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Unidentified hackers are said to have have launched a large-scale attack against WordPress blogs and any hosts using weak passwords are urged to update them immediately.
 

Security analysts have detected an ongoing attack that uses a huge number of computers from across the Internet to commandeer servers that run the WordPress blogging application.

The unknown people behind the highly distributed attack are using more than 90,000 IP addresses to brute-force crack administrative credentials of vulnerable WordPress systems, researchers from at least three Web hosting services reported. At least one company warned that the attackers may be in the process of building a "botnet" of infected computers that's vastly stronger and more destructive than those available today. That's because the servers have bandwidth connections that that are typically tens, hundreds, or even thousands of times faster than botnets made of infected machines in homes and small businesses.

"These larger machines can cause much more damage in DDoS [distributed denial-of-service] attacks because the servers have large network connections and are capable of generating significant amounts of traffic," Matthew Prince, CEO of content delivery network CloudFlare, wrote in a blog post describing the attacks.

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Jason is writing us saying that his firewall is dropping 600-700 packets per second with protocol 61 (not port 61). He hasn't been able to capture full packets but is working on it.

This looks very much like a corrupt packet, maybe as a result of a DoS upstream, or a broken attack tools. If anybody sees something similar, please let us know (and we really like full packets)

The source IP addresses are 2.2.128.1 and 5.5.128.1 (again, odd addresses... )

Here are some anonymized firewall logs from Jason:

	2013-04-12 00:00:00 firewall %ASA-3-106010: Deny inbound protocol 61 src outside:2.2.128.1 dst outside:xxx.xxx.xx6.1
	2013-04-12 00:00:00 firewall %ASA-3-106010: Deny inbound protocol 61 src outside:5.5.128.1 dst outside:xxx.xxx.xx6.1
	2013-04-12 00:00:00 firewall %ASA-3-106010: Deny inbound protocol 61 src outside:2.2.128.1 dst outside:xxx.xxx.xx8.1
	2013-04-12 00:00:00 firewall %ASA-3-106010: Deny inbound protocol 61 src outside:5.5.128.1 dst outside:xxx.xxx.xx8.1

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Spammers are busy this week in my Country! Today april 11 2013 I received a spam claiming to be a promotion from the biggest retail company in the country and statng that they are giving for free debit cards for US$274.54.

SCAM from Almacenes Exito

This link points to http://katiepriceuk.com/wp-content/gallery/ecards/www.exito.com.tarjetaderegalo.php. Having a look with wireshark shows the following:

First redirect from malicious site

This looks like a vulnerable wordpress site which got modified by a redirect injection. Second one looks like a hacked drupal with the FCKEditor module compromised. Check below:

Malware Location

MD5 for the downloaded zip file is 11da149ca99f2cc9f64c5e4fca76a9f1. The following are the zip content details:

After analyzing this little thing, it turned out to be a koobface variant. Virustotal detection rate is pretty high (36/42), but as I stated in my previous diary, too many people around here does not like to install security controls inside their computers because they do not allow them to use insecure programs or they just think that investing in antimalware / HIPS licenses is not worth it.

If you are in Colombia, please remember that cybercrime is rising and local computer criminals are diseminating specific antimalware targeting banking software from local banks (Bancolombia, Grupo Aval, Corpbanca, ...) and of course every web access you perform to the personal banking sites or payment sites using your banking information. You will do yourself a favor if you invest in basic security controls for your computer like:

  • Firewall Software: Windows Firewall is good but lacks advanced functions that really can enhance the protection of your information assets.
  • Antimalware: Remember that there are too many malicious software pieces out there, too many of them are not exe files but content delivered through web sites. You need to be protected for malicious javascripts, flash applets, java applets, PDF and so on.
  • Host IPS: Most 0-day vulnerabilities can be catched with this protection since it catches buffer overflows and common malicious operations performed by exploits to gain privileges or perform malicious tasks inside your computer.

 

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SANS Internet Storm Center - Handler
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Microsoft has pulled a Windows 7 security update released as part of this month's Patch Tuesday after discovering it caused some machines to become unbootable.

Update 2823324, which was included in the MS13-036 bulletin, fixed a "moderate-level vulnerability" that requires an attacker to have physical computer access to be able to exploit a targeted computer, Dustin Childs, a group manager in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group, wrote in a blog post published Thursday evening. The company has now pulled it from the bulletin and is advising at least some Windows users who have installed it to uninstall the update following the guidance here. MS130-26 was one of nine bulletins released on Monday to fix 13 separate vulnerabilities.

"We’ve determined that the update, when paired with certain third-party software, can cause system errors," Childs wrote. "As a precaution, we stopped pushing 2823324 as an update when we began investigating the error reports, and have since removed it from the download center."

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Microsoft has pulled a faulty security update in MS13-036, part of its April 2013 Patch Tuesday release. Those who had installed it should remove it.

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[ MDVSA-2013:142 ] postgresql
 

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InfoSec Skills launch cyber security competitions
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ITWeb
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