TechCrunch: Researchers find a new malware-friendly hosting site after a spike in attacks . “Security researchers have traced a recent spike in FormBook infections to a new file-hosting service that’s been billed as a place for hackers to host their malware. Deep Instinct analysts say in new findings out Tuesday that the resurgence in FormBook malware, used as part of password and information stealing campaigns currently targeting the retail and hospitality sectors, can be traced back to the newly discovered malware-friendly site that hosts the second-stage dropper used to infect a computer with malicious code after the user opens a booby-trapped document.”
Motherboard: How a Wi-Fi Pineapple Can Steal Your Data (And How to Protect Yourself From It). “The Wi-Fi Pineapple enables anyone to steal data on public Wi-Fi networks. Here’s how it facilitates two sophisticated network attacks and how to protect yourself against them.” This is a bit technical, but it’s fascinating reading.
Bleeping Computer: The Nigerian Spammers From the 90s Have Moved on to Keyloggers and RATs. “We’ll be taking a look today at a group of researchers that during the past few months have been reporting malware-infected computers to relevant authorities in countries all over the globe. This team is formed by MalwareHunter, Daniel Gallagher, and a security researcher that goes online only by the name of Guido. For the past few months, using data they search and find on VirusTotal, this group has been identifying malware campaigns, tracking down malware C&C servers, and rummaging through countless of data stolen from infected computers.”
Researchers have created a very scary Twitter phishing bot. “Black Hat researchers have created a Twitter bot that reads your tweets and sends you a message catered to your interests — along with a shortened URL leading to hacktown.” According to the article, the bot had a TWO-THIRDS success rate for link-clicking.