Posts Tagged: cybercrime


A peek inside a boutique cybercrime-friendly E-shop

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The vibrant cybercrime ecosystem is populated by a diverse set of market players. From sellers, to buyers and vendors, sophisticated cybercriminals next to novice cybercriminals, everyone is persistently looking for ways to monetize their assets and increase their revenue. Over the past two years, the industry witnessed the maturing business models in use by cybercriminals, and the rise of the so called cybercrime-as-a-service underground market propositions. Cybercriminals of all kinds have realized that managed services are the future that offer an efficient revenue generating platform for everyone to take advantage of. In this post, I’ll profile a recently advertised boutique […]

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Managed SMS spamming services going mainstream

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Are you receiving SMS spam? According to the latest reports, millions of mobile users do. The trend is largely driven by what Webroot is observing as an increase in underground market propositions offering managed SMS spamming services to new market entrants not interested in building and maintaining the spamming infrastructure on their own. In this post, I’ll profile a recently advertised managed service offering SMS spamming capabilities to potential customers, discuss the latest innovations in this field, their impact to mobile security, and what are some of the key factors contributing to the growth of SMS spam. More details:

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New DIY email harvester released in the wild

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In order for cybercriminals to launch, spam, phishing and targeted attacks, they would first have to obtain access to a “touch point”, in this case, your valid email address, IM screen name, or social networking account. Throughout the years, they’ve been experimenting with multiple techniques to obtain usernames (YouTube user names, IM screen names, Hotmail email addresses) and valid email addresses from unsuspecting end and corporate users. In this post we’ll profile a recently released Russian DIY  email harvester, and emphasize on the difference between notice and experienced cybercriminals in the context of the tactics and techniques they use to obtain a […]

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New underground service offers access to hundreds of hacked PCs

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Want to buy anonymous access to hacked PCs, spam-free SMTP servers (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol), or compromised bank accounts? A newly launched underground Web service, is currently offering access to hundreds of hacked PCs, SMTP servers, and hacked bank accounts. Let’s take a deeper look:

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Spamvertised ‘US Airways’ themed emails serving client-side exploits and malware

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising yet another social-engineering driven malicious email campaign, this time impersonating U.S Airways. Upon clicking on the malicious links found in the emails, end and corporate users are exposed to client-side exploits courtesy of the BlackHole web malware exploitation kit. More details:

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Email hacking for hire going mainstream – part two

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Remember the email hacking for hire service which Webroot extensively profiled in this post “Email hacking for hire going mainstream“? Recently, I stumbled upon another such service, advertised at cybercrime-friendly web forums, offering potential customers the opportunity to hack a particular Mail.ru and Gmail.com email address, using a variety of techniques, such as brute-forcing, phishing, XSS vulnerabilities and social engineering. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘Scan from a Hewlett-Packard ScanJet’ emails lead to client-side exploits and malware

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Security researchers from Webroot have intercepted a currently spamvertised malicious campaign, impersonating Hewlett Packard, and enticing end and corporate users into downloading and viewing a malicious .htm attachment. More details:

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Spamvertised Verizon-themed ‘Your Bill Is Now Available’ emails lead to ZeuS crimeware

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Cybercriminals newest spamvertised malware campaign is brand-jacking Verizon Wireless in an attempt to trick end users into clicking on the malicious links embedded in the email. More details:

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Spamvertised LinkedIn notifications serving client-side exploits and malware

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising LinkedIn themed messages, in an attempt to trick end and corporate users into clicking on the malicious links embedded in the emails. The campaign is using real names of LinkedIn users in an attempt to increase the authenticity of the spamvertised campaign. More details:

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Malicious USPS-themed emails circulating in the wild

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising malicious USPS-themed emails, that entice end and corporate users into clicking on malicious links found in the emails. More details:

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