The latter half of 2016 saw a major shift in the exploit kit landscape, with many established kits suddenly dropping operations or switching business models. Angler, which has dominated the market since 2015, suddenly went silent. We tracked 3.4 million separate Angler attacks on our clients in the first quarter of 2016, and the rate…Read More
April 2016 was a great month for putting cybercriminals in prison. On April 12 Paunch, the creator of the infamous Blackhole exploit kit, was sentenced to seven years in a Russian prison. This was soon followed by Aleksandr Panin, the creator of SpyEye: he was sentenced by a United States federal court to nine and a half years in prison for his role in creating SpyEye. One of his partners, Hamza Bendelladj, was sentenced to fifteen years.
The most recent case involved Esthost, a company we know very well from our research. Vladimir Tsastsin became the latest member of the Esthost gang to be sentenced to jail; he will spend more than 7 years in prison. He was also ordered to forfeit more than $2.5 million in property.Read More
In the past few weeks we’ve noticed a problematic pattern developing: the increasing use of exploit kits in malvertising. In particular, zero-day exploits (usually seen first in targeted attacks) are now being deployed in malicious ads right away, instead of first being used in targeted attacks against enterprises or other large organizations. This is a…Read More
The malware UPATRE was gained much prominence following the demise of the Blackhole Exploit kit. It was since known as one of the top malware seen attached to spammed messages and continues to be so all throughout 2014 with particularly high numbers seen in the fourth quarter of the year. We have released our annual roundup…Read More
Around this time in 2013, the most commonly used exploit kit – the Blackhole Exploit Kit – was shut down after its creator, Paunch, was arrested by law enforcement. Since then, a variety of exploit kits has emerged and have been used by cybercriminals. The emergence of so many replacements has also meant that there…Read More