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Study Warns Dark Web Listings of Malware on the Rise

The research was presented at the InfoSecurity Europe conference in Olympia, London

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There has been a 20 per cent rise in the dark net listings of malware targeting enterprises, warns a study.

The dark net is that part of the Internet which is inaccessible when using standard browsers like Google.

The study by cybersecurity company Bromium and researchers at the University of Surrey in Britain found that four in 10 dark net vendors are selling targeted hacking services aimed at FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 businesses.

Furthermore, access to corporate networks is sold openly, with 60 per cent of vendors approached by researchers offering access to more than ten business networks each.

Of the dark net vendors who were engaged, 70 per cent invited researchers to talk on encrypted messaging applications, like Telegram, to take conversations beyond the reach of law enforcement.

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It said the malware is hard to detect, due to encryption and other tactics. Pixabay

More than 40 per cent of attempts by researchers to request dark net hacking services targeting companies in the Fortune 500 or FTSE 100 received positive responses from dark net vendors, the study said.

“Almost every vendor offered us tailored versions of malware as a way of targeting specific companies or industries. The more targeted the attack, the higher the cost, with prices rising even further when it involved high-value targets like banks,” said Mike McGuire, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Surrey.

“The most expensive piece of malware found was designed to target ATMs and retailed for approximately $1,500,” McGuire said.

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These services typically come with service plans for conducting the hack, with prices ranging from $150 to $10,000 depending on the company involved and the extent to which the malware was customised for targeted attacks, said the study.

The research was presented at the InfoSecurity Europe conference in Olympia, London. (IANS)

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Microsoft Uncovers a New Malware That is Infecting Thousands of Computers

Researchers at Microsoft have uncovered a new malware campaign that is infecting thousands of computers across the world

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The attack begins when a user downloads and runs an HTML application (HTA) file named Player1566444384.hta. Pixabay

Researchers at Microsoft have uncovered a new malware campaign that is infecting thousands of computers across the world.

After infecting a PC, the malware, dubbed Nodersok, can turn them into proxies for launching other cyber attacks.

“The majority of targets are consumers, but about 3 per cent of encounters are observed in organisations in sectors like education, professional services, healthcare, finance, and retail,” Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) Research team said.

“The campaign is particularly interesting not only because it employs advanced fileless techniques, but also because it relies on an elusive network infrastructure that causes the attack to fly under the radar,” the researchers wrote.

The attack begins when a user downloads and runs an HTML application (HTA) file named Player1566444384.hta.

The digits in the file name differ in every attack.

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After infecting a PC, the malware, dubbed Nodersok, can turn them into proxies for launching other cyber attacks. PIxabay

Analysis of Microsoft Defender ATP telemetry pointed to compromised advertisements as the most likely infection vector for delivering the HTA files.

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Executing those files kickstart a process that opens up Powershell scripts, Excel and JavaScript to end up downloading and installing the Nodersok malware, The Inquirer reported. (IANS)

One response to “Microsoft Uncovers a New Malware That is Infecting Thousands of Computers”

  1. Well have they taken care of the malware with the most recent updates. The story isn’t complete without saying if there is a solution to the problem.