September 17, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

New Internet Explorer zero day being exploited in the wild

After the [no longer available] last zero day exploit on Java we reported some weeks ago it appears that a new 0day has been found in Internet Explorer by the same authors that created the Java one.Yesterday, Eric Romang reported the findings of a new exploit code on the…

September 13, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

Tracking down the author of the PlugX RAT

Some days ago, TrendMicro published some information about a new version of a RAT called PlugX. From the last few months we have been tracking a group using the PlugX RAT that has been attacking different targets especially in Japan, Taiwan, Korea and against Tibetan organizations and individuals.In this post we will focus on the intelligence we have extracted…

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August 27, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

New Java 0day exploited in the wild

A few hours ago, FireEye published some information related to a new Java 0day exploited in the wild.The malicious JAR file was served from / meeting / index.htmlThe html loads the Java applet passing some parameters that are used later to build the URL to download the payload. The HTML is encrypted using “Dadong’s JSXX 0.44…

August 15, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

CVE-2012-1535: Adobe Flash being exploited in the wild

Yesterday Adobe issued a security update to address CVE-2012-1535 that was being exploited in the wild.The sample that we analyzed is a Microsoft Office Word document with an embedded malicious Flash file.The name of the malicious doc file is iPhone 5 Battery.doc, md5: 7e3770351aed43fd6c5cab8e06dc0300The doc file contains…

August 6, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

Feeding Alienvault’s Open Threat Exchange (OTX) threat information to ArcSight

When we launched the Open Threat Exchange (OTX) project, one of our goals was creating an open and free threat database and exchange system. We want it to be used by as many users as possible using a wide range of technologies.That is why we are publishing some code to feed our Open Threat Exchange (OTX) data to an…

August 6, 2012 | Russ Spitler

Poisoning the Well, or Securing the Future

Here we go again.You know the expression, “No good deed goes unpunished”?  Well that idea has surfaced with regard to our OTX, or Open Threat Exchange.  Let me explain what I mean.First, some background.   We launched OTX back in February with a passionate belief in the power of transparency and open source models.   But we’re also as…

August 2, 2012 | Dominique Karg

The Power of All

A little bit over five months ago, AlienVault released the first public version of its Open Threat eXchange, OTX. We’ve just created an info graphic – titled “The 2nd United Nations: The World Comes Together to Open-Source Cyber Security” – in order to share some interesting findings from the first five months of use.The goal…

July 18, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

New AlienVault OSSIM v4.0 is out: New correlation capabilities

Today we are launching the new AlienVault OSSIM v4.0.You can download it from here.Apart from tons of new features, we have improved the correlation engine capabilities, two of the most impressive features are:- Taxonomy correlation based on the Category and Subcategory of the events.- Correlation using the Open Threat Exchange (OTX) data.The correlation directives editor…

July 6, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

Nmap Script to detect Poison Ivy Clients

I want to share with you a Nmap script that will help you detecting Poison Ivy clients (due to the Poison Ivy nomenclature, the term client refers to the malicious server where the victims connect in order to receive commands).The Poison Ivy’s protocol uses a challenge-response handshake in order to perform the authentication. The server (victim)…

July 2, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

Sykipot is back

It has been a while since we published information about Sykipot. The last time we blogged about it, we discovered a variant that was able to bypass two-factor authentication to access protected resources on the victim’s network.We have detected a new wave of Sykipot campaigns that has been running during the past weeks. There are several changes…

June 29, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

New MaControl variant targeting Uyghur users, the Windows version using Gh0st RAT

A couple of hours ago, Kaspersky reported a new variant of the MaControl backdoor targeting Uyghur users.It seems to be a newer version of the MacControl RAT we found some months ago being dropped using Java and Office for Mac exploits.The attackers send mails to the victims with a zip file that contains the backdoor…

June 28, 2012 | Jaime Blasco

Thailand NGO site hacked and serving malware

During the previous days, Sophos has reported several attacks related to the Windows XML Core zero-day vulnerability:- CVE-2012-1889 vulnerability is related to Google’s warnings on state-sponsored attacks .We have recently found another website exploiting this vulnerability that is related…

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