Posts Tagged: social engineering


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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Managed Ransomware-as-a-Service spotted in the wild

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Over the past several quarters, we’ve witnessed the rise of the so called Police Ransomware also known as Reveton. From fully working host lock down tactics, to localization in multiple languages and impersonation of multiple international law enforcement agencies, its authors proved that they have the means and the motivation to continue developing the practice, while earning tens of thousands of fraudulently obtained funds. What’s driving the growth of Police Ransomware? What’s the current state of this market segment? Just how easy is it to start distributing Police Ransomware and earn fraudulently obtained funds in between? In this post, I’ll […]

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Cybercriminals impersonate FDIC, serve client-side exploits and malware

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Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals started spamvertising millions of emails impersonating the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), in an attempt to trick businesses into installing a bogus and non-existent security tool promoted in the emails. Upon clicking on the links, users are exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘US Airways reservation confirmation’ themed emails serve exploits and malware

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising millions of emails impersonating U.S Airways, in an attempt to trick users into clicking on the malicious links found in the legitimately looking emails. Let’s dissect the malicious campaign, and expose its dynamics. More details:

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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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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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