Posted by: David Harley | February 5, 2010

MacKoobface

Here’s an excellent piece by Dancho Danchev on “How the Koobface gang monetarizes Mac OS X” by compromising legitimate sites with a PHP backdoor shell in an attempt to direct OS X traffic to affiliate dating programmes.

http://ddanchev.blogspot.com/2010/02/how-koobface-gang-monetizes-mac-os-x.html

There’s a lot of detail in there on a range of scam dating sites that are currently active. Not surprisingly, we’re seeing somewhat related material (Russian bride scams, malware populated domains with Valentine’s Day themes)  at ESET, and we’ll be releasing more information shortly. I’ll flag that here, at any rate if we see more evidence of the Mac being targeted.

(Hat tip to David Kennedy for flagging this.)

David Harley FBCS CITP CISSP
Mac Virus
Small Blue-Green World
Chief Operations Officer, AVIEN
Director of Malware Intelligence, ESET

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Responses

  1. […] MacKoobface points to a  very nice blog by Dancho Danchev on a theme we'll also be revisiting here in the near future. […]

  2. I’ve personally been getting a flood of Russian bride spam lately. It astounds me that this stuff gets through any spam filter at all.

    • I’ve been hearing that from other sources, too. I haven’t checked my own spamtraps lately: I probably will in the next few hours, as it’s been too long since I went angling for phish.

      I don’t think my wife will let me have a Russian bride, though.

  3. […] recently blogged at Mac Virus about an excellent blog by Dancho Danchev on “How the Koobface gang monetarizes Mac OS X” by compromising legitimate […]

  4. […] it’s not directly Mac-related, the blog on scam dating sites that I mentioned in another blog here is now up […]

  5. […] Clearly, we can expect more Valentine exploitation as the weekend draws nearer, but some malicious sites have already been flagged. (Apologies to those of you who’ll have seen some of this before at ESET or Mac Virus.) […]

  6. […] recently blogged at Mac Virus about an excellent blog by Dancho Danchev on “How the Koobface gang monetarizes Mac OS X” by compromising […]


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