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F-Secure Weblog

by Sean

June 7, 2011

There was a rather innovative Facebook malware attack last week which pushed both Windows and Mac malware.

While some folks were distracted by the Mac scareware component, it appeared to us as only the secondary factor in the overall attack. The Windows component, a fake "Adobe Flash Player" update, has ZeuS bot characteristics according to an analyst on our Threat Solutions team. We therefore conclude that the attack was focused on building a Windows OS botnet, and that the Mac OS scareware was tacked on as a bonus (as there are no ZeuS binaries to push at Mac users).

F-Secure Weblog

by Sean

June 2, 2011

Mac malware has been making lots of news recently, and much of the analysis has focused on Mac's market share, which in the USA, is around 15%. But market share is only a single data point. Is that the whole story?

Mac malware is hot right now because of the infection vector - Google Images Search. Mac market share (15%) multiplied by infection vector (Google Search Engine Optimization poisoning) equals a huge economic incentive to target Mac users.

F-Secure Weblog

by Sean

June 1, 2011

There's a significant Facebook malware attack occurring at the moment.

The attack is spreading virally using Facebook's "Like" feature - a method well established by rogue Cost Per Action (CPA) marketing affiliates. But unlike CPA spam that redirects to deceptive ads, this "viral video" is linking to a Lithuanian server that serves up Windows and/or Mac malware.

F-Secure Weblog

by Sean

June 1, 2011

With more than 24 hours having passed since it began, Facebook has finally blocked a malware attack that linked to Windows and Mac malware.

The attack site pushed MacGuard scareware at Mac users, and host modifying fake "Adobe Flash Players" at Windows users. Contrary to our earlier post, rather than using the "Like" feature, we now think the malware was spreading by posting directly to Facebook accounts. The posted link used the Like feature's icon rather than icons used by Links or Videos.

F-Secure Weblog

by Sean

May 23, 2011

Google Search has a problem.

For several weeks now, Google Image search results have been increasingly tainted by Search Engine Optimization (SEO) poisoning. Numerous sites linked to scareware trojans and exploits via Google Image results are discovered every day. Many of these sites would otherwise be considered as safe but they've been compromised by a hack of some sort. Google's method of crawling for and ranking images is part of the problem.

F-Secure Weblog

by Sean

May 4, 2011

I was examining some Facebook spam this morning, hosted on a Page using an iframe tab application of some sort.

(Facebook appears to have a handle on spam Applications at the moment, as the current batch of spam is abusing Pages rather than Applications.) In any case, the iframe content of the Page was not encrypted, and so I needed to temporarily disable my account's https option.

F-Secure Weblog

by Sean

April 28, 2011

Real-world events occasionally generate a massive number of online searches. Japan's recent earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that followed is a good example of a sudden event that turned the world's attention to Google.

And as topics trend in Google's search results, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) attacks are attempted. Our March 11th post urged caution while searching for information. The post also noted that Google has been doing a pretty good job of keeping SEO attacks at bay and filtered out of their search results. Web results that is...

F-Secure Weblog

by Sean

April 18, 2011

Short URL services are problematic, and they are becoming even more so in combination with IP location technologies.

If you look closely, you'll notice it's one spambot, @olasher, replying to another spambot, @MorabsShimb3554. Lame, right? Well, the @olasher account was too obvious, Twitter suspended the account within hours of its creation. The @MorabsShimb3554 is more subtle however, and attempts to fly under the radar (successfully so far) by asking the reader to "copy & paste" the ow.ly link.

F-Secure Weblog

by Sean

April 14, 2011

The New Haven office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) hijacked and "killed" the Coreflood botnet this week.

Shutting down a botnet isn't technically difficult. Bots often include instructions to uninstall themselves. But sending instructions for a bot to do so is legally considered "unauthorized use", and so antivirus companies don't do this.

F-Secure Weblog

by Sean

April 12, 2011

Yesterday, Adobe issued Security Advisory APSA11-02.

"A critical vulnerability exists in Flash Player 10.2.153.1 and earlier versions (Adobe Flash Player 10.2.154.25 and earlier for Chrome users) for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris, Adobe Flash Player 10.2.156.12 and earlier versions for Android, and the Authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.0.2) and earlier 10.x and 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh operating systems."

      

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