Thursday, October 21, 2010

Avalanche Gang Dumps Phishing for ZeuS

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APWG [Anti-Phishing Working Group] says its researchers have found a change in the methods of criminals behind the Avalanche botnet, which accounted for two-thirds of all phishing attacks observed worldwide in late 2009, leading victims to fake Web sites and tricking them into handing over details.

The Avalanche infrastructure was involved in just four conventional phishing attacks in the month of July 2010. Instead, the syndicate ramped up a concerted campaign of crimeware propagation to fool victims into receiving the Zeus Trojan and infecting their PCs with it.


Report co-author Rod Rasmussen says: "While the cessation of phishing operations by the Avalanche phishing group is great news for the anti-phishing community, their shift to the nearly exclusive distribution of Zeus malware is an ominous development in the e-crime landscape. Their spamming and other activities to target victims continues at high levels, implying they are finding malware distribution a more effective and profitable tactic than traditional phishing."


Oct 18th - APWG Releases Global Phishing Survey: Domain Name Use and Trends in 1H2010

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