

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Over the past week, cybercriminals have resumed spamvertising fake “ADP Immediate Notifications” in an attempt to trick users into clicking on the malicious links found in the emails. The links point to the latest version of the Black Hole Exploit Kit, and consequently, exploit CVE-2013-0422, affecting the latest version of Java. With no fix for this vulnerability currently available, users are advised  to disable Java immediately. More details:

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