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New Phishing Research: 5 Most Dangerous Email Subjects, Top 10 Hosting Countries

Posted: 11 Dec 2013 09:03 AM | Elisabeth Olsen


With cloud infrastructure easily scalable and rented botnets coming on the cheap, the cost of conducting massive phishing campaigns continues to decline for cybercriminals. Even if the return rate is small or the campaign is poorly executed, phishing can result in serious money for criminals. Phishing will never simply go away—meaning ongoing headaches for security professionals.

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Israeli Website for “international institute for counter-Terrorism” Waterhole Attack Serving CVE-2012-4969

Posted: 12 Mar 2013 08:29 AM | Elad Sharf


 

Websense Security Labs™ and The Websense® ThreatSeeker™ Network have detected that the government-related websites ict.org.il and herzliyaconference.org have been involved in a 'waterhole' attack and are injected with malicious code that serves as an exploit for Internet Explorer vulnerability CVE-2012-4969. The first website describes itself as the “International Institute for Counter-Terrorism”. Both websites seem to be connected and governed by a leading Israeli academic institution called the IDC

 

The malicious code found on the websites is identical and was identified as CVE-2012-4969 - an Internet Explorer vulnerability that was verified as a zero-day at the time and was found to be exploited in the wild on September 2012. It was found by Eric Romang from Zataz.

 

From our initial checks, the websites still serve the malicious code on specific paths, and have been serving the malicious code from as early as the 23rd of January 2013. At the time of this writing, the malicious code on ict.org.il appears to be fully functional, but the malicious code on herzliyaconference.org doesn't seem to be functional (the main page that initiates the exploit seems to have been removed; although subsequent pages are still available, on their own they won't serve a successful exploit).

 

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2013 Threat Report: More Than Scary Stats and Chilling Charts

Posted: 13 Feb 2013 08:30 AM | Carl Leonard


The 2013 Threat Report from the Websense® Security Labs™ is now available.

 

The report details mobile, social, email and web-based threats, and while it is full of ominous data points, it is a very interesting read. The report is designed to help security professionals keep current with threat trends and improve the effectiveness of existing security solutions. It can also be used to identify and prioritize security gaps that may require new approaches and more innovative strategies.

 

Creating the report began with the ThreatSeeker® Network, composed of big data clusters used by the WSL to collect and manage up to 5 billion inputs each day from 900 million global endpoints. Malware samples, mobile applications, email content, web links and other information were then passed through deep analysis processes including our Advanced Classification Engine (ACE), which applied over 10,000 different analytics.

 

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The CVE-2012-4792 and the Spear-Phishing Rotary Domains (Part 2)

Posted: 05 Feb 2013 10:00 AM | Gianluca Giuliani


 

In the previous part of our report, we analyzed  the malicious content detected in the domain "rotary-eclubtw.com". We detected the exploitation code for the vulnerability CVE-2012-4792 and analyzed the Flash file which was used to contain the heap spray code and the shell code. In this part we are going to show some of the details that we extracted from the shell code and from behavioral analysis of the malware installed after a successful exploiting attempt. We have also added some details related to the domain name using the WHOIS records and internal data.

 

Why are waterhole attacks occurring? What is the attackers' objective, both here and in other cases? As we learned from this analysis, the malware is used to steal files from compromised computers, while also enabling monitoring of the user's emails and other activities. We also found suspicious ties to sites potentially targeting high technology suppliers, perhaps in Taiwan. Read on for details of the attack.

 

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