Posts Categorized: Exploits


Bogus Facebook ‘pending notifications’ themed emails serve client-side exploits and malware

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Facebook users, watch out! A recently launched malicious spam campaign is impersonating Facebook, Inc. in an attempt to trick its one billion users into thinking that they’ve received a notification alerting them on activities they may have missed on Facebook. Upon clicking on any of the links found in the email, users are exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:

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Multiple ‘Inter-company’ invoice themed campaigns serve malware and client-side exploits

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Over the past few weeks, cybercriminals have been persistently spamvertising ‘Inter-company invoice’ themed emails, in an attempt to trick users into viewing the malicious .html attachment, or unpack and execute the malicious binary found in the attached archives. Upon clicking 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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Cybercriminals release stealthy DIY mass iFrame injecting Apache 2 modules

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What would an attacker do if they were attempting to inject malicious iFrames on as many Web sites as possible? Would they rely on search engines’ reconnaissance as a foundation fo their efficient exploitation process, data mine a botnet’s infected population for accounting data related to CPanel, FTP and SSH accounts, purchase access to botnet logs, unethically pen-test a Web property’s infrastructure, or hit the jackpot with an ingenious idea that’s been trending as of recently within the cybercrime ecosystem? No, they wouldn’t rely on any of these. They would just seek access to servers hosting as many domains as possible and efficiently […]

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Cybercriminals spamvertise millions of FDIC ‘Your activity is discontinued’ themed emails, serve client-side exploits and malware

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A currently ongoing spam campaign attempts to trick users into thinking that their ability to send Domestic Wire Transfers has been disabled. Impersonating the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the cybercriminals behind the campaign are potentially earning thousands of dollars in the process of monetizing the anticipated traffic. Once users click on the bogus ‘secure download link’, they’re automatically exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:

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Cybercriminals resume spamvertising ‘Payroll Account Cancelled by Intuit’ themed emails, serve client-side exploits and malware

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Cybercriminals have resumed spamvertising the Intuit Direct Deposit Service Informer themed malicious emails, which we intercepted and profiled earlier this month. While using an identical email template, the cybercriminals behind the campaign have introduced new client-side exploits serving domains, which ultimately lead to the latest version of the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:

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Cybercriminals spamvertise bogus ‘Microsoft License Orders’ serve client-side exploits and malware

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Cybercriminals are currently mass mailing millions of emails impersonating Microsoft Corporation in an attempt to trick users into clicking on a link in a bogus ‘License Order” confirmation email. Upon clicking 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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‘Copies of Missing EPLI Policies’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Attempting to achieve a higher click-through rate for their exploits and malware serving malicious campaign, cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails attempting to trick users into thinking they’ve become part of a private conversation about missing EPLI policies. In reality, clicking on any of the links in the oddly formulated email will expose them to the client-side exploits served by the latest version of the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:

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Bogus IRS ‘Your tax return appeal is declined’ themed emails lead to malware

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In March 2012, we intercepted an IRS themed malicious campaign that was serving client-side exploits to prospective victims in an attempt to drop malware on the affected hosts. This week, we intercepted three consecutive campaigns using the exact same email template used in the March campaign. What has changed? Are the cybercriminals behind these campaigns relying on any new tactics, or are they basically sticking to well proven techniques to infect tens of thousands of socially engineered users? Let’s find out. More details:

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Bogus Better Business Bureau themed notifications serve client-side exploits and malware

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails impersonating the Better Business Bureau (BBB), in an attempt to trick users into clicking on a link to a non-existent report. Upon clicking 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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‘PayPal Account Modified’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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A cybercriminal/group of cybercriminals that’s been responsible for a series of malware attacks that I’ve been recently profiling, continues to systematically rotate the impersonated brands and the actual malicious payload dropped by the market leading Black Hole Exploit Kit. The prospective target of their latest campaign? PayPal users. More details:

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