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Beware! Cyber Criminals Spreading Click Fraud Trojan for Making Money

Beware! Cyber Criminals Spreading Click Fraud Trojan for Making Money

May 11, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Before Ransomware, Click fraud was one of the popular and efficient ways for cybercriminals to make money and with the explosive growth in the size of the online threats it is still making its way on the Internet. “ Click-Fraud ” is the practice of deceptively clicking on search ads with the intention of either increasing third-party website revenues or exhausting an advertiser’s budget. Besides the search results, we all have seen advertisements placed in the search engine’s WebPage. If the visitor clicks the Ad, the advertiser has to pay a fee to the search engine. A problem that has arisen with pay-per-click is results in Click-Fraud. The term “ fraud ” is used because in either case, the advertiser is paying for a click without receiving any true value. Of course, the number of clicks has to be large enough in order to gain a considerable amount of money, and in order to do that an attacker can use an automated script or malicious program to simulate multiple clicks b
Hacker uses Evernote account as Command-and-Control Server

Hacker uses Evernote account as Command-and-Control Server

March 29, 2013Mohit Kumar
Cyber criminals  are using popular note-taking app Evernote as Command-and-Control Server to give commands to the malware installed on infected PCs using botnets. TrendMicro uncovered a malware detected as “ BKDR_VERNOT.A ” tried to communicate with Command-and-Control Server using Evernote. Malware delivered via an executable file that installs the malware as a dynamic-link library. The installer then ties the DLL into a legitimate running process, hiding it from casual detection. Once installed, BKDR_VERNOT.A can perform several backdoor commands such as downloading, executing, and renaming files. It then gathers information from the infected system, including details about its OS, timezone, user name, computer name, registered owner and organization. Researchers  also pointed out that the backdoor may have also used Evernote as a location to upload stolen data. " Unfortunately, during our testing, it was not able to login using the credentials embedded in the
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