Posts Tagged: cybercrime


‘Malware-infected hosts as stepping stones’ service offers access to hundreds of compromised U.S based hosts

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Malware-infected hosts with clean IP reputation have always been a desirable underground market item. On the majority of occasions, they will either be abused as distribution/infection vector, used as cash cows, or as ‘stepping stones’, risk-forwarding the responsibility, and distorting the attribution process, as well as adding an additional OPSEC (Operational Security) layer to the campaign of the malicious attacker. A newly launched ‘malware-infected hosts as stepping stones’ service, is offering access to Socks5-enabled malware hosts, located primarily in the United States, allowing virtually anyone to route their fraudulent/malicious traffic through these hosts. More details:

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DIY commercially-available ‘automatic Web site hacking as a service’ spotted in the wild

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A newly launched underground market service, aims to automate the unethical penetration testing process, by empowering virtually all of its (paying) customers with what they claim is ‘private exploitation techniques’ capable of compromising any Web site. More details:

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Custom USB sticks bypassing Windows 7/8′s AutoRun protection measure going mainstream

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When Microsoft disabled AutoRun on XP and Vista back in February, 2011, everyone thought this was game over for the bad guys who were abusing the removable media distribution/infection vector in particular. However, pragmatic and market demand-driven opportunistic cybercrime-friendly vendors quickly realized that this has opened up a new business opportunity, that is, if they ever manage to find a way to bypass Microsoft’s AutoRun protection measures. Apparently, they seem to have a found a way to bypass the protection measure by tricking Windows into thinking that the connected USB memory stick is actually a ‘Human Interface Device’ (keyboard for instance), allowing them to (physically) […]

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How much does it cost to buy one thousand Russian/Eastern European based malware-infected hosts?

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By Dancho Danchev For years, many of the primary and market-share leading ‘malware-infected hosts as a service’ providers have become used to selling exclusive access to hosts from virtually the entire World, excluding the sale and actual infection of Russian and Eastern European based hosts. This sociocultural trend was then disrupted by the Carberp gang, which started targeting Russian and Eastern European users, demonstrating that greed knows no boundaries and which ultimately led Russian and Ukrainian law enforcement to the group. What’s the probability that Russian/Eastern European cybercriminals will continue targeting their own fellow citizens in an attempt to monetize the access to their […]

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

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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:

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Newly launched ‘HTTP-based botnet setup as a service’ empowers novice cybercriminals with bulletproof hosting capabilities

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A newly launched managed ‘HTTP-based botnet setup as a service’ aims to attract novice cybercriminals who’ve just purchased their first commercially available malware bot — or managed to obtain a cracked/leaked version of it — but still don’t have the necessary experience to operate, and most importantly, host the command and control server online. More details:

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Yet another commercially available stealth Bitcoin/Litecoin mining tool spotted in the wild

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Cybercriminals continue releasing new, commercially available, stealth Bitcoin/Litecoin mining tools, empowering novice cybercriminals with the ability to start monetizing the malware-infected hosts part of their botnets, or the ones they have access to which they’ve purchased through a third-party malware-infected hosts selling service. What’s so special about the latest mining tool that popped up on our radar? Let’s find out. More details:

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New commercially available Web-based WordPress/Joomla brute-forcing tool spotted in the wild

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Thanks to the fact that users not only continue to use weak passwords, but also, re-use them across multiple Web properties, brute-forcing continues to be an effective tactic in the arsenal of every cybercriminal. With more malicious underground market releases continuing to utilize this technique in an attempt to empower potential cybercriminals with the necessary tools to achieve their objectives, several questions worth discussing emerge in the broader context of trends and fads within the cybercrime ecosystem. What’s the current state of the brute-forcing attack concept? Is it still a relevant attack technique, or have cybercriminals already found more efficient, evasive […]

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

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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:

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

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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:

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