Archive | January, 2008

Uber Spammer Alan Ralsky Back In The News


Ah so Mr Alan Ralsky one of the biggest spammers of all-time is back in the news after his indictment with 10 others for running a large scale spam operation intended to inflate stocks artificially.

At one time it was thought Mr Ralsky and his friends were responsible for the majority of the spam sent, he’s certainly one of the most prolific and there are around 150 spammers in the World responsible for about 90% of the spam received.

Infamous spam king Alan M. Ralsky is on the run following the Jan. 3 indictment of Ralsky and 10 others for operating a sophisticated spam scam involving pump-and-dump Chinese stocks.

The 41-count indictment, unsealed in a Detroit federal court, claims Ralsky, 52, and his fellow defendants operated a wide-ranging international fraud scheme involving millions of illegal e-mails touting thinly-traded Chinese penny stocks. Ralsky profited by selling the stock at artificially inflated prices.

Only two of the defendants appeared in court Jan. 3 for arraignment. Ralsky is reportedly at large in Europe.

It looks like he wants to skip on this one. It is a pretty serious case though – international stock fraud.

According to the indictment, Ralsky and his group earned approximately $3 million on the scheme during the summer of 2005. Ralsky faces charges including conspiracy, fraud in connection with electronic mail, computer fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

The illegal e-mail practices cited in the indictment include evading spam-blocking devices, falsifying headers and domain names, using proxy computers to distribute the spam and misrepresenting the advertising content in the actual e-mail.

Ralsky seems to have made a good living from spamming when back in his palatial, 8,000-square-foot mansion in suburban Detroit was raided. He was living well.

He has admitted that spam had made him a millionaire.

Source: eWeek

Posted in: Spammers & Scammers

Topic: Spammers & Scammers


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December Commenter of the Month Competition Winner!


Competition time again!

As you know we started the Darknet Commenter of the Month Competition on June 1st and it ran for the whole of June and July. We have just finished the seventh month of the competition in December and are now in the eight, starting a few days ago on January 1st – Sponsored by GFI.

We are offering some pretty cool prizes like iPods and PSPs, along with cool GFI merchandise like shirts, keyrings and mugs.

And now the winner will also get a copy of the Ethical Hacker Kit.

GFI Goodies

Keep up the great comments and high quality interaction, we really enjoy reading your discussions and feedback.

Just to remind you of the added perks, by being one of the top 5 commenter’s you also have your name and chosen link displayed on the sidebar of every page of Darknet, with a high PR5 (close to 6) on most pages (4000+ spidered by Google).

So announcing the winner for December…it’s Sir Henry! Sir Henry is a relative newcomer in commenting here, but he’s very active!

Special mentions also go to Goodpeople (the predicted winner for December before Sir Henry turned up!) and Pantagruel for their active and interesting comments.

Commenter December

December has been an extremely active month for comments with some interesting discussions happening, I’d like to thank you all for your participation!

Thanks to everyone else who commented and thanks for your links and mentions around the blogosphere!

Feel free to share Darknet with everyone you know :)

Keep commenting guys, and stand to win a prize for the month of January.

We are still waiting for pictures from backbone, Sandeep and TRDQ, dirty and dre of themselves with their prizes!

Winner for June 2007 was Daniel with 35 comments.
Winner for July 2007 was backbone with 46 comments.
Winner for August 2007 was TheRealDonQuixote with 53 comments.
Winner for September 2007 was Sandeep Nain with 32 comments.
Winner for October 2007 was dre with 19 comments.
Winner for November 2007 was dirty with 38 comments.

Posted in: Site News

Topic: Site News


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gotroot modsecurity Rules for Apache – Anti-spam and Security


To follow on from Whitetrash which I posted about previously, here is another tool to secure your web site or web application. Essentially it’s a very comprehensive set of rules for mod_security.

ModSecurity is an open source intrusion detection and prevention engine for web applications (or a web application firewall). Operating as an Apache Web server module or standalone, the purpose of ModSecurity is to increase web application security, protecting web applications from known and unknown attacks.

For ModSecurity to be effective it needs a rule set just like any IDS or Anti-virus solution, gotroot currently provides the largest selection of rules to secure your site.

This is only an option if you are using Apache 1.x or Apache 2.x if you are using IIS or another web server you are out of luck.

If you run any kind of web application, you need a web application firewall. Simply put, a web application firewall analyzes the connections to your web application to make sure they don’t contain attacks, viruses, worms or violate certain rules about normal or acceptable behavior for your web application(s).

The gotroot rules protect against all of that, and more, such as SQL injection protection, URI formating protection, meta and null character filtering, path recursion attack protection, buffer and heap overflow defenses, remote file inclusion attack prevention and many many others. This helps to protect your web server, applications, database or anything else your web application(s) have potential access to from attack.

This is to protect the application level – firewalls only examine packets on the network level, IDS can do a little on the application side but not as much as ModSecurity and a good set of rules.

You can find the gotroot rules here:

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Including instructions on how to download/update them automatically.

Posted in: Countermeasures, Security Software, Web Hacking

Topic: Countermeasures, Security Software, Web Hacking


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Nugache – The Next Big Storm?


We’ve covered quite a few Storm stories – now it seems there is a new player in town, which could possibly the most advanced malware and botnet instigator so far.

It’s also something I’ve predicted before, peer to peer malware networks running without a command and control server, no single point of failure and much more tricky to take down. The guys writing these things are getting smart, random communications, peers drop and reconnect, everything is encrypted..

Dittrich, one of the top botnet researchers in the world, has been tracking botnets for close to a decade and has seen it all. But this new piece of malware, which came to be known as Nugache, was a game-changer. With no C&C server to target, bots capable of sending encrypted packets and the possibility of any peer on the network suddenly becoming the de facto leader of the botnet, Nugache, Dittrich knew, would be virtually impossible to stop.

“The authors are making these subtle little changes to keep it under the radar, and they’re succeeding,” said Dittrich.

This is the future of malware and it’s not a pretty picture. What it is, is a nightmare: a new breed of malicious software developed, tested and sold by professionals and engineered to change on the fly, adapt to its environment and evade traditional defenses.

It’s definitely going to be interesting watching this one develop and waiting to see what kind of countermeasures come up. Software quality is starting to appear in malware, these are robust and technically competent worms and botnets.

The creators of these Trojans and bots not only have very strong software development and testing skills, but also clearly know how security vendors operate and how to outmaneuver defenses such as antivirus software, IDS and firewalls, experts say. They know that they simply need to alter their code and the messages carrying it in small ways in order to evade signature-based defenses. Dittrich and other researchers say that when they analyze the code these malware authors are putting out, what emerges is a picture of a group of skilled, professional software developers learning from their mistakes, improving their code on a weekly basis and making a lot of money in the process.

It seems like it’s a real cottage industry right now and there are some very talented programmers and security specialists working on these projects.

But then again it’s just like any other industry, where there’s bad there’s good and vice versa..and there is money to be made on both sides of the fence.

Source: SearchSecurity.com

Posted in: Malware

Topic: Malware


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Happy New Year – Best Wishes from Darknet!


Happy New Year to everyone and cheers to a fantastic 2008.

Let’s hope the year is buzzing with security news, there are interesting and exciting new developments and tools and the Darknet community can grow and become more active.

If you can help us promote the site we’d appreciate it! Just drop a mention to friends, link to us from your blog or website and be a part of the active commenting community.

There have been some excellent activity in the last couple of months comments wise and I appreciate it! I do read every comment and there has been some pretty interesting debates about various subjects.

So keep up the activity, keep discussing, learning and sharing and we can all grow as information security professionals together.

Happy 2008 to all our readers and subscribers – let’s hope we get more in 2008!

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