In December, 2012, we intercepted a professional-looking email that was impersonating Facebook Inc. in an attempt to trick its users into thinking that they’ve received an “Account Cancellation Request“. In reality, once users clicked on the links, their hosts were automatically exploited through outdated and already patched client-side vulnerabilities, which dropped malware on the affected PCs.
Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals have resumed spamvertising tens of thousands of legitimate-looking Facebook themed emails, once again using the same social engineering theme.
On a daily basis, we continue to observe the emergence of the DIY (do-it-yourself) trend within the entire cybercrime ecosystem. And although the DIY activity cannot be compared to the malicious impact caused by “cybercrime-as-a-service” managed underground market propositions, it allows virtually anyone to enter the profitable world of cybercrime, thanks to the ongoing leaks of proprietary malware generating tools and freely available alternatives.
In this post, I’ll profile the latest version of a Russian DIY password stealing malware that’s targeting multiple browers, Email, IM, FTP clients, as well as online poker clients.
Users of FedEx’s Online Billing service, watch out!
Cybercriminals are currently mass mailing tens of thousands of emails impersonating the company, in an attempt to trick its customers into clicking on exploits and malware dropping links found in the legitimate-looking emails.
Financial institutions and online payment processors are a common target for cybercriminals, who systematically brand-jack and abuse the reputation of their trusted brands, in an attempt to scam or serve malware to their customers.
Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals have launched yet another spam campaign, impersonating PayPal, in an attempt to trick its users into thinking that they’ve received a “Transaction Confirmation“, which in reality they never really made. Once users click on any of the links found in the malicious emails, they’re exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit.
Over the past 24 hours, cybercriminals have launched yet another massive spam campaign, impersonating LinkedIn, in an attempt to trick its users into clicking on the malicious links found in the bogus “Invitation Notification” themed emails. Once they click on the links, users are automatically exposed to the client-side exploits served by the Black Hole Exploit Kit.
Cybercriminals are currently spamvertising tens of thousands of fake emails, impersonating Intuit, in an attempt to trick its customers and users into clicking on the malicious links found in the emails.
Once users click on any of the links, they’re exposed to the client-side exploits served by the latest version of the Black Hole Exploit Kit, which ultimately drops malware on the affected hosts.
Over the past 24 hours, our sensor networks picked up an interesting website infection affecting a popular Bulgarian website for branded watches, which ultimately redirects and downloads premium rate SMS Android malware on the visiting user devices. The affected Bulgarian website is only the tip of the iceberg, based on the diversified portfolio of malicious domains known to have been launched by the same party that launched the original campaign.
Just as we anticipated on two occasions in 2012, managed email hacking for hire services continue popping-up at publicly accessible cybercrime-friendly communities, a trend that’s largely driven by the demand for such services by unethical competition, “friends”, or current/ex-spouses.
Often pitched as “forgotten password recovery” services, they rely on social engineering, brute-forcing, and spear phishing campaigns, often leading to a successful compromise of a targeted account. Based on the number of positive vouches, the services continue receiving a steady stream off satisfied and verified customers.
In this post, I’ll profile one of the most recently advertised email hacking for hire services, specializing in hacking GMail and Yahoo! accounts, as well as email accounts using popular free Russian email service providers. How much does it cost to hack a Gmail or Yahoo! account? What about corporate email?
With more DIY malware botnets and DIY malware generating tools continuing to leak at public cybercrime-friendly forums, today’s novice cybercriminals have access to sophisticated point’n'click malware generating tools that were once only available in the arsenal of the experienced cybercriminal.
In this post, I’ll profile a recently leaked DIY malware generating tool, discuss its core features, and emphasize on its relevance in the context of the big picture when it comes to ongoing waves of malicious activity we’ve been monitoring over the years.