Posts Categorized: Botnet activity


Russian cybercriminals release new DIY DDoS malware loader

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On a daily basis, new market entrants into the cybercrime ecosystem attempt to monetize their coding skills by releasing and branding new DIY DDoS malware loaders. Largely dominated by “me too” features, these DIY malware loaders are purposely released with prices lower than the prices of competing bots, in an attempt by the cybercriminal behind them to gain market share – a necessary prerequisite for a successful long-term oriented business model. In this post, I’ll profile a recently released Russian DDoS malware bot. 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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Malware campaign spreading via Facebook direct messages spotted in the wild

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Trust is vital, and cybercriminals know that there’s a higher probability that you will click on a link sent by a trusted friend, not from a complete stranger. Yesterday, one of my Facebook friends sent me a direct message indicating that his host has been compromised, and is currently being used to send links to a malicious .zip archive through direct messages to all of his Facebook friends. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘KLM E-ticket’ themed emails serve malware

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KLM customers, beware! Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of legitimate-looking emails, in an attempt to trick current and prospective KLM customers into executing the malicious attachment found in the email. More details:

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American Airlines themed emails lead to the Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals launched yet another massive spam campaign, this time impersonating American Airlines in an attempt to trick its customers into clicking on a malicious link found in the mail. Upon clicking on the link, users are exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit v2.0 More details:

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Cybercriminals spamvertise ‘Amazon Shipping Confirmation’ themed emails, serve client-side exploits and malware

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Over the past week, cybercriminals have been spamvertising millions of emails impersonating Amazon.com in an attempt to trick customers into thinking that they’ve received a Shipping Confirmation for a Vizio XVT3D04, HD 40-Inch 720p 100 Hz Cinema 3D LED-LCD HDTV FullHD and Four Pairs of 3D Glasses. Once users click on any of the links found in the malicious email, they’re automatically exposed to the client-side exploits served by the latest version of the Black Hole Exploit kit. More details:

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‘Your video may have illegal content’ themed emails serve malware

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails impersonating Google’s YouTube team, in an attempt to  trick end and corporate users into executing the malicious attachment found in the email. Upon execution, the samples opens a backdoor on the affected host, allowing full access to the targeted host by the cybercriminals behind the campaign. More details:

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Cybercriminals impersonate UPS, serve client-side exploits and malware

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Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals spamvertised millions of email addresses, impersonating UPS, in an attempt to trick end users into viewing the malicious .html attachment. Upon viewing, the file loads a tiny iFrame attempting to serve client-side exploit served by the latest version of the Black Hole Exploit kit, which ultimately drops malware on the affected host. More details:

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‘Vodafone Europe: Your Account Balance’ themed emails serve malware

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails, impersonating Vodafone Europe, in an attempt to trick their customers into executing the malicious file attachment found in the email. More details:

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New Russian DIY DDoS bot spotted in the wild

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Over the last couple of years, the modular and open source nature of today’s modern DDoS (distributed denial of service) bots inevitably resulted in the rise of the DDoS for hire and DDoS extortion monetization schemes within the cybercrime ecosystem. These maturing business models require constant innovation on behalf of the cybercriminals providing the easy to use and manage DIY DDoS bots, the foundation of these business models. What are some of the latest developments in this field? Are the malware coders behind these releases actually innovating, or are they basically re-branding old malware bots and reintroducing them on the […]

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