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Royal Baby lures to Blackhole Site

Kaspersky Lab Expert
Posted July 24, 08:23  GMT
Tags: Social Engineering, Spammer techniques, Malvertizing

Kaspersky Lab congratulates the royal couple on the birth of their new baby boy and wish them all well for the future. It is truly joyous news that is being celebrated in the UK and in the rest of the world.

However because it is such big news, it didn't take long for malicious elements to misuse it as follows: "The Royal Baby: Live updates" promises an email arriving at our spam traps today. A link named "Watch the hospital-cam" is the contained trap which leads to ... nowhere because it seems that it has already been cleaned. By the looks of it, it may be a compromised legitimate website which got cleaned.

But we are still interested in what the malicious content could be and we didn't need to search for long. Exactly _one_ hit for our web search was shown at the time of writing this article.

What we find there is basically the same textual content as we had seen in the email but there is one difference: the contained link to the "hospital-cam" is currently still alive. It contains three links with *.js naming on yet another set of hosts.

Checking these, we finally see what it is all about, namely a "Blackhole Exploit Kit" serving URL - a drive-by approach to infect unprotected users "on the fly".

Kaspersky Lab products detect this threat as “Trojan-Downloader.JS.Expack.aiy”.


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2013 Jul 27, 04:51

hey the website is a real blogspot in hk,so someone posted it,you can just go and shut down his or her #714;s accont

Edited by clubjustin, 2013 Aug 20, 07:30


Prashant Kate

2013 Sep 19, 20:13

Defenses against the Blackhole exploit kit

A typical defensive posture against this and other advanced malware includes, at a minimum, each of the following:

Ensuring that the browser, browser's plugins, and operating system are up to date. The Blackhole exploit kit targets vulnerabilities in old versions of browsers such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari as well as many popular plugins like Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat and Java.
Running a security utility with a good antivirus and good host-based intrusion prevention system (HIPS). Due to the polymorphic code used in generating variants of the Blackhole exploit kit, antivirus signatures will lag behind the automated generation of new variants of the Blackhole exploit kit, while changing the algorithm used to load malware onto victims' computers takes more effort from the developers of this exploit kit. A good HIPS will defend against new variants of the Blackhole exploit kit that use previously known algorithms.

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