Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Facebook Bredolab Malware Tricks Exposed

An email purported to be from Facebook’s Customer Support is on the loose. If you’re actively engaged on Facebook’s networking site, chances are that you may have already received an email indicating that Facebook had reset your password in order to provide you with the most up to date security. The email appears to look like the one below:

Subject: Facebook Password Reset Confirmation Customer Support

Message: “Dear user of Facebook, Because of the measures taken to provide safety to our clients, your password has been changed. You can find your new password in attached document. Thanks, Your Facebook.”

According to Gary Warner, “Cyber-criminals are using fake e-mails to target Facebook users and deliver computer viruses that were being detected only by one-third of the 42 most common anti-virus products as of noon Thursday, March 18,” Warner says. “The malware being delivered is called ‘BredoLab'.”

On a blog titled “BREDOLAB Revealed,” Security Analysts at Trendlabs reported that Bredolab is associated with two well known malware families called FAKEAV (Rogue Antivirus Pro 2010) and ZBOT/Zeus (information and data stealing software).

Bredolab is responsible for downloading a series of executable (.exe) files developed by cybercriminals to inject viruses onto victims’ computer systems.

The use of drive-by downloads, Trojan horses, worms, web browser vulnerabilities, exploited applications, and browser redirection to malicious websites, are some of the tricks and tactics used by cybercriminals to infiltrate victims’ PCs.


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