Posts Categorized: social engineering


Fake ‘Copy of Vodafone U.K Contract/Your Monthly Vodafone Bill is Ready/New MMS Received’ themed emails lead to malware

by

Cybercriminals continue targeting U.K based Internet users in an attempt to trick them into thinking that they’ve received a legitimate email from Vodafone U.K. We’ve intercepted two, currently circulating, malicious spam campaign that once again impersonate Vodafone U.K, this time relying on a bogus “Copy of Vodafone U.K” themed messages, the ubiquitous ‘MMS Message Received‘ campaign, as well as the most recent ‘Your Monthly Vondafone Bill is Ready‘ theme. More details:

Continue Reading »

Rogue ads targeting German users lead to Win32/InstallBrain PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application)

by

German Web users, watch what you install on your PCs! Our sensors just picked up yet another rogue/deceptive ad campaign enticing visitors to install the bogus PC performance enhancing software known as ‘PCPerformer’, which in reality is a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA), that tricks users into installing (the Delta Toolbar in particular) on their PCs. More details:

Continue Reading »

Spamvertised ‘Vodafone U.K MMS ID/Fake Sage 50 Payroll’ themed emails lead to (identical) malware

by

We’ve intercepted two, currently circulating, malicious spam campaigns enticing users into executing the malicious attachments found in the fake emails. This time the campaigns are impersonating Vodafone U.K or pretending to be a legitimate email generated by Sage 50′s Payroll software. More details:

Continue Reading »

Tens of thousands of spamvertised emails lead to the Win32/PrimeCasino PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application)

by

By Dancho Danchev Looking for legitimate online gambling services? You may want to skip the rogue online casinos that I’ll highlight in this post. Over the past few days, we intercepted multiple spam campaigns launched by the same party, enticing users into downloading fake online casinos most commonly known as the Win32/PrimeCasino/Win32/Casonline PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). More details:

Continue Reading »

Fake ‘iGO4 Private Car Insurance Policy Amendment Certificate’ themed emails lead to malware

by

In a clear demonstration of low QA (Quality Assurance) applied to an ongoing malicious spam campaign, the cybercriminals behind the recently profiled ‘Cybercriminals spamvertise tens of thousands of fake ‘Your Booking Reservation at Westminster Hotel’ themed emails, serve malware‘ campaign, have launched yet another spam campaign. Despite the newly introduced themed attempting to trick users into thinking that they’ve received a ‘iGO4 Private Car Insurance Policy Amendment Certificate‘, the cybercriminals behind it didn’t change the malicious binary from the previous campaign. More details:

Continue Reading »

Cybercriminals spamvertise tens of thousands of fake ‘Your Booking Reservation at Westminster Hotel’ themed emails, serve malware

by

By Dancho Danchev Cybercriminals are currently mass mailing tens of thousands of fake emails impersonating the Westminster Hotel, in an attempt to trick users into thinking that they’ve received a legitimate booking confirmation. In reality through, once the socially engineered users execute the malicious attachments, their PCs automatically join the botnet operated by the cybercriminals behind the campaign. More details:

Continue Reading »

Spamvertised ‘Export License/Invoice Copy’ themed emails lead to malware

by

By Dancho Danchev We’ve just intercepted a currently circulating malicious spam campaign consisting of tens of thousands of fake ‘Export License/Invoice Copy’ themed emails, enticing users into executing the malicious attachment. Once the socially engineered users do so, their PCs automatically become part of the botnet operated by the cybercriminals behind the campaign. More details:

Continue Reading »

Deceptive ads targeting German users lead to the ‘W32/SomotoBetterInstaller’ Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA)

by

We’ve just intercepted yet another campaign serving deceptive ads, this time targeting German-speaking users into downloading and installing the privacy-invading ‘FLV Player’ Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA), part of Somoto’s pay-per-install network. More details:

Continue Reading »

How cybercriminals create and operate Android-based botnets

by

On their way to acquire the latest and coolest Android game or application, end users with outdated situational awareness on the latest threats facing them often not only undermine the confidentiality and integrity of their devices, but also, can unknowingly expose critical business data to the cybercriminals who managed to infect their devices. How are cybercriminals achieving this in times when Google is automatically scanning all submissions to the Google Play store, and is also verifying the applications to prevent the abuse of potential installations from untrusted third-party stores/application download locations? Easier than you to think, especially with the recent […]

Continue Reading »

Rogue ‘Free Codec Pack’ ads lead to Win32/InstallCore Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA)

by

Following last week’s profile of yet another InstallCore Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA) campaign, we detected another rogue ad campaign this week. This time enticing E.U based users into downloading and installing a fake “Free Codec Pack”, with the users sacrificing their privacy in the process due to the additional toolbars that will be installed on their PCs. More details:

Continue Reading »