Archive | June, 2006

Google’s Orkut Hit by Data Stealing Worm – Mw.Orc


So just a few days about there was a new MSN Worm – BlackAngel.B, before that the Yahoo! e-mail worm, long before that of course the MySpace worm and a few others not notable enough to mention.

And of course plenty of nasty Trojans.

A new Internet worm capable of stealing bank details and other personal data from users is circulating via Orkut, Google Inc.’s social networking service, a computer security company warned on Monday.

Instant-messaging service provider FaceTime Communications said its software security lab had detected the spread of the electronic virus, the third such threat to disseminate itself via messages posted on Orkut users personal Web pages.

Google’s service, while available globally, is wildly popular among Brazilians which make up the bulk of its users.

The malicious program, dubbed by FaceTime as “MW.Orc,” works its way onto users’ personal computers when they click on infected links on Orkut scrapbook pages. The link is followed by a message in Portuguese that entices the user to click.

It seems this is not the first time Orkut has been hit, this one however goes after personal details of a more valuable nature.

Once the link is activated, a file is uploaded to the PC, according to a description of how the worm works contained in a statement by the Foster City, California-based company.

When infected Orkut users using Microsoft Corp.’s widely used Windows XP operating system to find personal files on their PCs through their “My Computer” icon, that triggers an e-mail back to the creator of MW.Orc creator filled with personal information stored on the PC, FaceTime said.

The earlier attempt seemed to be more of a phishing affair.

The new threat to Orkut follows an earlier worm, Banker-BWD, which was uncovered by Sophos, an anti-virus company.

That malicious software also disseminated itself through Orkut’s scrapbook pages, but automatically transferred the victims to fake Web pages of banks in order to entice the users to enter personal data that can then be stolen by the hackers.

People are getting pretty handy with all this HTML worm business, I’m impressed.

Source: Reuters

Posted in: Malware, Web Hacking

Topic: Malware, Web Hacking


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Yersinia 0.7 Released with 802.1x Support – Layer 2 Attack Framework


Yersinia is a network tool designed to take advantage of some weakeness in different network protocols. It pretends to be a solid framework for analyzing and testing the deployed networks and systems.

It’s a very useful for any network based penetration testing or vulnerability assessment. There isn’t many tools working on Layer 2 and this is ‘the’ one.

Attacks for the following network protocols are implemented (but of course you are free for implementing new ones):

  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).
  • Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP).
  • Dynamic Trunking Protocol (DTP).
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP).
  • Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP).
  • 802.1q.
  • Inter-Switch Link Protocol (ISL).
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP).

Details of the attacks here.

Yersinia version 0.7 with 802.1x support has just been release, in addition to this lots of bugfixes and a new GTK interface.

The entire core has been redeveloped to support easy addition of new protocols and attacks, and with the new GTK interface the tool is ready for the masses.

You can download it directly here:

Yersinia 0.7

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3Com’s TippingPoint Finds New IE Vulnerabilities


What? New vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer?

You can hack Internet Exploder Explorer? Never!

3Com Corp’s TippingPoint division has discovered and disclosed two critical new vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer through 3Com’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI).

The vulnerabilities could have allowed an attacker to gain control of a PC if the user was logged in with administrative rights.

Sounds a bit like an advert for TippingPoint to me.

Under the ZDI, 3Com rewards researchers who, while keeping the vulnerabilities confidential, alert 3Com to these vulnerabilities.

3Com can in turn alert the software vendor so that a patch can be prepared, while IPS prepares the security filter and distributes it to customers.

Interesting initiative though.

Source: The Star

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Money Lost Due to Cybercrime Down Again This Year!


It seems even though vendors are pushing their snakeoil harder than ever, the actual figures show that the money lost due to cybercrime has decreased every year for the last four years!

Perhaps people are finally getting more secure, it’s not suprising with the advent of cheaper and easier to use intrusion detection and intrusion prevention systems.

For the fourth straight year, the financial losses incurred by businesses due to incidents such as computer break-ins have fallen, according to the 2006 annual survey by the Computer Security Institute and the FBI. Robert Richardson, editorial director at the CSI, discussed the survey’s findings in a presentation at the CSI NetSec conference here Wednesday.

Respondents in the 2005 survey reported an average of $204,000 in cybercrime losses, Richardson said. This year, that’s down to $168,000, about an 18 percent drop, he added. Compared with 2004, the average loss is down 68 percent.

The threats themselves haven’t really changed, so the ‘risk landscape’ is the same. Just the monetary loss has decreased.

Most important, perhaps, the 615 U.S. CSI members who responded to this year’s survey reported fewer security incidents. Viruses, laptop theft and insider abuse of Net access are still the most reported threats, but all have decreased compared with last year.

“The danger of insiders may be somewhat overstated, according to the survey group,” Richardson said. About a third of respondents said they had no losses at all due to insider threats, another 29 percent said less than one-fifth of overall losses came from insider threats.

I would definitely put it down to consistent and more widespread use of security technologies as well as general awareness and understanding being higher. I would agree with the following statement that nowadays it’s more likely the consumers are losing more money.

The businesses have already tightened themselves up.

When it comes to cybercrime losses, consumers might be bearing the brunt of them, and they are not covered by the survey, Richardson suggested. “Consumers are the low-hanging fruit,” he said. Costs related to identity theft, for example, fall largely back onto the consumer, he added, even if it did start with a data breach at an enterprise.

So as users we must be careful too.

Source: News.com

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SinFP v2.00 Released – Next Generation OS Detection Tool


OS Fingerprinting is an important part of any penetration test or hack as it allows you focus your efforts a lot more effeciently when point testing, rather than throwing everything at a machine like a script kiddy would. So let’s introduce a new option, other than p0f and xprobe2.

SinFP uses the aforementioned limitations as a basis for tests to be obsolutely avoided in used frames to identify accurately the remote operating system. That is, it only requires one open TCP port, sends only fully standard TCP packets, and limits the number of tests to 2 or 3 (with only 1 test giving the OS reliably in most cases).

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  • complete rewrite
  • sinfp.db completely reworked
  • new tests based on comparison between probe and response (TCP seq/ack comparison, IP ID value comparison)
  • new matching algorithm, works like a search engine (a problem of finding intersection, by applying a deformation mask on keywords) much more efficient than in 1.xx branch
  • possibility to manually pass a matching mask to change at will the matching algorithm
  • passive fingerprinting much more acurate thanks to new matching algorithm
  • possibility to launch P1P2P3 probes, or only P1P2 probes, or only P2 probe
  • match IPv6 signatures against IPv4 ones
  • API changes, not compatible with 1.xx version anymore
  • DB schema changes, not compatible with 1.xx version anymore
  • many bugfixes

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Microsoft got Defaced


No, it wasn’t Microsoft.com, still, a very cool hack.

Microsoft France suffered an attack by a Turkish group, going by the handle of TiTHacK. You can check TiTHacK ‘profile’ over at Zone-H. By the looks of things, he has been really busy today.

At the time of this writing, the site still hasn’t been fixed. However, and just to be sure you’ll check it, you can use this mirror to see the defacement at Microsoft’s site.

Can we expect some new exploit to emerge?

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