Posts Tagged: social engineering


Historical OSINT – The ‘Boston Marathon explosion’ and ‘Fertilizer plant explosion in Texas’ themed malware campaigns

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Following the recent events, opportunistic cybercriminals have been spamvertising tens of thousands of malicious emails in an attempt to capitalize on on the latest breaking news. We’re currently aware of two “Boston marathon explosion” themed campaigns that took place last week, one of which is impersonating CNN, and another is using the “fertilizer plant exposion in Texas” theme, both of which redirect to either the RedKit or the market leading Black Hole Exploit Kit. Let’s profile the campaigns that took place last week, with the idea to assist in the ongoing attack attribution process. More details:

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American Airlines ‘You can download your ticket’ themed emails lead to malware

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By Dancho Danchev Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising tens of thousands of emails impersonating American Airlines in an attempt to trick its customers into thinking that they’ve received a download link for their E-ticket. Once they download and execute the malicious attachment, their PCs automatically join the botnet operated by the cybercriminal/gang of cybercriminals behind the campaign. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘Your order for helicopter for the weekend’ themed emails lead to malware

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Cybercriminals are currently mass mailing tens of thousands of emails, in an attempt to trick users into thinking that the order for their “air transportation services has been accepted and processed”. In reality though, once users execute the malicious attachments, their PCs will automatically become part of the botnet managed by the malicious actors. More details:

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Madi/Mahdi/Flashback OS X connected malware spreading through Skype

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Over the past few days, we intercepted a malware campaign that spreads through Skype messages, exclusively coming from malware-infected friends or colleagues. Once users click on the shortened link, they’ll be exposed to a simple file download box, with the cybercriminals behind the campaign directly linking to the malicious executable. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘Re: Changelog as promised’ themed emails lead to malware

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We have recently intercepted a malicious spam campaign, that’s attempting to trick users into thinking that they’ve received a non-existent “changelog.” Once gullible and socially engineered users execute the malicious attachment, their PCs automatically become part of the botnet operated by the cybercriminal/gang of cybercriminals. More details:

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DIY Java-based RAT (Remote Access Tool) spotted in the wild

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While the authors/support teams of some of the market leading Web malware exploitation kits are competing on their way to be the first kit to introduce a new exploit on a mass scale, others, largely influenced by the re-emergence of the DIY (do-it-yourself) trend across the cybercrime ecosystem, continue relying on good old fashioned social engineering attacks. In this post, I’ll profile a beneath-the-radar type of DIY Java-based botnet building tool, which is served through the usual unsigned, yet malicious Java applet. More details:

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‘Terminated Wire Transfer Notification/ACH File ID” themed malicious campaigns lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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A couple of days ago our sensors picked up two separate malicious email campaigns, both impersonating Data Processing Services, that upon successful client-side exploitation (courtesy of the Black Hole Exploit Kit), drops an identical piece of malicious software. Let’s dissect the campaigns, expose the malicious domains portfolio, connect them to previously profiled malicious campaigns, and analyze the behavior of the dropped malware. More details:

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‘ADP Payroll Invoice’ themed emails lead to malware

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Over the past week, we intercepted a massive ‘ADP Payroll Invoice” themed malicious spam campaign, enticing users into executing a malicious file attachment. Once users execute the sample, it downloads additional pieces of malware on the affected host, compromising the integrity, and violating the confidentiality of the affected PC. More details:

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Malicious ‘BBC Daily Email’ Cyprus bailout themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising tens of thousands of malicious emails impersonating BBC News, in an attempt to trick users into thinking that someone has shared a Cyprus bailout themed news item with them. Once users click on any of the links found in the fake emails, they’re automatically exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:

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Fake ‘CNN Breaking News Alerts’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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By Dancho Danchev Cybercriminals are currently mass mailing tens of thousands malicious ‘CNN Breaking News’ themed emails, in an attempt to trick users into clicking on the exploit-serving and malware-dropping links found within. Once users click on any of the links found in the bogus emails, they’re automatically exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit. More details:

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