Posts Tagged: security


PayPal ‘Notification of payment received’ themed emails serve malware

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Sticking to their proven tactic of systematically rotating the impersonated brands, cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails impersonating PayPal, in an attempt to trick its users into downloading and executing the malicious attachment found in the legitimate looking email. More details:

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Russian cybercriminals release new DIY DDoS malware loader

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On a daily basis, new market entrants into the cybercrime ecosystem attempt to monetize their coding skills by releasing and branding new DIY DDoS malware loaders. Largely dominated by “me too” features, these DIY malware loaders are purposely released with prices lower than the prices of competing bots, in an attempt by the cybercriminal behind them to gain market share – a necessary prerequisite for a successful long-term oriented business model. In this post, I’ll profile a recently released Russian DDoS malware bot. More details:

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‘Regarding your Friendster password’ themed emails lead to Black Hole exploit kit

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails, impersonating Friendster,  in an attempt to trick its current and prospective users into clicking on a malicious link found in the email. Upon clicking on the link, users are exposed to the client-side exploits served by the latest version of the Black Hole exploit kit. More details:

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Malware campaign spreading via Facebook direct messages spotted in the wild

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Trust is vital, and cybercriminals know that there’s a higher probability that you will click on a link sent by a trusted friend, not from a complete stranger. Yesterday, one of my Facebook friends sent me a direct message indicating that his host has been compromised, and is currently being used to send links to a malicious .zip archive through direct messages to all of his Facebook friends. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘KLM E-ticket’ themed emails serve malware

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KLM customers, beware! Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of legitimate-looking emails, in an attempt to trick current and prospective KLM customers into executing the malicious attachment found in the email. More details:

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American Airlines themed emails lead to the Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals launched yet another massive spam campaign, this time impersonating American Airlines in an attempt to trick its customers into clicking on a malicious link found in the mail. Upon clicking on the link, users are exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit v2.0 More details:

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Cybercriminals spamvertise ‘Amazon Shipping Confirmation’ themed emails, serve client-side exploits and malware

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Over the past week, cybercriminals have been spamvertising millions of emails impersonating Amazon.com in an attempt to trick customers into thinking that they’ve received a Shipping Confirmation for a Vizio XVT3D04, HD 40-Inch 720p 100 Hz Cinema 3D LED-LCD HDTV FullHD and Four Pairs of 3D Glasses. Once users click on any of the links found in the malicious email, they’re automatically exposed to the client-side exploits served by the latest version of the Black Hole Exploit kit. More details:

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‘Your video may have illegal content’ themed emails serve malware

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails impersonating Google’s YouTube team, in an attempt to  trick end and corporate users into executing the malicious attachment found in the email. Upon execution, the samples opens a backdoor on the affected host, allowing full access to the targeted host by the cybercriminals behind the campaign. More details:

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