Connecting to LinkedIn...

W1siziisijiwmtuvmdqvmtuvmdgvntqvmzgvnzi1l01ptlrbu0hfqkxpr19vtljftkrfukvex0lnqudfx3jlc2l6zwrfyw5kx3jlbmrlcmvklmpwzyjdlfsiccisinrodw1iiiwimtkymhgxmjuwiyjdxq

Blog

Reveton Ransomware Gets Serious Upgrade with Pony Stealer

21/08/2014 by

W1siziisijiwmtqvmtavmjgvmtuvmtgvntmvotayl2zpbguixsxbinailcj0ahvtyiisijywmhg0mdbcdtawm2uixv0

The standard ransomware business model is dangerous enough as it is, hinging on holding one’s computer files hostage in return for extortion payments. But Reveton, which employs a 'police' gambit, has upped its game considerably with the addition of a password-stealer that opens the door to far worse damage than any standard ransomware could inflict.

“The latest generation of Reveton targets new black market business,” said Avast researchers, in an analysis. “The authors upped the ante of the despised malware from a lockscreen-only version to a dangerously powerful password and credentials stealer, by adding the last version of Pony Stealer. This addition affects more than 110 applications and turns your computer to a botnet client.”

The madeover malware has 17 main stealer modules like those targeting OS credentials, FTP clients, browsers, email clients, instant messaging clients, online poker clients, and more than 140 submodules.

Reveton now also steals passwords from five crypto-currency wallets: BitCoin, BlackCoin, DarkCoin, DodgeCoin, LiteCoin, VertCoin. The crypto-currency module can close QT wallets and imitate the log-in screen after the next execute.

“Pony authors conduct deep reverse engineering work which results in almost every password decrypted to plain text form,” Avast researchers said. “The malware can crack or decrypt quite complex passwords stored in various forms.”

The new Reveton can also collect systems information, including deep system information, screensaver password, LSA local, Windows passwords and certificates, RAS, ASP/.NET credentials, Groups passwords, proxy, WinSocks, WinInet pipe and more.

In other words, taken together, it can collect all of the access information needed to wreak havoc on a user’s system and personal finances.

“The high profits from the former Reveton model, unlocking the infected computer after the user pays a ransom, is not enough,” Avast researchers said. “Malware authors have decided to enter into a new black business area. Passwords to various systems and crypto currency wallets are a very lucrative commodity today. Some passwords (FTP, emails, IM…) are perfectly suited for spreading their malware and build stronger botnets.”

This article has been extracted from http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com, please click on this link to read the article in full 
http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/reveton-ransomware-gets-upgrade/

Montash is a multi-award winning, global technology recruitment firm. Specialising in permanent and contract positions across mid-senior appointments which cover a wide range of industry sectors and IT functions, including:

ERP, BI & Data, Information Security, IT Architecture & Strategy, Energy Technologies, Demand IT and Business Engagement, Digital and E-commerce, Infrastructure and Service Delivery, Project and Programme Delivery.

With offices based in London, Montash has completed assignments in over 30 countries and has appointed technical professionals from board level to senior and mid-management in permanent and contract roles.

comments powered by Disqus

Social Stream

Latest News

W1siziisijiwmtcvmdkvmjkvmdgvmtmvmjkvmjgyl1vudgl0bgvkigrlc2lnbiaomjuplmpwzyjdlfsiccisinrodw1iiiwimzgwedewmcmixv0

Are PSLs a Blocker or an Enabler?

2017-10-02 11:00:00 +0100

The use of a Preferred Supplier List (PSL) was intended to support and strengthen relationships and performance between organisations and their third party suppliers. As the technical landscape continues to evolve at rapid rate recruitment and demand for new skills becomes more intense. Are PSLs still the solution or an obstacle to sourcing the right talent? The traditional PSL A dedicated list of partners intended to guarantee quality and availability ...

W1siziisijiwmtcvmdkvmjevmdgvndmvmduvmtmxl1vudgl0bgvkigrlc2lnbiaomjmplmpwzyjdlfsiccisinrodw1iiiwimzgwedewmcmixv0

Why do we punish the victims of hacking?

2017-09-21 09:00:00 +0100

Hacks occur every 39 seconds, with 95% of them targeting governments, retailers and the tech industry. If the hackers are caught, they'll face prison time under the Computer Misuse Act. More often than not, the businesses who are victims of those attacks expose themselves to punishment of their own. The laws that determine the duty of protection owed to businesses and their customers is both vague and broad, making them question just how much protection...