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    Last April, we reported a KULUOZ spam campaign using the South Korean ferry sinking tragedy, one that came hot at the heels of the actual event itself. KULUOZ, as we tackled during that blog entry, is a malware that is distributed by the Asprox botnet. It can download certain strains of FAKEAV and ZACCESS malware onto the affected system, as well as have the potential to turn that system into a part of the Asprox botnet itself (by installing certain components). ...

    Posted in Bad Sites, Malware, Spam |


    Jun9
    5:04 am (UTC-7)   |    by

    With the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil about to kick off in less than a week, it should be no surprise that phishing sites have intensified their own spam campaigns targeting Brazilians as well. Some of these spam runs are fairly basic, as far as these go. This particular one, for example, tries to lure users with a lottery with a jackpot prize of 5 million Brazilian reais (just short of 2.2 million US dollars). Figure 1. Lottery phishing message A typical phishing attack like ...

    Posted in Bad Sites, Spam |



    In its recent report,  National Police Agency mentioned that the current estimated total cost of unauthorized transactions suffered by Japanese users reached 1.417 billion yen during the period of January-May 2014. In comparison the estimated total damage cost from these kinds of threats was 1.406 billion yen in 2013. Data released by Japanese Bankers Association also gives similar alarming statistics: 21 cases of online banking theft occurred in Q1 2014 compared to 14 cases for the whole of 2013. The damage cost in ...




    We highlighted in our quarterly threat roundup how various ransomware variants and other similar threats like CryptoLocker that now perform additional routines such as using different languages in their warning and stealing funds from cryptocurrency wallets. The addition of  mobile ransomware highlights how these threats are continuously improved over time. We recently encountered another variant that used the Windows PowerShell feature in order to encrypt files. This variant is detected as TROJ_POSHCODER.A.  Typically, cybercriminals and threat actors have used Windows Powershell to go undetected on ...

    Posted in Bad Sites, Malware |



    I wrote a blog entry last week about fraudulent websites that scam users into purchasing tickets to the much-anticipated FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Just recently I found another threat that used the FIFA World Cup as a social engineering hook, this time it involves a banking Trojan. Banking Trojans are popular in the Latin American region so this threat seems rather timely considering the World Cup fever. Customers of an online ticketing website received an email that supposedly offered an ...

    Posted in Bad Sites, Malware, Spam |


     

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