Posts Tagged: security


Spamvertised ‘Your Fedex invoice is ready to be paid now’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit kit

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Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals have launched yet another massive spam run, this time impersonating FedEx in an attempt to trick its customers into clicking on a malware and exploits-serving URL found in the malicious email. More details:

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A Primer for Secure Coding in PHP and MySQL

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PHP is an incredibly popular language for creating dynamic web applications — websites such as Facebook are built on it. This can be attributed to many reasons; it is easy to learn, easy to install and does not require the user to compile code. An unfortunate side effect of the ease of development with PHP is a tendency to ignore security during the development process. In this post I will discuss some of the ways to make your PHP apps more secure. I will go through creating a PHP web app that connects to a MySQL back end database. The […]

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New Russian service sells access to thousands of automatically registered accounts

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What happens when a cybercriminal cannot efficiently gain access to thousands of working accounts at popular Web services, either through data mining a botnet’s population, or through phishing campaigns? He’ll just start systematically abusing the legitimate services by automatically and efficiently registering thousands of bogus accounts, thanks to the easy to use India based CAPTCHA-solving operations. In this post I’ll profile a recently launched Russian based service, offering access to thousands of automatically registered accounts at popular Russian social networking sites, and free email services. More details:

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Cybercriminals abuse Skype’s SMS sending feature, release DIY SMS flooders

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Cybercriminals are masters of abusing legitimate infrastructure for their malicious purposes. From phishing sites and Black Hole exploit kit landing URLs hosted on compromised servers, abuse of legitimate web email service providers’ trusted DKIM verified ecosystem, to the systematic release of DIY spamming tools utilizing a publicly obtainable database of user names as potential “touch points”, cybercriminals are on the top of their game. In this post, I’ll profile a recently advertised DIY SMS flooder using Skype’s infrastructure for disseminating the messages, and assess the potential impact it could have on end and corporate users. More details:

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Cybercriminals resume spamvertising bogus greeeting cards, serve exploits and malware

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Remember the recently profiled 123greetings.com themed malicious campaign? It appears that over the past 24 hours, the cybercriminals behind it have resumed spamvertising millions of emails pointing to additional compromised URls in a clear attempt to improve their click-through rates. More details:

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Intuit themed ‘QuickBooks Update: Urgent’ emails lead to Black Hole exploit kit

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It didn’t take long before the cybercriminals behind the recently profiled ‘Intuit Marketplace’ themed campaign resume impersonating Intuit, with a newly launched round consisting of millions of Intuit themed emails. The theme this time? Convincing users that in order to access QuickBooks they would have to install the non-existent Intuit Security Tool. In reality though, clicking on the links points to a Black Hole exploit kit landing URL that ultimately drops malware on the affected hosts. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘Wire Transfer Confirmation’ themed emails lead to Black Hole exploit kit

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Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals started spamvertising millions of emails impersonating the United Parcel Service (UPS) in an attempt to trick end and corporate users into previewing a malicious .html attachment. Upon previewing it, a tiny iFrame attempts to contact a client-side exploits serving a landing URL, courtesy of the Black Hole web malware exploitation kit. More details:

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Cybercriminals impersonate UPS, serve malware

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Cybercriminals are currently mass mailing millions of emails impersonating the United Parcel Service (UPS) in an attempt to trick users into downloading and executing the malicious file hosted on a compromised web site. More details:

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Cybercriminals spamvertise PayPay themed ‘Notification of payment received’ emails, serve malware

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails impersonating PayPal, in an attempt to trick PayPal users into executing the malicious attachment found in the emails. Using ‘Notification of payment received‘ subjects, the campaign is relying on the end user’s gullibility in an attempt to infect them with malware. Once executed, it grants a malicious attacker complete control over the victim’s PC. More details:

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Cybercriminals impersonate Intuit Market, mass mail millions of exploits and malware serving emails

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Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals have spamvertised millions of emails impersonating Intuit Market, in an attempt to trick end and corporate users into clicking on the malicious links found in the emails. Upon clicking on them, users are exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole web malware exploitation kit. More details:

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