Despite the 2016 Olympics coming to a close, cybercriminals remain relentless in using the sporting event as a social engineering hook to distribute a banking Trojan. Earlier this month, we spotted a phishing campaign that led victims to unknowingly download the Banker malware. Although Banker has been in the wild for years, this time we see it using a Dynamic Loading Library (DLL) with malicious exported functions. One of the export calls used is to check if the victimized system is located in Brazil. If the geolocation points to Brazil, then another malicious file is downloaded. This particular new routine points to the possibility of the cybercriminals’ intention of riding on the popularity of the Olympics to lure users. Apart from Banker, there are reports indicating that other banking Trojans, are doing the same thing. For instance, Sphinx ZeuS has enhanced its capabilities because of the Olympics.Read More
Like a game of cat and mouse, the perpetrators behind the Locky ransomware had updated their arsenal yet again with a new tactic—using Windows Scripting File (WSF) for the arrival method. WSF is a file that allows the combination of multiple scripting languages within a single file. Using WSF makes the detection and analysis of ransomware challenging since WSF files are not among the list of typical files that traditional endpoint solutions monitor for malicious activity.
However, the use of WSF files is no longer a novel idea since the same tactic was used in Cerber’s email campaign in May 2016. It would seem that the attackers behind Locky followed Cerber in using WSF files after seeing how such a tactic was successful in bypassing security measures like sandbox and blacklisting technologies.Read More
Perhaps emboldened by the success of their peers, attackers have been releasing more ransomware families and variants with alarming frequency. The latest one added to the list is R980 (detected by Trend Micro as RANSOM_CRYPBEE.A).
R980 has been found to arrive via spam emails, or through compromised websites. Like Locky, Cerber and MIRCOP, spam emails carrying this ransomware contain documents embedded with a malicious macro (detected as W2KM_CRYPBEE.A) that is programmed to download R980 through a particular URL. From the time R980 was detected, there have been active connections to that URL since July 26th of this year.Read More
The Internet of Things (IoT)—the network of devices embedded with capabilities to collect and exchange information—has long been attracting the attention of cybercriminals as it continues to gain momentum in terms of its adoption. Gartner has estimated that more than 20.8 billion IoT devices will be in use by 2020; IoT will be leveraged by over half of major business processes and systems, with enterprises projected to lead in driving IoT revenue.
How can cybercriminals potentially take advantage of this? Despite being equipped with new applications and hardware, most IoT devices are furnished with outdated connection protocols and operating systems (OS).Read More
The second Tuesday of August has arrived, which means one thing for Microsoft users: Patch Tuesday. Relatively speaking, August’s batch of patches is relatively light, with only nine bulletins, although five are rated as Critical.Read More