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Note on WannaCrypt Infection Count Accuracy

Our sinkhole is designed to collect any and all HTTP requests to sinkholed domain for investigation purposes (these are then sent to a back-end database). What this means is that around the period when infections started being prevented the data on https://intel.malwaretech.com/botnet/wcrypt had almost pinpoint accuracy; however, as the news went global people began posting links …

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Personal Stories
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How to Accidentally Stop a Global Cyber Attacks

So finally I’ve found enough time between emails and Skype calls to write up on the crazy events which occurred over Friday, which was supposed to be part of my week off (I made it a total of 4 days without working, so there’s that). You’ve probably read about the WannaCrypt …

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Threat Intelligence
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The Kelihos Botnet

A while ago I started writing a series of articles documenting the Kelihos Peer-to-Peer infrastructure but had to pull them due to an ongoing operation. As most of you have probably seen, the botnet operator was arrested a few days ago and the FBI have begun sinkholing the botnet (which will …

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Malware Analysis

Let’s Unpack: Dridex Loader

A few people have been having problems with unpacking the initial loader for Dridex (the one dropped by the macro), so I’m going to show you an easy way to do it. One of the other problems people have, which i can’t fix, is the fact the Dridex infection chains have …

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Why Open Source Ransomware is Such a Problem

A while back 2sec4u posted a poll asking if people considered open source ransomware helpful to detection and prevention, with 46% voting yes. Although the poll wasn’t limited to people working in the antimalware industry, 46% is scarily high. Trying to prove a point, help me out Twitter. Is open source ransomware helping …

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Mapping Mirai: A Botnet Case Study

Mirai is a piece of malware designed to hijack busybox systems (commonly used on IoT devices) in order to perform DDoS attacks, it’s also the bot used in the 620 Gbps DDoS attack on Brian Kreb’s blog and the 1.1 Tbps attack on OVH a few days later. Although Mirai isn’t even close to …

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Dridex Returns to the UK With Updated TTPs

With the exception of a few unconfirmed reports of Dridex targeting Baltic countries (which doesn’t make much sense economically), infection campaigns have ceased since mid August when Dridex briefly resumed spreading to propagate multiple new botnets aimed at Switzerland. This morning a friend of mine, Liam, reported receiving a malicious email which unusually didn’t …

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Threat Intelligence
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Significant Increase in Kelihos Botnet Activity

Since the Kelihos takedown in front of a live audience at RSA Conference in 2013, the operator had opted to maintain a low profile by keeping the total number of infections at only a fraction of the previous size. In the past Kelihos’ MO was spamming stock pump and dump schemes or pharmaceutical scams then laying …

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No the FBI Are Not Sending Bitcoins to the Shadowbrokers

A few days ago someone made the following post which suggested the FBI were sending bitcoin from the wallet where all of the seized coins from Silkroad were sent to the ShadowBrokers acution address; furthermore, the explanation was given that they were trying to “chum the water” and enable them to track transactions …

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Automatic Transfer Systems (ATS) for Beginners

ATS is one of the newer techniques employed by banking malware that not many people are familiar with so I thought I’d do a small post explaining it. To fully appreciate the complexity of ATS we have to take a look at a brief history of financial malware and how they …

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