Hackers advertising and selling phishing kits via YouTube with secret backdoor
November 27, 2016
Seid Yassin (370 articles)
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Hackers advertising and selling phishing kits via YouTube with secret backdoor

Cybercrime, like any other enterprise is a business, albeit an illegal one. Apart from targeting individuals, businesses and governments, cybercriminals also cash in by creating, using and marketing malware to other crooks. It appears however, that the age old adage of “honour among thieves” does not apply to cybercriminals these days.

Security researchers have uncovered cybercrooks advertising and distributing phishing kits, that come with how-to videos and links to additional information, to wannabe hackers via YouTube. The catch however is that the advertised kits come with a secret backdoor that sends all the phished data back to the author.

Cybercrime, like any other enterprise is a business, albeit an illegal one. Apart from targeting individuals, businesses and governments, cybercriminals also cash in by creating, using and marketing malware to other crooks. It appears however, that the age old adage of “honour among thieves” does not apply to cybercriminals these days.

Security researchers have uncovered cybercrooks advertising and distributing phishing kits, that come with how-to videos and links to additional information, to wannabe hackers via YouTube. The catch however is that the advertised kits come with a secret backdoor that sends all the phished data back to the author.

Proofpoint researchers decoded a sample of a phishing template downloaded from a link provided in a similar video and discovered that the author’s Gmail address was “hardcoded to receive the results of the phish every time the kit was used, regardless of who used it.”

Researchers warned that the concept of honour among thieves does not apply in this case “since multiple samples revealed authors including backdoors to harvest phished credentials even after new phishing actors purchased the templates for use in their own campaigns.

“The real losers in these transactions, though, are the victims who have their credentials stolen by multiple actors every time the kits are used,” researchers added.

It is still unclear as to how many people may have been affected by this latest phishing scam. The identity and location of the individual/individuals behind this campaign also remains unknown. IBTimes UK has reached out to Proofpoint for further clarity on the matter and will update this article in that a response is provided.

Source | ibtimes