Posts Tagged: social engineering


Managed Malicious Java Applets Hosting Service Spotted in the Wild

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In a series of blog posts, we’ve been profiling the tactics and DIY tools of novice cybercriminals, whose malicious campaigns tend to largely rely on social engineering techniques, on their way to trick users into thinking that they’ve been exposed to a legitimate Java applet window. These very same malicious Java applets, continue representing a popular infection vector among novice cybercriminals, who remain the primary customers of the DIY tools/attack platforms that we’ve been profiling. In this post, I’ll discuss a popular service, that’s exclusively offering hosting services for malicious Java applets.

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DIY automatic cybercrime-friendly ‘redirectors generating’ service spotted in the wild

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Redirectors are a popular tactic used by cybercriminal on their way to trick Web filtering solutions. And just as we’ve seen in virtually ever segment of the underground marketplace, demand always meets supply. A newly launched, DIY ‘redirectors’ generating service, aims to make it easier for cybercriminals to hide the true intentions of their campaign through the use of ‘bulletproof redirector domains’. Let’s take a peek inside the cybercriminal’s interface, list all the currently active redirectors, as well as the actual pseudo-randomly generated redirection URLs. More details:

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Fake ‘Apple Store Gift Card’ themed emails serve client-side exploits and malware

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Apple Store users, beware! A currently ongoing malicious spam campaign is attempting to trick users into thinking that they’ve successfully received a legitimate ‘Gift Card’ worth $200. What’s particularly interesting about this campaign is that the cybercriminal(s) behind it are mixing the infection vectors by relying on both a malicious attachment and a link to the same malware found in the malicious emails. Users can become infected by either executing the attachment or by clicking on the client-side exploits serving link found in the emails. More details:

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Cybercriminals spamvertise fake ‘O2 U.K MMS’ themed emails, serve malware

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British users, watch what you execute on your PCs! An ongoing malicious spam campaign is impersonating U.K’s O2 mobile carrier, in an attempt to trick its customers into executing a fake ‘MMS message” attachment found in the emails. Once socially engineered users do so, their PCs automatically join the botnet operated by the cybercriminal/gang of cybercriminals whose activities we continue to monitor. More details:

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Fake ‘iPhone Picture Snapshot Message’ themed emails lead to malware

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We’ve just intercepted a currently circulating malicious spam campaign that’s attempting to trick iPhone owners into thinking that they’ve received a ‘picture snapshot message’. Once users execute the malicious attachment, their PCs automatically join the botnet operated by the cybercriminal/gang of cybercriminals, whose activities we’ve been closely monitoring over the last couple of months. 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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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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Rogue ads targeting German users lead to Win32/InstallBrain PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application)

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German Web users, watch what you install on your PCs! Our sensors just picked up yet another rogue/deceptive ad campaign enticing visitors to install the bogus PC performance enhancing software known as ‘PCPerformer’, which in reality is a Potentially Unwanted Application (PUA), that tricks users into installing (the Delta Toolbar in particular) on their PCs. More details:

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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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Tens of thousands of spamvertised emails lead to the Win32/PrimeCasino PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application)

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By Dancho Danchev Looking for legitimate online gambling services? You may want to skip the rogue online casinos that I’ll highlight in this post. Over the past few days, we intercepted multiple spam campaigns launched by the same party, enticing users into downloading fake online casinos most commonly known as the Win32/PrimeCasino/Win32/Casonline PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application). More details:

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