Posts Tagged: Affiliate Networks


Socks4/Socks5 enabled hosts as a service introduces affiliate network based revenue sharing scheme

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Thanks to the commercial and public availability of DIY (do-it-yourself) modular malware/botnet generating tools, the diverse market segment for Web malware exploitating kits, as well as traffic acquiring/distributing cybercrime-friendly traffic exchanges, cybercriminals continue populating the cybercrime ecosystem with newly launched services offering API-enabled access to Socks4/Socks5 compromised/hacked hosts. Largely relying on the ubiquitous affiliate network revenue sharing/risk-forwarding scheme, vendors of these services, as well as products with built-in Socks4/Socks5 enabled features, continue acquiring new customers and gaining market share to further capitalize on their maliciously obtained assets. We’ve recently spotted a newly launched affiliate network for a long-run — since 2004 […]

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Fake ‘You have missed emails’ GMail themed emails lead to pharmaceutical scams

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Pharmaceutical scammers are currently mass mailing tens of thousands of fake emails, impersonating Google’s GMail in an attempt to trick its users into clicking on the links found in the spamvertised emails. Once users click on them, they’re automatically exposed to counterfeit pharmaceutical items, with the scammers behind the campaign attempting to capitalize on the ‘impulsive purchase’ type of social engineering tactic typical for this kind of campaign.

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Affiliate network for mobile malware impersonates Google Play, tricks users into installing premium-rate SMS sending rogue apps

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Affiliate networks are an inseparable part of the cybercrime ecosystem. Largely based on their win-win revenue sharing model, throughout the years, they’ve successfully established themselves as a crucial part of the cybercrime growth model, further ensuring that a cybercriminal will indeed receive a financial incentive for his fraudulent/malicious activities online. From pharmaceutical affiliate networks, iPhone selling affiliate networks, to affiliate networks for pirated music and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) software, cybercriminals continue to professionally monetize each and every aspect of the underground marketplace, on their way to harness the experience, know-how and traffic acquisitions capabilities of fellow cybercriminals. In this […]

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iLivid ads lead to ‘Searchqu Toolbar/Search Suite’ PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application)

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By Dancho Danchev Our sensors recently picked up an advertisement using Yieldmanager’s ad network, enticing users into downloading the iLivid PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application) on their PCs. Operated by Bandoo Media Inc., the application installs the privacy invading “Searchqu Toolbar”. More details:

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Pharmaceutical scammers impersonate Facebook’s Notification System, entice users into purchasing counterfeit drugs

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By Dancho Danchev Opportunistic pharmaceutical scammers are currently spamvertising tens of thousands of bogus emails impersonating Facebook’s Notification System in an attempt to trick users into clicking on the links, supposedly coming from a trusted source. Once users click on the links found in the fake emails, they’re exposed to counterfeit pharmaceutical items available for purchase without a prescription. More details:

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Pharmaceutical scammers spamvertise YouTube themed emails, entice users into purchasing counterfeit drugs

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Pharmaceutical scammers are currently spamvertising a YouTube themed email campaign, attempting to socially engineer users into clicking on the links found in the legitimately looking emails. Upon clicking on the fake YouTube personal message notification, users are redirected to a website reselling popular counterfeit drugs. The cybercriminals behind the campaign then earn revenue through an affiliate network. 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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From Russia with iPhone selling affiliate networks

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With affiliate networks continuing to represent among the few key growth factors of the cybercrime ecosystem, it shouldn’t be surprising that cybercriminals continue introducing new services and goods with questionable quality and sometimes unknown origins on the market, with the idea to entice potential network participants into monetizing the traffic they can deliver through black hat SEO (Search Engine Optimization), malvertising, and spam campaigns. In this post, I’ll profile a recently launched affiliate network selling iPhones that primarily targets Russian-speaking customers, and emphasizes the traffic acquisition scheme used by one of the network’s participants. More details:

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Cybercriminals infiltrate the music industry by offering full newly released albums for just $1

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Next to commodity underground goods and services such as managed spam, harvested email databases, boutique cybercrime-friendly services, services offering access to hacked PCs, managed malware crypting on demand, and managed email hacking as a service, the cybercrime ecosystem is also a thriving marketplace for stolen intellectual property, such as music releases. In this post I’ll profile a recently launched affiliate network for pirated music, offering up to 35% revenue sharing schemes with the cybercriminals that start reselling the stolen releases which undercut the official music marketplaces prices in an attempt to increase their profits. More details:

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