Posts Categorized: Exploits


‘American Express Alert: Your Transaction is Aborted’ themed emails serve client-side exploits and malware

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American Express cardholders, beware! Over the past week, cybercriminals mass mailed millions of emails impersonating American Express, in an attempt to trick its customers into clicking on the malicious links found in the emails. Upon clicking on any of the links, users are redirected to a malicious URL serving cllient-side exploits courtesy of the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:

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‘Payroll Account Holded by Intuit’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Intuit users, beware! Cybercriminals are currently mass mailing millions of emails impersonating Intuit’s Direct Deposit Service, in an attempt to trick its users into clicking on the malicious links found in the legitimate-looking emails. Upon clicking on any of them, 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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‘Your Discover Card Services Blockaded’ themed emails serve client-side exploits and malware

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails impersonating Discover, in an attempt to trick cardholders into clicking on the client-side exploits serving URLs found in the malicious emails. Upon clicking on the links, 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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‘Fwd: Scan from a Xerox W. Pro’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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On a periodic basis, malicious cybercriminals spamvertise millions of emails attempting to trick end users into thinking that they’ve received a scanned document. Upon clicking on the links found in these emails, or viewing the malicious .html attachment, users are automatically exposed to the client-side exploits served by the latest version of the Black Hole Exploit Kit. In this post, I will profile two currently circulating malicious campaigns. The first is mimicking a Xerox Pro printer, and the second is claiming to be a legitimate Wire Transfer. Both of these campaigns point to the same client-side exploits serving URL, indicating […]

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‘ADP Immediate Notification’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Newsflash, the cybercriminals behind the recently profiled malicious campaign impersonating Bank of America, launched yet another massive spam campaign, this time targeting ADP customers. Upon clicking on the link found in the malicious email, 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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BofA ‘Online Banking Passcode Reset’ themed emails serve client-side exploits and malware

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Cybercriminals are currently mass mailing millions of emails, in an attempt to trick Bank of America customers into clicking on the exploit and malware-serving link found in the spamvertised email. Relying on bogus “Online Banking Passcode Changed” notifications and professionally looking email templates, the campaign is the latest indication of the systematic rotation of impersonated brands in an attempt to cover as many market segments as possible. More details:

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Nuclear Exploit Pack goes 2.0

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In times when the market leading Black Hole Exploit Kit continues to gain market share, competing products are prone to emerge. What is the competition up to? Has it managed to differentiate itself from the market leading product or is it basically a “me too” exploit kit lacking any significant features worth emphasizing on? In this post, I’ll profile the recently advertised Nuclear Exploit Pack v.2.0, elaborate on its features, and discuss whether or not it has the potential to outpace the market leader (Black Hole Exploit Kit) in terms of market share. More details:

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Cybercriminals impersonate Verizon Wireless, serve client-side exploits and malware

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Verizon Wireless customers, beware! For over a week now, cybercriminals have been persistently spamvertising millions of emails impersonating the company, in an attempt to trick current and prospective customers into clicking on the client-side exploits and malware serving links found in the malicious email. Upon clicking on any of the links, 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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‘Regarding your Friendster password’ themed emails lead to Black Hole exploit kit

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails, impersonating Friendster,  in an attempt to trick its current and prospective users into clicking on a malicious link found in the 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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