Posts Tagged: vulnerabilities


Spamvertised AICPA themed emails serve client-side exploits and malware

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Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are a common target for cybercriminals. Throughout 2012, we intercepted several campaigns directly targeting CPAs in an attempt to trick them into clicking on the malicious links found in the emails. Once they click on any of the links, they’re automatically exposed to the client-side exploits served by the latest version of the Black Hole Exploit Kit. In this post, I’ll analyze one of the most recently spamvertised campaigns impersonating the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, also known as AICPA. More details:

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Novel Approach to Malware Discovery in today’s Threat Landscape

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There are a number of similarities between biological viruses and those which infect our PC’s. For one, both types of infections rely on mutations to evade detection and survive. The faster the mutations, the more difficult an infection is to combat. This is because those who spend their time and effort fighting such infections are likely to miss a mutation and therefor lack the chance to create a cure. This point is especially true with traditional antivirus technology where discovery and detection techniques have not kept up with the rapid pace of mutations common in today’s threat landscape. The recent NY […]

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Fake ‘You have made an Ebay purchase’ themed emails lead to client-side exploits and malware

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Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals have launched yet another massive spam campaign, this time impersonating both eBay and PayPal, in an attempt to trick their users into clicking on the client-side exploits and malware serving links found in the malicious emails. More details:

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‘Attention! Changes in the bank reports!’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising tens of thousands of emails in an attempt to impersonate the recipients’ bank, tricking them into thinking that the Ministry of Finance in their country has introduced new rules for records keeping, and that they need to print and sign a non-existent document. Once users click on the links found in the malicious emails, 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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Fake BBB (Better Business Bureau) Notifications lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Cybercriminals have recently launched yet another massive spam campaign, impersonating a rather popular brand used in a decent percentage of social engineering driven email campaigns – the BBB (Better Business Bureau). Once users click on any of the links in the malicious emails, they’re automatically exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit kit. More details:

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Spamvertised ‘Your Recent eBill from Verizon Wireless’ themed emails serve client-side exploits and malware

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Throughout 2012, we intercepted two malicious campaigns impersonating Verizon Wireless in an attempt to trick its customers into clicking on links pointing to fake eBills. It appears that cybercriminals are back in the game, with yet another Verizon Wireless themed malicious campaign, enticing users to click on the malicious link found in the email. Once users click on the link, 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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Fake ‘UPS Delivery Confirmation Failed’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Continuing their well proven social engineering tactic of impersonating the market leading courier services, cybercriminals are currently mass mailing tens of thousands of emails impersonating UPS, in an attempt to trick users into clicking on the malicious links found in the legitimate-looking emails. Once they click on the links, they’re automatically exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit kit. More details:

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Fake ‘Citi Account Alert’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Cybercriminals are currently mass mailing hundreds of thousands of emails impersonating Citi, using two different professionally looking email templates. Upon clicking on any of the links found in the malicious emails, 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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Malicious ‘Sendspace File Delivery Notifications’ lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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Cybercriminals are currently attempting to trick hundreds of thousands of users into clicking on the malicious links found in the currently spamvertised bogus ‘Sendspace File Delivery Notifications‘. Upon clicking on any of the links found in the email, 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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Fake ‘Flight Reservation Confirmations’ themed emails lead to Black Hole Exploit Kit

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In the midst of the holidays season, cybercriminals are currently spamvertising tens of thousands of malicious “Flight Reservation Confirmations“, in an attempt to trick users into clicking on the link found in the fake emails. Once they click 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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