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


By Dancho Danchev

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.

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


By Dancho Danchev

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.

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


By Dancho Danchev

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.

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


By Dancho Danchev

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.

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Custom USB sticks bypassing Windows 7/8’s AutoRun protection measure going mainstream


By Dancho Danchev

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) execute custom scripts within 30/40 seconds of connecting the custom USB memory stick to the targeted PC.

From theory into practice, let’s profile their international underground market propositions and discuss the impact these USB sticks could have in today’s bring your own device (BYOD) corporate environment.

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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


By Dancho Danchev

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.

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Rogue ads targeting German users lead to Win32/InstallBrain PUA (Potentially Unwanted Application)


By Dancho Danchev

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.

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