How phishers launch phishing attacks

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Just like in every other industry, participants in the cybercrime ecosystem are no strangers to the concept of standardization. Standardization results in efficiencies, which on the other hand results in economies of scale. In this case, malicious economies of scale. Just how easy is it to launch a phishing attack nowadays? What tools, and tactics are at the disposal of phishers aiming to efficiently socially engineer hundreds of thousands of users? In this post, I will profile the Ninja V0.4 Social Engineering Phishing Framework – an advanced platform  for executing phishing attacks in a DIY (do-it-yourself) fashion.

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A peek inside the Umbra malware loader

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The thriving cybercrime underground marketplace has a lot to offer. From DIY botnet builders, DIY DDoS platforms, to platforms for executing clickjacking and likejacking campaigns, next to drive-by malware attacks, the ecosystem is always a step ahead of the industry established to fight back. Continuing the “A peek inside…” series, in this post I will profile yet another freely available DIY Botnet building tool – the Umbra Malware Loader.

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How malware authors evade antivirus detection

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Aiming to ensure that their malware doesn’t end up in the hands of vendors and researchers, cybercriminals are actively experimenting with different quality assurance processes whose objective is to increase the probability of their campaigns successfully propagating in the wild without detection. Some of these techniques include multiple offline antivirus scanning interfaces offering the cybercriminal a guarantee that their malicious program would remain undetected, before they launch their malicious campaign in the wild. In the wild since 2006, Kim’s Multiple Antivirus Scanner is still actively used among cybercriminals wanting to ensure that their malicious software is pre-scanned against the signature-based scanning techniques […]

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Inside AnonJDB – a Java based malware distribution platforms for drive-by downloads

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by Dancho Danchev With the even decreasing prices of underground tools and services, thanks to the commoditization of these very same market items, the price for renting a botnet, or purchasing access to already infected hosts, is constantly decreasing. Although the majority of cybercriminals are actively exploiting end and corporate users while using client-side vulnerabilities in outdated third-party applications and browser plugins, there’s a separate branch of cybercriminals who specialize in delivering their payload using nothing else but good old fashioned social engineering attacks. Following my previous post Inside a clickjacking/likejacking scam distribution platform for Facebook, in this post I will profile […]

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Zappos.com hacked, 24 million users affected

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by Dancho Danchev According to an internal memo issued by Zappos, the shoe-and-apparel-selling division of Amazon has been breached by unknown cyber attackers, leading to the compromised accounts of over 24 million users. The company has indicated that names, email addresses, mailing addresses, and the last four digits of customer’s credit card numbers have been compromised. More info on the attack, including a copy of the internal memo:

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Inside a clickjacking/likejacking scam distribution platform for Facebook

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by Dancho Danchev How would you convert Facebook users into slaves participating in clickjacking and likejackings scams, next to using them to spamvertise your latest event promotion message? Presumably by using one of the clickjacking/likejacking distribution platforms promising 100 slaves per day that I will profile in this post.

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A peek inside the Cythosia v2 DDoS Bot

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by Dancho Danchev With DDoS extortion and DDoS for hire attacks proliferating, next to the ever decreasing price for renting a botnet, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that cybercriminals are constantly experimenting with new DDoS tools. In this post, I’ll profile a newly released DDoS bot, namely v2 of the Cythosia DDoS bot.

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A peek inside the PickPocket Botnet

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by Dancho Danchev Malicious attackers quickly adapt to emerging trends, and therefore constantly produce new malicious releases. One of these recently released underground tools, is the PickPocket Botnet, a web-based command and control interface for controlling a botnet. Let’s review its core features, and find out just how easy it is to purchase it within the cybercrime ecosystem.

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