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    While we encounter a wide variety of threats on a regular basis, sometimes we come across those that are truly unusual. This is one of them: it appears to be a PHP backdoor delivered via spammed emails. At first glance, this threat appears to be a fairly typical malicious spam email: it pretends to be a notification from Visa that the user's card has been suspended. Figure 1. Fake email notification The body of the email itself appears to be blank. Neither a malicious ...

    Posted in Malware, Spam |



    Last week, in the previous part of this post, we went over the behavior of Control Panel (CPL) malware before the actual infection. In this second part, we go over what happens after the malware has reached a system. (Note: much of this analysis was carried out with Deep Discovery Advisor, so some of the screenshots will have been taken from this product.) This particular CPL malware (detected as TROJ_BANLOAD.ZAA) appears to be targeted at Windows 7 users - specifically, those using ...

    Posted in Malware, Spam |



    As more countries join in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, we are seeing cybercriminals use this highly talked-about topic to unleash different online threats. One involves a fake video about this flight, which we believe is spreading via email. The video is supposedly a five-minute clip about MH70 named Malaysian Airlines MH370 5m Video.exe. In reality, it is a backdoor detected as detected as BKDR_OTOPROXY.WR. As is the case with most backdoors, this malware allows a remote attacker to ...

    Posted in Bad Sites, Malware, Spam |



    Rockstar Games' latest offering for the videogame industry, open-world crime simulator Grand Theft Auto V, came out several months ago for consoles to fanfare and anticipation. Unsurprisingly, people have been waiting for the PC version, despite Rockstar Games being very mum about its release date (or even its existence). This uncertainty did not stop cybercriminals from taking advantage of the pre-release publicity. We recently found a spam campaign making the rounds; this one claims that the user has been invited to the ...

    Posted in Malware, Spam |



    Recently, a mass stabbing incident in Kunming, China left 29 victims dead. We came across an email which used this incident as social engineering bait. To appear legitimate, the message talks about the incident at length and cites several news outlets as its sources. It encourages the user to open the attached document for more information. The document is entitled “Violent terror attack,” probably named as such to pique the recipient’s interest. Figure 1. Spammed message The attached document is actually malicious, and ...

    Posted in Malware, Spam, Targeted Attacks |


     

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